Graduate Programs in the Biomedical Sciences


The Five Year Plan

On average, the Ph.D. program takes five years to complete. A typical timeline:


  • Orientation . A weeklong program in mid-August during which you’ll get to know your fellow students and faculty and explore the campus, the neighborhood, and New York City.
  • Coursework. Two courses per semester from the program’s multidisciplinary curriculum: a combination of courses that provide a solid foundation in areas of scholarship critical to contemporary biomedical research, including cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry.
  • Laboratory rotations. First-year graduate students rotate in any three of the more than 200 research laboratories at Einstein. At the end of the second semester, you will choose a faculty mentor in whose laboratory you will conduct your thesis work.


  • Coursework. Complete courses by choosing from a variety of advanced specialized courses available to match your developing interests.
  • Thesis research. Begin work on your thesis in the laboratory of your mentor.
  • Qualifying examination. In the spring you will take the qualifying exam workshops in preparation for the qualifying exam, write a research proposal based on your thesis work, and take the oral qualifying exam.


  • Coursework. Complete any remaining coursework relevant to your research interests.
  • Thesis research. Focus on your individual research in your thesis lab. As your work evolves, you are encouraged to seek collaborations with investigators in other laboratories to develop a truly multidisciplinary body of work.
  • Present at national and international scientific symposia.
  • Participate in the Thesis Workshops to start preparing your thesis.
  • Begin publishing your work in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Write and defend your thesis.
  • Participate in career development workshops.
  • Celebrate at graduation! 
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