The Flex-Grad Program

The Flex Grad Program at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai provides a pathway to early admission into our graduate school (PhD and MD/PhD programs) for students already enrolled in our Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP).

The SURP program is targeted to undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing careers as research scientists (future PhD and MD/PhD graduate students only). The program runs for ten weeks from June to August and is a non-degree, non-credit undergraduate experience. At the culmination of the program, SURP students will be evaluated for admission into Flex-Grad based on a criterion that includes research skills, as well as oral and poster presentation.

Select rising juniors and seniors will be conditionally admitted into the PhD or MD/PhD degree programs through Flex-Grad. Early admission to the Graduate School through our Flex-Grad program is coupled with waived standardized testing and credit for laboratory rotations, allowing students an accelerated pathway to a PhD or MD/PhD degree at ISMMS.

All Flex-Grad students will receive free housing and $5,000 direct reimbursement for the summer.


To be eligible to be considered for SURP, students must:

  • Be rising juniors or seniors at an accredited undergraduate college or university from a U.S. accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Have at least six months of independent research experience

To be eligible to be considered for Flex-Grad, students must be previously accepted and enrolled in our SURP program

To be eligible to matriculate into the PhD program via FlexGrad, students must complete the following:

  • Honors thesis or equivalent
  • One year of Chemistry, Biology, or Physics, and /or Mathematics, with no less than a “B.”
  • One semester of a statistics course *

*No online courses can be used to fulfill the pre-matriculation requirements.

To be eligible to matriculate into the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) via the FlexGrad program students must meet all the requirements for MSTP by matriculation. Learn more about requirements for matriculation to the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)