PhD in Clinical Research Admissions

As you weigh your PhD program options for your doctoral degree in clinical or translational research, we are happy you are considering the PhD in Clinical Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Our Program seeks outstanding candidates who desire the skills necessary to become innovative leaders in clinical or translational research. It provides students with a strong didactic foundation combined with a mentored clinical research experience leading to a doctoral degree in Clinical Research.

How to Apply

Applicants to the PhD in Clinical Research program will need to have earned a Masters degree from an accredited college or university in order to be considered for admission into the program.

To apply to the PhD in Clinical Research Program, please submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume or CV
  • GRE and MCAT test scores are not required for admission. However, applicants are free to share their scores if they have already taken the test 
  • TOEFL scores and USMLE if applicable (see instructions for foreign applicants)
  • $80 application fee

If we are seriously considering your application for our PhD program, we may invite you for an interview. A telephone interview is possible if geographical considerations are challenging.

Application Deadlines & Decisions

We consider all the data we receive from each applicant before making our decisions. We review PhD in Clinical Research applications and supporting documentation throughout the year for admission to the upcoming Fall term. In addition, the program accepts applications for matriculation during the Spring I and Spring II term. Specific term deadlines are:

Fall:           July 1 for all Domestic Students

                 June 1 for all Foreign Nationals

Spring I:    December 1 for all Domestic Students

                 November 1 for all Foreign Nationals 

Spring II:   March 1 for all Domestic Students

                 February 1 for all Foreign Nationals

Admissions Requirements for Foreign Students

If you graduated from a foreign college or university and have completed an academic program equivalent to an American Master’s degree, you may apply for admission to the PhD in Clinical Research program.

Applicants are required to have foreign transcripts translated into English by a certified foreign credential translation service (ex. WES, ECE, FIS). Please have both the translated documents and the original transcripts from your school sent directly to the:

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Clinical Research Education Program
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1002
New York, NY 10029

Please contact the program administration should you have any questions.

International medical graduates who have taken part or all USMLE steps are required to submit their test scores as part of their application.

In addition, the TOEFL is required if your native language is not English and/or if your education was not conducted in English. We look for a computer test score of 250 or higher. If you received your first university degree in an English-speaking country, you may request an exemption from TOEFL.

If you are an accepted international student, you will need to get information on getting the appropriate Visa. Our International Personnel Office is able to help and can be reached at (212) 241-8300.