The Graduate Studies Program at the Albany Medical College is responsible for the educational planning, methodology, and assessment leading to the granting of a graduate level degree. The Program offers curricula leading to the Doctor of Philosophy and Masters of Science (M.S.) degrees, and provides a stimulating environment that fosters biomedical research and critical thinking. In both basic science and clinical curricula, students join in the excitement of discovery and the challenges of research, and contribute meaningfully to the scientific enterprise of the Nation.
THE GRADUATE STUDIES OPERATING COMMITTEE manages the Graduate Studies Program at Albany Medical College. It is composed of the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies (Chair), the Vice Dean for Academic Administration, Graduate Directors from each of the Interdisciplinary Research Centers and the Clinical Science Masters Programs, the Chair of the Curriculum Committee and a Graduate Student Representative from the Graduate Student Organization.
The Graduate Studies Operating Committee coordinates its management through the actions of the Curriculum Committee, and the Graduate Student Progress Committee. With the exception of admissions decisions, all actions from the standing committees must be reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee.
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE GRADUATE STUDIES PROGRAM oversees all graduate level educational matters including preparation of the curriculum, designation of instructional time for all programs, making rules and regulations affecting all matters that may be properly referred to as the academic affairs of the Graduate Studies Program.
The Vice Dean for Academic Administration is the Chair of the Executive Committee. The voting membership consists of one Director from each of the Interdisciplinary Research Centers and the Clinical Science Masters Programs, the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, (represents the Graduate Studies Operating Committee), the President of the Graduate Student Organization and the Chair of the Curriculum Committee.
The Ex Officio committee members include: the faculty members of the Graduate Studies Operating Committee (GSOC), the Director of Admissions and Student Records, the Associate Dean for Technology and Director of the Schaffer Library, a liaison member from the University at Albany School of Public Health, and the Dean of the Albany Medical College. This governing body is responsible to the Academic Governing Council, which is chaired by the Dean of the Albany Medical College.
THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE, as advisory to the Executive Committee through the Graduate Studies Operating Committee, is charged with the development and maintenance of the graduate curriculum, according to the standards set by the Executive Committee. Specific responsibilities include the review and recommendation for approval of course offerings, ensuring that curricular offerings exist in a coherent plan across Centers, overseeing the evaluation process, and recommends updates of the Graduate Studies Program rules. The members of the Curriculum Committee include faculty members from the each Basic Science and Clinical Science Center, a Faculty representative from the School of Public Health, a student member nominated by the Graduate Student Organization and the Vice Dean for Academic Administration as an ex-officio member. The Committee representatives, in conjunction with representation from the State University at Albany School of Public Health, shall develop and oversee the joint component of the first year curriculum for basic science students. The full membership of the AMC Curriculum Committee shall recommend all courses for graduate credit and evaluate suitability of courses for transfer credit. All courses, whether graduate or medical at Albany Medical College or graduate level at other institutions (available for registration through the Hudson-Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities), must be reviewed and recommended for approval by the Curriculum Committee, through the Graduate Studies Operating Committee, with final approval by the Executive Committee before graduate credit can be recorded by the Office of Student Records. The list of such approved courses is available in the Graduate Studies Program Office and on the AMC Website (www.amc.edu).
THE GRADUATE STUDENT PROGRESS COMMITTEE, as advisory to the Executive Committee is charged with the evaluation of academic performance of each graduate student in all programs to ensure compliance with standards as set forth by the Executive Committee. The members of the Graduate Student Progress Committee include graduate directors in each Center, faculty members of the Curriculum Committee, or a member appointed by the Center Director, and the Vice Dean for Academic Administration as an ex-officio member. The Committee is chaired by the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies.
HUDSON-MOHAWK ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES - The Graduate Studies Program of the Albany Medical College is a member institution of the Hudson-Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities thereby subject to all inter-institutional agreements and policies.
FACULTY OF THE GRADUATE STUDIES PROGRAM - The Faculty of the Graduate Studies Program shall be selected from the faculty members of the Albany Medical College. Each Center shall prepare an annual list of its graduate faculty and a list of those faculty who may serve as mentors. All research center mentors must be fundable scientists. All research for degree purposes must be conducted under the direct supervision of a faculty member of the Graduate Studies Program.
CENTER PEROGATIVE - The statements in these rules reflect the minimal standards and requirements of the Graduate Studies Program. A Center may establish more rigorous standards and additional requirements. Before matriculation, students will be provided with a written set of the Center's supplemental rules and regulations, if such supplemental rules and regulations exist in that program. Such requirements are subject to review and recommendation for approval by the Curriculum Committee. Recommendation for action will be made to the Graduate Studies Operating Committee for review prior to presenting the recommendation to the Executive Committee. The final approval must come from the Executive Committee. Center requirements are available in the Graduate Studies Program Office.
AMENDMENTS - The Rules and Regulations of the Graduate Studies Program may be amended as approved by the Executive Committee.
EXCEPTIONS - A student who feels justified in requesting an exception to any of the regulations contained herein may do so in writing to the Executive Committee, in care of the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies. The Executive Committee will make a final ruling on the request for exception within two months of the receipt of the request.
Students, please refer to your Center's individual rulebook for additional rules.