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Post-Bac FAQs

Is this a degree or certificate granting program?

No, this is a non-degree program offering undergraduate courses only.

Do I need to have a science undergraduate degree to apply?

No, all majors are welcome.

Can I retake courses to improve my GPA?

Yes!

Is there financial aid available?

While there is no financial support for post-baccalaureates, our cost per credit is the lowest of comparable programs. If financial assistance is needed, look for private bank loans that support non-degree students.

Is there a deadline for applying?

No, we have rolling admissions, and you can apply anytime. Our semester start dates can be found here.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

No. Students are evaluated based on their entire undergraduate record and are provided a customized academic plan to help them achieve their goals.

Are there evening and weekend classes?

All lab courses are offered M-F between 8 AM and 5 PM. Some lecture-only courses may be available in the evening and/or during summer sessions.

Will I receive help with the application process for biomedical/professional programs?

Students who complete and excel in at least 15 course credits in the MMC Biology Post-Bac program will gain access to our Pre-Health Advisor and Pre-Health Committee. This generally includes a letter of recommendation, advice about the timing of the application, consultation on writing a personal statement, guidance on selection of schools, and interview preparation.

Does the MMC Biology Post-Bac program provide letters of recommendation for post-bac students?

Students who complete and excel in at least four courses (three or more credits each) in the MMC Biology Post-Bac program may be eligible to receive either a Committee Letter or letters written by individual faculty members at their discretion. 

Does the MMC Biology Post-Bac program provide tutoring support for post-bac students?

Yes. Post-bac students can take advantage of the Center for Academic Support and Tutoring (CAST), a free service, to help them succeed in their classes. 


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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/817-elizabeth-perez-06"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/50,62,299,310/6538_elizabeth.rev.1472490807.jpg" alt="Elizabeth Perez '06" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“The successes I have experienced as a researcher since completing my Biology degree at MMC in 2006 were the direct result of dedicated professors and outstanding mentorship.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/817-elizabeth-perez-06">Elizabeth Perez ’06</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2006, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2290-alexis-valera-18"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,2631,2631/16781_Alexis_valera.rev.1520284072.jpg" alt="Alexis Valera '18" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“My unique experience at MMC has not only prepared me for coursework at the doctoral level, but also for my patient-care experiences at physical therapy offices and rehabilitation centers. The professors in the Biology department have created a close-knit community, where I was encouraged to take learning into my own hands.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2290-alexis-valera-18">Alexis Valera ’18</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2018, <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biomedical-sciences.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">B.S. Biomedical Sciences</a> and <a href="/departments/dance/body-science-motion.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">B.A. Dance: Body, Science, and Motion</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/815-danielle-khost-13"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,57,423,481/19742_Danielle_Khost.rev.1544725010.jpg" alt="Danielle Khost '13" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“When I was at Marymount Manhattan, I worked in Dr. Aguanno’s lab for three years, during which time I designed experiments for the lab’s research project, assembled formal scientific posters presenting my data, and attended numerous professional meetings at the national level. It took me a long time to realize how unusual it was as an undergrad to have so much agency in my research, and it gave me a tremendous advantage in making the transition to grad school.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/815-danielle-khost-13">Danielle Khost ’13</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1284-alexandra-devaris"><img src="/live/image/gid/117/width/215/src_region/0,82,302,384/9671_a_devaris.rev.1453903739.jpg" alt="Alexandra Devaris ’12" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“After completing my Master of Science in Environmental Policy from University College Dublin, I am now working as both a Logistics Coordinator at Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, an international non-profit in Connecticut, and as an Environmental Assistant at Samsung.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1284-alexandra-devaris">Alexandra Devaris ’12</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/international-studies/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">International Studies</a>, Minor in <a href="https://www.mmm.edu/departments/natural-sciences/minors/environmental-studies.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Environmental Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1407-raymond-romano-11"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,2048,1990/11232_romano_raymond_1508-01.rev.1472490806.jpg" alt="Raymond Romano" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“Few of my graduate student colleagues can say they had such a fruitful undergraduate experience compared to me. While at MMC, I was able to present seven scientific posters at regional and national conferences. I had the opportunity to participate in two academic talks, and I was also co-author of one publication on organ donation. Since leaving MMC, I have used the skills daily that were taught to me by MMC faculty, ranging from time-management, to critical thinking, and applying concepts of physiology.” </em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1407-raymond-romano-11">Raymond Romano ’11</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2011, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Biology</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2281-keaven-caro-18"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,563,1800,2361/16584_20180131_1000242.rev.1517412944.jpg" alt="Keaven Caro, B.S. Biology and Behavioral Neuroscience, 2017" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“I spent three years working as a research assistant and then lab manager in Dr. Deirtra Hunter’s MMC Music, Mind and Brain Lab where we studied psychophysiological responses evoked by emotionally charged music in human participants. In my junior year I interned as a research assistant in the Morishita lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. This lab focused on synaptic plasticity and postnatal development of a neural circuit critical for visual spatial attention. </em><em>This internship led to a part time job as a senior in college, then a full time job for two years after graduation.</em></p><p><em>Dr. Hunter was diligent in her efforts to ensure I graduated with indispensable practical research experiences on and off campus that made me a competitive applicant for professional and academic positions.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2281-keaven-caro-18">Keaven Caro ’18</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2018, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Biology</a> and <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-behavioral-neuroscience/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Behavioral Neuroscience</a>, Minor in <a href="/departments/dance/dance-minor.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Dance</a> and <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/minors/chemistry.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Chemistry</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3405-abe-libman"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,932,1219/23630_Abe.rev.1576511820.jpg" alt="Abe Libman, Biology Post-Bac" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> I love the warm, welcoming, and supportive community here at MMC! I believe that the small class sizes, individualized attention, and excellent facilities are exactly what I need to help me succeed in my aspirations to go to medical school. Coming from a large university where competition was intense and the professors hardly knew their students, I have been so pleasantly surprised by the dynamic here at MMC. As an added bonus, they have wonderful extra-curricular programs, and great food! I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested.</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3405-abe-libman">Abe Libman</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Biology Post-Bac, 2019-2021</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/814-zach-barbati-10"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/146,0,747,601/6728_zach.rev.1472490807.jpg" alt="Zach Barbati '10" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“My experience at Marymount Manhattan College challenged me not only to study the basic sciences in a typical linear sequence, but rather to integrate coursework in sociology, language, and philosophy into the Biology major courses. Furthermore, I felt challenged by my mentors to continually revisit foundational concepts in advanced classes, so as to reinforce key concepts that are important for developing a strong foundation in the biological sciences.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/814-zach-barbati-10">Zach Barbati ’10</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2010, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1729-alice-trye-15"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/76,80,290,294/13853_alice.rev.1473748058.jpg" alt="Alice Trye '15" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“MMC Biology prepared me for graduate medical education with its rigorous curriculum and supportive faculty. I would not have made it this far without the education I received in the small classes. My research experience set me apart from other applicants when I was applying for jobs and med school. I look forward to continuing my journey to becoming a physician.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1729-alice-trye-15">Alice Trye ’15</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Bachelor of Science in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Biology</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3214-madison-weisend-20"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,2048,1360/14572_headshot_looking_up.rev.1486725884.jpg" alt="Madison Weisend, a freshman Environmental Studies major." class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em><strong>Madison Weisend</strong>, an Environmental Studies major, interned with Our Climate to promote carbon-pricing initiatives in NYC as part of their carbon-pricing campaign, <a href="http://www.ourclimate.us/the_movement" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Put a Price on It</a>. </em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3214-madison-weisend-20">Madison Weisend ’20</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2020, Major in Environmental Studies</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3147-martine-faustin-19"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/22004_5DC34E6B-6AE3-416E-B2FF-5B42C482A174.rev.1559672581.jpg" alt="" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“The Behavioral Neuroscience program at Marymount Manhattan College is the perfect addition to the Division of Natural Sciences. It encompasses my passion for biology, chemistry, and psychology. It may seem extensive, but when you have an advisor like Dr. Deirtra Hunter-Romagnoli, you are able to excel in your studies. Dr. Hunter-Ramgnoli has provided me with the education, guidance, and hands on training I needed to not only do well in school, but to acquire a position as a Research Associate at the Nestler Lab at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai after graduation.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3147-martine-faustin-19">Martine Faustin ’19</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2019, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-behavioral-neuroscience/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Behavioral Neuroscience</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3406-shaista-shoukat"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/416,659,2387,2630/23625_Shaista_Shoukat.rev.1576509666.JPG" alt="Shaista Shoukat, Biology Post-Bac" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> I joined the Biology Post-Bac program for the purpose of retaking science classes needed for med school. I wanted to enhance my application by showing I can improve in something that I once lacked in. Joining this program has been such a great privilege as I am receiving individual help whenever needed. Coming from a big college during my undergrad, I always felt lost in the big lecture halls. But at this program, I feel like I have finally found the right path and guidance. </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3406-shaista-shoukat">Shaista Shoukat</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Biology Post-Bac, 2019-2021</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3186-anna-patruno-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/616,87,1748,1219/22054_Anna.rev.1560457914.jpg" alt="Anna Patruno '14" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>While her research at MMC was ongoing, Anna also branched out to other institutions and worked at the Columbia University Medical Center, as well as the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She feels that her on- and off-campus professional experiences were pivotal in helping her gain a position at one of the top hospitals in the world – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3186-anna-patruno-14">Anna Patruno ’14</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a> major, <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/the-minors/">Neuroscience</a> minor</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3191-holly-ringhauser-08"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/684,286,1933,1534/22061_Holly.rev.1560459981.jpg" alt="Holly Ringhauser ’08" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“I owe a lot to professors Dr. Benedetta Sampoli-Benitez and Dr. Judith Hanks, who served as my mentors during undergrad and beyond. They were so helpful in writing me letters of recommendation for hospital volunteer opportunities, outside research jobs, summer internship programs, and medical school applications.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3191-holly-ringhauser-08">Holly Ringhauser ’08</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2008, <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a> major, <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-behavioral-neuroscience/">Neuroscience</a> minor </p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3194-elijah-castro-21"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/870,441,2105,1676/22064_IMG_0099.rev.1560512161.jpg" alt="Elijah Castro '21" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> This summer I am doing research at Gilead Sciences in Foster City, CA, in the protein chemistry lab. </p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3194-elijah-castro-21">Elijah Castro ’21</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2021, Major in Biology</p></div>