Graduate School of Medical Sciences
A partnership with the Sloan Kettering Institute

Course Offerings

BCMB Allied Program

PhD in Population Health Sciences

Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis



Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology

Clinical Epidemiology Program

Clinical and Translational Investigation

Health Services for Physician Assistants

Master's in Population Health Sciences

Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership

Computational Biology

Biomedical Imaging



Course Registration

The Office of the Registrar for the Graduate School at Weill Cornell Medical College is the official custodian of unabridged student academic records past, present and future. The Registrar's staff plans and conducts student registration, maintains and updates academic records, interprets and applies academic policies, and verifies enrollment and Master and Doctoral degrees awarded. Academic curriculum policies are administered by the individual programs.

Establishing registration status:

Registration is the first step in your study at Weill Cornell Graduate School (WCGS). Once registered with the WCGS, you will have established your student status and be able to use Weill Cornell’s many resources. You must be registered each Fall and Spring Term until you finish your degree or withdraw from the program. You do not have to register if you are granted a leave of absence. The Office of the Registrar determines student registration status. In order to be considered a registered student, a student must:

  • Enroll in at least one course, or enroll in a graduate Dissertation/Thesis Research course

Changing your registration status:

You must notify WCGS and the Registrar’s Office if you wish to withdraw, take a leave of absence, or otherwise cease to be registered.

Enrolling in Courses:

Follow these steps to register for courses:

  1. Review current course offerings and other important registration instructions posted here.
    1. Fall Term (Quarter I and II) – September to January
    2. Spring Term (Quarter III and IV) – January to June
    3. Summer Term (Quarter V) – June to September
  2. Log into LEARN, the online registration system;
  3. Review the Lab Rotation List before registering in LEARN;
  4. All PhD new incoming students must register and complete the Responsible Conduct of Research Course (RCRP 9010) during their first Fall Term

All Graduate students must register within the first three weeks of each academic term by logging into the LEARN System. This includes:

  1. All PhD students, even those who have completed their required course work and are taking strictly “Dissertation/Thesis Research;”
  2. All MD/PhD students who are in their WCGS PhD degree phase, even those who have completed their required coursework and are taking strictly “Dissertation/Thesis Research;”

Anyone that is not full admitted into the Graduate School, but seeking to take a PhD-level course, please contact the Registrar’s Office on how to apply as a Non-Degree Graduate Student.

Auditing Courses:

Students are permitted to audit a course, whereby they regularly attend classes without participating in all graded aspects of the course. Students must obtain approval from the course director and their home department, before they may audit a course. The audited course will appear on the student’s transcript as AU. Deadlines to declare an audit and to add/drop a course are outlined in the academic calendar. Students may not audit a course and later retake the same course for credit. Courses taken as an audit do not fulfill program degree requirements.

Grading Policies:

The Graduate School does not use a credit or a GPA grading scale. Check with individual Graduate Programs for other grading policies specific to the Program. Presently grades are recorded as follows:

H=Honors; HP=High Pass; LP=Low Pass; P=Pass, F=Fail. I=Incomplete; AUD=Audit; W=Withdrawn, EX=Except; NG=Non-graded Course; WIP=Work in Progress

  • Incompletes: A professor may assign an Incomplete to students who do not finish all of the course work by the end of the course, in order to allow time to finish. However, this is at the discretion of the professor. The professor may instead deduct unfinished work from your final course grade.
  • Dropping Courses: Review the Academic Calendar for the last day to drop a course without having a Withdrawn posted on a transcript.

Questions or concerns regarding registration? Please contact the Office of the Registrar:
(646) 962-3470
1300 York Avenue, Room C-114, New York, NY 10065

Grade Appeal Process:

If a student believes that there is a credible basis to assert that a course evaluation, including examination and narrative assessment, rotation or annual committee report, or grade awarded does not reflect the student’s objective course/laboratory performance, the student must first seek the guidance of the course director or program director, respectively. This must be done within 30 days of the posting of the grade or submission of the report to the student’s file. If a discussion with the course director/program director does not resolve the issue, the student must present the concerns in writing to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for a request for review of the grade or evaluation no later than 45 calendar days following the posting of the grade or report. Grades/evaluations may not be appealed after this 45-day deadline has passed. The student should set forth the reasons for his or her request for review of the grade/evaluation. In consultation with the faculty involved, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs has discretion to request documents and relevant information that would be needed to conduct a full and fair assessment of the evaluation or grade under review. The Dean shall determine a final resolution, and communicate this to the student and to the appropriate course director/PI within 30 days of the request for evaluation/grade review.


Additional Course Offerings

Degree-seeking students may have the opportunity to participate in courses at affiliate organizations. These include Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech, and more. These offerings are all subject to availability and require approval. For more information, please visit the Registrar

Scientific Communications Offerings

 WCGS offers courses and workshops to help students develop their scientific writing (research papers, grant proposals) and presentation skills. Listed below are courses and workshops available to graduate students.

  • ACE preparation workshops: various WCGS programs offer workshops to students to prepare for the ACE. e.g., BCMB offers a 3-session series
  • Introduction to Scientific Writing seminar by Dean Nathan, offered in November every year (IMP Program specific)
  • Art of Written Scientific Communication course by Ushma Neill, MSK Vice President Scientific Education & Training and Teo Pulvirenti, Executive Editor of the Journal of Experimental Medicine. Anticipated 2 to 4 times per year.
  • CTSC Skills Acquisition Workshops (Please check News section on the CTSC website)
    1) Writing and publishing high-impact research manuscripts 
    2) Planning and writing successful grant proposals
  • Regular workshops for F31 and NSF predoctoral grants by Dr. Xiaoai Chen

    Before each NIH F31 and NSF grant submission deadline the Graduate School offers a series of workshops to help students prepare competitive  applications. As part of the workshop series, students can also avail of one-on-one external consultant services  for scientific editing of their proposals.

    See below for outline of the F31 workshop.

  • Three Minute Thesis: each November, WCGS holds its annual 3MT competition, which is an opportunity for students to hone and demonstrate their ability to communicate their science to a non-specialist audience.

Sociocultural Barriers in STEM

Course Directors:

  • Sushmita Mukherjee
    PhD, MS Associate Professor of Research in Biochemistry Director
    Optical Microscopy and Image Analysis Services Microscopy and Image Analysis Core Facility
Teaching Assistant(s): 

Course Description and Objectives:
In this seminar course we will discuss the historical context of bias and exclusion in science, read from and discuss the primary literature to understand the science of bias and why it is present and how it has continued to persist across the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, and identify actionable items to address and overcome these issues.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, students will have learned:

  • To identify types of systemic inequities in STEM.
  • To understand and analyze how sociological theory and principles intersect with the higher educational system and scientific workforce.
  • To identify and propose actions that can be implemented as individuals, as well as steps institutions can take, to decrease bias and promote equity and inclusion.
  • Terminology, trends, resources, and tools for understanding sociocultural barriers.

To learn more and register, please visit the Registrar.


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