Einstein-Cardozo Bioethics Graduate Education


Table of Contents

Administrative Procedures 

Course Registration Procedures  

Course Add, Drop and Withdrawal 


My YU Online (Banner®) 

Records and Transcripts 

Time within the Program  

Transfer of Course Credit 

Tuition Procedures 

Web-Based Course Management (CANVAS, etc) 


Administrative Procedures

Student IDs: All students will be issued student IDs, which should be worn or accessible at all times, for entry into a number of Einstein, Cardozo and Yeshiva buildings, as well as for the use of library services. MBE students will be issued Einstein student IDs for a period of 2 years. If additional time is needed to complete the degree, IDs will be renewed in one-year increments until degree requirements have been satisfied. Certificate students will be issued Einstein Student IDs for a period of 1 year.

Instructions: At the beginning of the academic year, the Center and Program Administrator sends a list of students to the Security Office of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. To obtain your card when you arrive on campus, please go to the Security Office, located in Forchheimer, room G‐09. They will be able to check your student status via computer, take your photo and provide you with your card.

Banner: Banner® is the student information system Yeshiva University uses to track information about students and alumni. The student information held in Banner is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). The location on the web where you can access Banner and view all your student information is www.yu.edu/myyu. You can view information pertaining to your admission to the program, grades, print unofficial transcripts, and your tuition/bill. You can also log in to My YU to update your contact information, marital status, etc. First time users will need to create an account by designating a login ID and PIN. Please see the Handbook's MyYU section below for further instructions.

Obtaining an Einstein/YU Email Address: All students will be assigned an Einstein Yeshiva University email account. Information regarding your Einstein/YU account will be distributed through an Orientation email. Please note that your Einstein/YU email addresses will be used in all communications to students from faculty and program administration.

Note: If you wish to use another email address, you will have to set up email forwarding.Students who need assistance with forwardingare welcome to contact the Center.

Change of Name and Address: A student who wishes to change either a first or last name on Einstein records must file a Request for Change of Name on School Records form. Students who change their home or local residences are required to notify the Office of the Registrar of the change within ten (10) days by filing a Notification of Change of Address form. A student is responsible for all mail sent to the old address if the University has not been so notified.


Course Registration Procedures

Academic Calendar(s): BIOE courses offered through Einstein typically operate on a semester system. Academic calendars for these BIOE courses are posted and updated here on this website. The calendars posted here do not describe semesters at Yeshiva University's other constitutive schools (such as Cardozo Law School or the medical curriculum at Einstein College of Medicine). It is the student’s responsibility to be informed about beginning and end dates for non-BIOE calendars and courses.

Obligation to Register: Students not on pre-approved leave must register, each term, according to the published deadlines for relevant academic calendars. Students not registered by the deadlines will be considered non-matriculated and pertinent offices will be notified. Failure to register can also lead to dismissal from the program. The Program Director can grant deferred registration, but a request should be made prior to deadlines.

Note: As a reminder, instructions for registering are emailed to all students prior to each registration period, but students are responsible for registering before deadlines even if this email message is for some reason not received.

Prior to Each Semester: The Center and Program Administrator and Registrar will send email notification of courses that are available and deadlines for registration in the semester to come. Before the beginning of term, students should discuss their curricular plans with the Center faculty advisor, though actual confirmation of courses occurs individually, when the student self-registers online, and not through the advisor.

Special Note for Cross-Registration: MBE students who wish to take a course that is not on our program's list of pre-approved range of courses, but within a Yeshiva University school or program, will have to cross-register -- a process involving several steps. All efforts to have the course approved for credit toward the MBE must be resolved in advance of the given semester, or be considered unsuccessful. For details about the process, approvals to obtain and the process of application, students should download the Cross-Registration form.

Actual Registration: Self-registration for all Certificate and Masters students will be done online through Banner®. Students should see the Handbook's MyYU section below for further instructions.

After Successful Registration: Registration information for each semester will be available through Banner. It is the student's responsibility to verify the information and bring any issues to the attention of the Registrar.


Course Add, Drop and Withdrawal

Adding a Course:S tudents have two (2) weeks after the beginning of a semester to register for a BIOE course and should note each semester's academic calendar for specific dates. A student adding a course should have already been attending the course, since the masters and certificate programs'strict attendance policy will still be in effect. If the initial online registration period has ended, students may use the Course Add/Drop form and submit to the Center and Registrar.

Note: As always, it is the student's responsibility to keep in mind slight variations in semester calendars for Yeshiva's University's constitutive centers and schools.

Dropping a Course: Students should note each semester's academic calendar for specific dates regarding drop deadlines. If the initial online registration period has ended, students may use the Course Add/Drop form and submit to the Center and Registrar.

Note: As always, it is the student's responsibility to keep in mind slight variations in semester calendars for Yeshiva's University's constitutive centers and schools.

Financial Considerations:Excepting the initial non-refundable deposit upon acceptance into the Certificate and Masters programs, students can drop a semester-long course without financial penalty within the first week of school. After that, tuition refunds will be pro-rated as follows:
after 1st week at 75%
after 2nd week at 50%
after 3rd week at 25%
after 4th week 0% refund.

Note: The above applies only to semester-long seminars. For intensive courses (typically of 4-5 sessions and limited enrollment), dropping one week before the 1st session leads to the forfeiture of a $500 deposit. There will be no tuition refund of any amount after having attended the first session.

Withdrawing from a Course: A semester-long course dropped after the seventh (7th) week of class will be given a grade of W (Withdrawal), which will be reflected on the transcript. A Course Withdrawal form must be filled out and signed by the student, course leader and program director. Students should refer to the academic calendar for exact dates of each semester, and the weeks they have until a course may be dropped without academic penalty.



Ceremonies: Commencement exercises are held once a year at the close of the academic year.

Applying for Graduation: A student applies for a degree by filing either an Application for Graduation-Certificate or an Application for Graduation-MBE prior to anticipated graduation. If the degree is not awarded at the end of the term indicated on the form, a new application must be filed every term until the degree is awarded.

Application Fees: On submitting an Application for Graduation, the student will be charged a Graduation fee of $150.00, by the Office of Student Finance. Graduation fees initially paid remain valid for an additional three (3) consecutive semesters, and do not need to be paid again, unless more than two (2) years elapse between payment and award of degree.

Clearance for Graduation: An application for graduation and degree conferral will be successful only if the student has fulfilled all degree requirements, maintained the Einstein's standards for academic integrity and professionalism, and been cleared by the Office of Student Finance, with no outstanding tuition, library fines or other account balances.


My YU Online

Banner Overview: Beginning with the Fall semester of 2012, every continuing student must register online, using Banner®: the student information system Einstein/Yeshiva University uses to track information about students and alumni. You will be able to obtain your grades, print unofficial transcript, also update your addresses (except Campus Address), telephone numbers, emergency contacts, ethnicity, check your standing (holds, etc.), and obtain enrollment verification certificate. You can view information pertaining to your admission to the program, requirements, and your tuition/bill. The student information held in Banner is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

Note: Students with a hold on their accounts will not have access to Web Registration.

Student Self-Setup in Banner: You can access Banner at www.yu.edu/myyu. First time users will need to create an account by designating a login ID and PIN. You will need the following to participate in Web Registration:

  • User ID number. Your User ID number is your Banner ID.
  • Personal Identification Number (PIN)
  • If this is the first time logging on: your temporary PIN will be emailed to your Einstein email address prior to registration. Note, you will be prompted to change your PIN. If you have previously logged on, your pin is what you chose your first time logging on. If you have forgotten your pin, you can click on the “Reset PIN” link on the BannerWeb login page. You must provide your student ID and your valid Einstein email address. Other email addresses cannot be used for this purpose. The new reset pin will be emailed to your Einstein email address.

Your Security on Banner: Here are important tips about security that you should keep in mind while using Banner:

  • Always exit Web Registration by clicking on EXIT at the top right of the screen. For maximum security, always close your browser. To protect your privacy, BannerWeb will automatically terminate a session if there are more than thirty minutes of inactivity. Should this occur, repeat the login process and start your session again.
  • It is strongly recommended that you change your PIN number frequently. Your PIN will automatically expire every 6 months.
  • BannerWeb will not allow you to be logged in from different computers at the same time. If this occurs, your session will be terminated.

Questions?: If you have questions or need assistance with any aspect of Web Registration, please contact our center and program administrator.


Records and Transcripts

Maintence of Records: Course and grade records will be maintained for every student in the form of a permanent transcript. Einstein has formulated its student record policy to guarantee the rights of privacy and access as provided by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This policy is consistent with policies of Yeshiva University and applies to all students. Students may review their academic record and transcript on-line (using the Banner system) at any time. Students who wish to obtain an official copy of their transcript must do so upon written request to the Registrar.

Accessing Final Grades: Final grades will be entered by the Registrar into Banner®, the student information system Einstein/Yeshiva University uses to track information about students and alumni, all protected by FERPA. Students can obtain their grades and print an unofficial transcript from this site, located at www.yu.edu/myyu. First time users will need to create an account by designating a login ID and PIN. Please see MyYU section below for further instructions.

Transcripts: Records of students are sent only in the form of a transcript. No partial records are sent, nor ones listing only courses without grades (remember that unofficial transcripts can be obtained through Banner®). Requests for official transcripts can be done by online by going to https://www.yu.edu/transcript. Note that transcripts are not issued for a student who has an overdue debt to the University or has failed to return all books to its libraries.

Questions about the Records: A student who believes that there is an error in his or her academic record (e.g., in a grade, average, credit value, or course description) must promptly call this to the attention of the Registrar. Even if there has been a mistake on the part of the University, no request for a correction will be considered unless the student notifies the Registrar within three months. It is therefore essential that students review their academic record regularly, at the end and beginning of semesters.


Time Within the Program

Time Guidelines for Completing the Program: A student should ideally complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Bioethics within five (5) years of admission to the program. The Certificate Program, however, must be completed withinone year of admission, unless a leave of absence is granted.

Leave of Absence: Students who need to interrupt their course of studies, but who expect to return at some future time, must file a Request for Leave of Absence. Such leaves are normally granted for a maximum of 2 semesters. Sympathetic consideration will be given to a request by a student returning from an official leave, who wishes to continue a course of study under the requirements in force at the time the leave was granted. Leaves of absence, except for the purpose of government service, do not extend the time limits set for completion of degree requirements.

At the beginning of an Academic or Personal Leave of Absence, the student must submit a Leave of Absence form, and upon return from the Leave of Absence, the student must formally notify the Registrar. When the student wishes to return from the Academic or Personal Leave of Absence, approval must be obtained from the Program Director, following complete review of the student’s academic record and a plan for improvement. If the student does not return when the Leave of Absence expires, the student will have the option to withdraw from the program or may be dismissed. Requests for extension of the Academic or Personal Leave of Absence must be approved by the Program Director.

A student who neither registers for courses nor secures an official leave of absence for any semester will be considered as having withdrawn from the program and from Einstein. A student who withdraws and then wishes to resume studies is required to apply for readmission.

Please note that under current Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations, foreign students in F-1 classification are not permitted to be on leave of absence.

Official Withdrawal: A student who is withdrawing from the program and does not expect to return at some future date must fill out an Application for Official Withdrawal form. Completion of this form is necessary for the student's record to bear the notation that an official withdrawal was granted. (A student who plans to return at some future date should instead file a Request for a Leave of Absence; see above.) A student who has withdrawn, and wishes to resume studies, is required to apply for readmission.


Transfer of Course Credit

Parameters for Credit Transfer: Credit for work completed at another institution of higher education is not automatically granted. Only courses at the graduate level, taken toward a degree at an accredited institution, will be considered. Students may transfer a maximum of ten (10) credits toward the MBE degree. No transfer credit is allowed for any external courses completed more than five (5) years before entering the program, whether or not the credit was earned toward a formal degree. No credit is given for any course transferred from another institution with a grade below B.

Applying for Credit Transfer: Students have the strongest chance of being granted credit for successfully completed graduate courses with clear equivalents within the MBE program. The determination of equivalency will be decided by the Program Director, who acts upon the recommendation of the faculty member who is the leader of the course for which equivalency and/or academic credit is being sought. The student who wishes to apply must complete the Request for Transfer of Credit, and also present the syllabus, related course information, pertinent written work and evidence of successful completion of exams and course requirements (official grade). The application is complete when all the aforementioned is submitted to the Center for Bioethics and the Einstein Registrar.

For courses taken prior to enrollment in the MBE program, this request must be made during the first semester in attendance. All official actions concerning transfer of credit are taken by the Registrar after all records are checked and subsequent to written approval by the Program Director. After careful review, the applicant will be informed of the number of credits that have been accepted to this program.

Taking External Courses for M.B.E. Credit: Matriculated students who wish to take a course outside the Yeshiva University system, and for credit toward the MBE while enrolled in the program, must receive prior special approval from the Program Director. No transfer credit will be approved if prior approval is not obtained. Students may not apply more than two (2) of such external courses toward satisfying requirements for the MBE.

Note: Registration for outside courses is the sole responsibility of the student in accordance with the procedures of the other institutions. It is also the responsibility of the student to have an academic transcript sent from the other institution directly to the Center and Einstein Registrar. The course number, title, semester-hour equivalents, and the name of the institution will be entered on the student's transcript as a transfer course subsequent to successful completion of the course.

Second Note: for non-preapproved courses within the Yeshiva University system, please see instructions for cross-registration above.

Certificate Program Credits: All Certificate Program credits must be taken at Einstein. No transfer credits are permitted in the Certificate Program.


Tuition Procedures

Tuition (2018-2019): Tuition charges for the current academic year are set at $1,181 per credit, with the one exception being the Certificate Program (6 credits), charged separately at a rate of $6,000 for the complete program. Tuition is payable by semester and is due before the beginning of classes. Invoices will be generated through the Office of Student Finance, before each semester, based on the number of credits to be taken. Students who have an overdue debt to the University will not be able to register for courses.

Deposit and Tuition Refund: Each new Certificate and Masters student will provide a non-refundable deposit of $500 upon accepting our admissions offer. The deposit will be applied toward the first semester's tuition, which as always is due in full before classes begin. Where applicable, tuition refunds for individual courses are given on a prorated basis, according to the drop policy above.

Financial Aid, etc: For very helpful details concerning tuition reimbursement, payment plans and student loans, please see the Handbook's section on Financial Aid.

For all counseling and assistance please contact Damien Jackson, Director, Office of Student Finance, at 718.862.1813 or damien.jackson@einstein.yu.edu.


Web-Based Course Management (CANVAS, etc.)

Using Canvas: Canvas is a web-based course management and collaboration portal that enables educators to manage course materials and to communicate with students. The portal can function both as a complement to traditional courses and as a site for distance learning.

Please use the following link to access Canvas. Here, you can take surveys, quizzes, and tests; send and receive course mail; post messages to threaded discussions and chat rooms; upload assignments using online drop boxes; and more. You can check your progress and grades at any time during a course. You can also create groups and teams for project or committee work.


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