Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
For your convenience, we have compiled the list of frequently asked questions regarding the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, the PhD program admissions process and selection criteria. Answers to these and many other questions can be found throughout the School of Medicine web site.
The Application Process
- What are the required application materials for an application to be considered complete?
- Is a bachelor's degree required for admission?
- Will I need to take the MCAT/GRE?
- What is the deadline for applying?
- How many letters of recommendation are required and who should write them?
- Where do I send my letters of recommendation and transcripts?
- What prerequisite courses are required?
- I am currently pursuing a graduate/professional degree. Do I have to complete the degree before I can apply to the School of Medicine?
- Do you accept transfer students?
- I am an international student. Can I apply?
- Can I use AP and/or CLEP credits for recommended coursework?
- Will the School of Medicine accept community college classes for recommended coursework?
- Does the School of Medicine accept Distance Learning/online courses for recommended coursework?
- Will online degrees be considered in the application process for the PhD program?
The Admissions Process
- Do you give preference to in-state applicants?
- What does a typical PhD Interview day consist of?
- When can I expect to hear back regarding an offer of acceptance?
Where is the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research located?
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is located on the North Shore University Hospital campus in Manhasset, NY, which is about 25 minutes away from Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.
The Application Process:
Required Application materials include:
o Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
o MCAT or GRE scores, not older than three years at the time of application
o TOEFL score, if appropriate, not older than three years at the time of application
o Two letters of reference; at least one from a science teacher or supervisor of a research project
o An essay describing your previous research experience
What is the deadline for applying?
Applicants may apply staring September 1 annually, and the deadline to have all required documents submitted is March 1 annually. The online applications can be found at https://apply.phd.hofstra.edu
How many letters of recommendation are required and who should write them?
Two letters of reference are required. At least one of your letters should be from a science faculty or supervisor of research project.
Where do I send my letters of recommendation and transcripts?
These documents should be uploaded to the online application. Transcripts or letters of recommendation can be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions at:
Office of Admissions
ATTN: PhD Program
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
500 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
What prerequisite courses are required?
Although the School of Medicine does not require a specific set of undergraduate courses in the natural sciences, we recommend that candidates complete the course work listed below. Non-traditional candidates who may be lacking in one or another of the areas listed below, but who have extraordinary post-graduate experience, especially in a scientific and/or clinical setting, are encouraged to apply.
Recommended course work includes, but is not limited to:
- One year of college Biology with Lab
- Chemistry, to the level of organic or biochemistry
- One year of college Mathematics, preferably including Statistics
- One year of college Physics
- English Literature or Equivalent, including Writing
I am currently pursuing a graduate/professional degree. Do I have to complete the degree before I can apply to the School of Medicine?
You cannot be dually enrolled while a matriculated student at the School of Medicine. If currently enrolled in a graduate/professional degree program, you must complete all requirements for your degree before matriculation.
Can I use AP and/or CLEP credits for recommended coursework?
Advanced Placement (AP) credits are acceptable if they appear on college transcripts and are verified by AMCAS. It is highly recommended, however, that students take additional advanced courses in these areas. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits may not be used to fulfill any of the premedical course recommendations.
Does the School of Medicine accept Distance Learning/online courses for recommended coursework?
We prefer coursework that includes active learning and on-site classroom participation. In certain circumstances, we may honor a limited number amount of online coursework, particularly if not major-related and not PhD program-recommended.
Will online degrees be considered in the application process for the PhD program?
We highly value classroom interaction and therefore will not honor fully online degrees for admission to the PhD Program.
The Admissions Process:
What does a typical PhD Interview day consist of?
On the scheduled interview day, applicants will need to travel to the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. The start time will be sent to applicants via email prior to their interview. Paid parking is available behind the building.
The interview will start with a breakfast with the directors of the training program. Each applicant will have the opportunity to interview with faculty in accordance with his/her interests. (Prior to their interview day, applicants will have already selected 3-4 researchers that they would like to meet with.) Applicants will also receive a tour of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.