FAQ

What percentage of students that complete the program go on to medical school?

In a recent assessment of outcomes over a 6-year period, 93% of those students applying to MD, MD/PhD or PhD programs following MSBS were successful entering those programs. In one recent year, 85% of students applying to MD programs gained entrance and more than 90% seeking PhD training enrolled. We expect the numbers to go up a little bit because not all of our students get in the first cycle in which they apply.

Can we apply to other programs at Mount Sinai (ie. the Masters in Clinical Research program)?

Yes. We want our applicants to find the program that is best for them.  The MSBS program focuses on basic and translational sciences in the form of classroom learning and extensive laboratory experimentation. If your interests also lie in other areas, we highly recommend that you apply to multiple programs and weigh your options once you have them. Of course, we would love for you to come to MSBS, but more importantly, we want you to find the right program for yourself. Clinical Research is about looking at the population level statistics, to see the clinical relevance of different questions. A complete list of our graduate programs can be found here

How common is it for your students to move along to another degree within the same institution?

This varies from year to year and students do gain admission to our Medical School as well as the PhD and MD/PhD programs.  Please note that there is no guarantee that graduating from the MSBS program will gain you acceptance to our PhD or medical school. However, you will have access to these programs and you will be taking classes along with the PhD and medical school students.

Is it a good idea to take classes as a non-matriculate while waiting to hear back about an admissions decision? Yes, however taking classes as a non-matriculate will not impact the admission process.

Along with the MCAT prep that the program offers, is there career advising for students looking to go into med school? Yes, there is plenty of support through the directors, scientists and physicians affiliated with the program.

Can the GRE or MCAT scores be sent after an application is completed?

We will accept unofficial transcripts and test scores at the time of the application review. If you are offered a spot then prior to joining Mt. Sinai you will need to provide official transcripts and test scores.

When is the best time during the program to take the MCAT?

Many students take the MCAT in the spring of the first year. But every student is different and has different needs, so you will find a lot of support for when you are ready to take the test.

Will the program assist students in preparing for the MCAT?

Yes, we help by providing financial support that allows you to prepare the best way for you, whether it's one on one tutoring or taking a course or buying books for self-studying. 

How do you help students find a laboratory?

  • Our faculty are excited to have the MSBS students join their labs!
  • We give you access to a searchable database of all faculty and their labs which will allow you to search labs according to your interest.
  • Our director will also send you a list of all the faculty who indicated that they have an interest in securing students for their labs.
  • We also hold a research symposium where the faculty who are looking to recruit students present their labs and students are able to network and ask questions.
  • Additionally, every student has an academic advisor based on areas of research interest who will help you find a lab.

Is the Master's program more geared towards fulfilling medical school requirements, or can it also be helpful for someone mainly looking to go into industry?

The three primary paths that students take after grad school are med school, PhD programs or industry. One of the benefits of our degree is that it will prepare you for a wide variety of career paths.

Are students able to balance research and course load with volunteer work/part-time jobs?

Since most of our students are planning to go on to further academic training after MSBS, they often need to gain additional experience. As long as you are not struggling academically or in the laboratory, there will be no problem with you doing some extracurricular work.

How many people apply to the program and how many of them get accepted?

In the 2019 admissions cycle, we received 325 completed applications and 43 students were enrolled in the program. For the 2020 cycle, we expect to see a small increase in the number of applications submitted, and we plan to take 45-50 students into the program.

What if you are an older student with another advanced degree and it has been several years since working in or studying in science?

We welcome students of all ages as long as you can demonstrate a background in science.

Is there subsidized housing that is provided for other grad students/postdocs?

Our master students at Mount Sinai, do not have access to subsidized housing. We do have resources available to help you find housing options and we have partnerships with some real estate companies who are able to prioritize Sinai students.

Is a three-year undergraduate degree considered for an application?

Yes, if you've completed your undergraduate degree.

Is it possible to contact PI’s when a prospective student is interested in exploring labs and can newly admitted students begin research prior to the official start date of the program?

Yes, we strongly encourage you to reach out to our faculty when you're exploring programs. Many of our faculty are very happy to talk to you about their students. Furthermore, students are able to join labs prior to enrolling, but it is important to note that you will do so as a volunteer in the lab and not as a student. You will not start as a student until school starts in early August.

What are the application requirements?

  • Undergraduate science major or fulfillment of all pre-med requirements
  •  At least a year of college biology and general chemistry
  • Prior research experience- at least 3 mos.
  • 3.0 or higher college GPA
  • MCAT 495 GRE 305+
  • International students must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores unless they went to college in an English-speaking country
  • Three letters of recommendation - at least one needs to be from a research mentor

Can I finish the MSBS Program in one year?

Yes, but it is not common. In order to finish the Program in one year, you will need to have graduate level courses that qualify for transfer. You would also need to have enough research experience to allow you to begin your thesis immediately. One year is a very short period in which to complete all the research, so you’ll need to be efficient and productive. Although it would be challenging to complete the program in one year, it has been done.

How many credits can I transfer?

You can transfer up to 16 credits. You can see which graduate level courses qualify for transfer at the Registrar’s Office.

Can I take med school courses?

Yes. There are three first-year medical school courses open to you: Medical Physiology, Medical Microbiology, and Immunology. Learn more about our first year medical courses  

Is student housing available?

Subsidized housing is not available for Master students but we encourage you to explore housing options by emailing housing@mountsinai.org.