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PhD Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

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, approximately 20 minutes from Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Do you accept transfer students?

The School of Medicine does not accept transfer students at this time.

Can I pursue another graduate/professional degree while I am enrolled in the PhD program at the School of Medicine?

Due to the breadth of work and time needed to dedicate to your studies, you cannot be enrolled in another graduate/professional degree program while pursuing a PhD degree at the School of Medicine.

How to Apply

Is a bachelor's degree required for admission?

Yes, all applicants must complete a bachelor-level degree at an accredited college or university prior to matriculation in the PhD Program.

What is the deadline for applying?

Applicants may begin applying on September 1. A complete application must be submitted by March 1. Extensions will not be granted. The online applications can be found at

Do you give preference to in-state applicants?

No, we do not give preference to in-state applicants.

Can international students apply to the PhD program?

Yes, international students can apply for the PhD program.

Application Requirements

What materials are needed for my application to be considered complete?

Required application materials include:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended
  • MCAT or GRE scores, not older than three years at the time of application
  • TOEFL score, if appropriate, not older than three years at the time of application
  • Two letters of reference; at least one from a science professor, or supervisor of a research project
  • An essay describing your previous research experience
  • A $60 application fee
Will I need to take the MCAT/GRE?

Yes, either MCAT or GRE scores are required to complete your PhD application. Individuals with an MD degree who wish to acquire a PhD should apply to the Elmezzi program at the Feinstein Institute.

How many letters of recommendation are required and who should write them?

Two letters of reference are required, including at least one letter from a science faculty member, or a supervisor of research projects.

Where do I send my letters of recommendation and transcripts?

Letters of recommendation should be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions at:

Office of Admissions
ATTN: PhD Program
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
500 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549

What prerequisite courses are required?

There are no prerequisite courses in the natural sciences needed to apply; however, the School of Medicine strongly recommends successful completion of the coursework outlined on our How To Apply page under “Application Requirements”. Non-traditional candidates lacking in any of the coursework listed there, but who have extraordinary post-graduate experience, especially in a scientific and/or clinical setting are encouraged to apply.

Will the School of Medicine accept community college classes for recommended coursework?

Yes, the School of Medicine will accept recommended coursework completed at a community college.

Will online degrees be considered in the application process?

We highly value classroom interaction and; therefore, will not honor online degrees for admission to the PhD program.

Application Process

What does a typical PhD Interview day consist of?

On the scheduled interview day, applicants travel to the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. The start time, directions, and other detailed information will be sent by email to applicants prior to their interview. Breakfast will be served with the directors of the training program. Each applicant will interview with faculty in accordance with his/her interests. Applicants will also receive a tour of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and have the opportunity to talk with our current students.

When can I expect to hear back regarding an offer of acceptance?

Offers of admission will be emailed at the end of April.