Students who wish to apply for the PhD program at the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences should have already completed a baccalaureate degree program at an accredited institution prior to matriculation.

Applicants must have completed the following college-level courses:

  • general biology
  • general chemistry
  • general physics
  • organic chemistry (two semesters)
  • mathematics (through integral calculus)
  • introductory course in biochemistry
  • physical chemistry (recommended)

In addition, applicants should have completed some advanced science and mathematics coursework. Students may make arrangements to fulfill a specific course requirement during the summer before matriculation. Special requests for a waiver of any of these requirements will be evaluated within the context of the student’s undergraduate record and prior research experience.

Submission of General and Advanced Subject Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores is optional and not required for admission. 

It is essential that applicants have significant basic science research experience. Letters of recommendation from research mentors and written comments from the applicant about prior research work are major components of the student admissions file.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

In accordance with institutional policy and in compliance with the requirements of the Civil Rights Act, the Education Amendments, the Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSK) does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status or any other status protected by law in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment or any other GSK program or activity.

Any inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies can be addressed to GSK’s Title IX Coordinator:  

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, you can contact the appropriate federal office by visiting the website for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 800-421-3481.

Transfer of Credit

Matriculated students can apply for transfer of credit. Supporting materials including complete syllabus, reading materials, and exams should be submitted to the registrar with a cover letter detailing the request. Such requests will be reviewed by the curriculum committee for content, topic coverage, and comparison to the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School curriculum.