Students apply for admission to the Graduate Studies Program by completing the online application. To apply online, please go to:
If an applicant has a clear interest in one of the Interdisciplinary Research Centers (IRCs) at Albany Medical College, this should be designated on the application, along with selected faculty members from that IRC whose research the applicant finds most interesting. Graduate Directors of the IRCs then arrange for an applicant interview tailored to the applicant's specific interests. Alternatively, students who aren't sure which of the training programs best fit their interests may request an interdisciplinary interview process. In this process, applicants designate on the application the faculty members and areas of biomedical science, which most appeal to them. An interdisciplinary interview is arranged for these students, permitting the applicant an opportunity to speak with the faculty and program representatives from the various training programs which best fit the applicant's interests. Following this interdisciplinary interview, the applicant will be asked to identify a single IRC training program that they feel best aligns with their goals and interests. Acceptance is then granted by the Graduate Committee of the selected training program, followed by the approval of the Graduate Studies Operating Committee of the College. Upon acceptance, all students matriculate into one of the four IRC training programs.
The applicant must arrange to have the following materials forwarded to the Office of Graduate Studies:
All official transcripts of courses taken at the college and university level;
At least two letters of recommendation from undergraduate and/or graduate instructors or from employers; (Recommendation Letter PDF)
The completed application form;
Scores of the GRE; and
Scores of the TOEFL (if applicable).
All applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), prepared and administered by the Educational Testing Service, Box 592, Princeton, New Jersey 08540. Upon recommendation and approval of the Recruitment and Admissions Committee, the GRE may be waived for applicants with doctoral degrees (M.D., D.D.S., D.Eng., etc.). The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an equivalent examination is required of all foreign national applicants from non-English speaking universities or countries. Foreign applicants must also complete the International Applicant Supplemental form available from the Graduate Studies Program Office (PDF available here). Admissions requirements for the Nurse Anesthesiology Program can be found in the Clinical Science Division section.
Admissions to the Graduate Studies Program is open to students who have successfully completed the requirements for a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent academic degree. Applicants must have completed coursework in and demonstrated a high degree of competence in biology, organic chemistry and mathematics through calculus. To be competitive for admission, advanced courses in biology and/or chemistry, as well as research experience, are all recommended. Early application is encouraged. We recommend that applications be submitted and completed by mid-March.
Albany Medical College is committed to the belief that educational opportunities should be available to all eligible persons without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability or national origin. Our policies, practices and procedures reflect and support this belief.
Minority Applicants - Albany Medical College, through the Office of Community Outreach & Medical Education, is committed to increasing the number of qualified minority students enrolled in the College's Graduate Studies Program. The Institution has developed several programs designed to enhance the educational opportunities and access for minorities to the health and research professions. These programs have a broad scope which includes secondary school and collegiate enrichment activities as well as an academic support network for matriculated students. Albany Medical College is actively involved in the recruitment, admissions, and retention of minority candidates, as well as the development of support programs for minority students. The Office of Community Outreach & Medical Education works closely with the Office of the Graduate Studies Program and the Office of Financial Aid to offer counseling in personal, academic, and financial issues. For more information regarding minority affairs, contact the Graduate Studies Program Office or the Office of Community Outreach & Medical Education (518) 262-5824.
Student Status and Academic Year - The academic year consists of two semesters, July 1 through December 31 and January 1 through June 30. The minimum number of credits a full time student may take per semester are 10, the maximum are 18, and the normal course load would be 15-16. A student may take a maximum of 15 credits of research and a one to three credit colloquium or course per semester.
Students in an approved degree program must be registered in every semester until completion of their Defense of Thesis, or request a Leave of Absence. During the student's final semester, he/she must be registered for an appropriate number of credits determined by the Graduate Director and the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies. During this semester, the student will be considered full-time for the purpose of student status. Physician Assistant Studies scheduling reflects three semesters terms per calendar year: spring (15 weeks), summer (12 weeks), and fall (15 weeks).
A full-time student is one who is matriculated in an approved degree program of the Graduate Studies Program and is registered for a minimum of ten credits each semester. Such a student will be assessed full tuition, which will cover all courses, including summer courses during the academic year at Albany Medical College and at other institutions in the Hudson-Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities.
A part-time student is one who is matriculated in an approved degree program of the Graduate Studies Program and is registered for nine credits or less each semester. For matriculated part-time students taking less than ten credits during a semester, tuition will be assessed on a credit-hour basis.
Non-matriculated students may register for Graduate Studies Program courses with approval of the Course Director and the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies. Non-matriculated students will be assessed tuition on a credit hour basis. No limit is imposed upon the number of non-medical curriculum courses that may be taken for credit by a non-matriculated student. Courses in the Medical curriculum and courses involving laboratory work are not open to registration by non-matriculated students. Non-matriculated students must submit to the Office of the Graduate Studies Program evidence of qualification in the biological/biomedical sciences (usually a B.S. or equivalent degree).
Albany Medical College graduate students may cross-register for courses at other institutions in the Hudson-Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities. Albany Medical Center employees may register for Graduate Studies Program courses as non-matriculated students. Details of the Program may be obtained from the Graduate Studies Program Office.
Full-time graduate students enrolled at other institutions in the Hudson-Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities who wish to cross-register for Albany Medical College graduate courses numbered 500 or higher may do so with permission of the Course Director and the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies. Courses in the medical curriculum and courses involving laboratory work are not open to cross-registration. Cross-registered students are not assessed tuition. Albany Medical College graduate students may cross-register for courses at other institutions in the Hudson-Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities.
Graduate students who have been either full time or part-time students at Albany Medical College and have withdrawn from the Graduate Studies Program will not be allowed to register for courses as a non-matriculated student.