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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 four courses (three or more credits each) 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/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>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/816-devin-columbus-09"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/116,82,413,379/6607_devin.rev.1472490807.jpg" alt="Devin Columbus '09" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“As a bio major at MMC, I was continuously challenged and encouraged by my faculty and peers. Whether I was studying, conducting research, or discussing random scientific topics after class, the bio department was like a second home throughout my college years.  The skills and knowledge I gained during this time continue to filter into my daily professional life, and the relationships I fostered remain invaluable.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/816-devin-columbus-09">Devin Columbus ’09</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2009, 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/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/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/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/3212-beatriz-morocho-16"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,2400,2400/23705_Beatriz.rev.1579634825.jpg" alt="Beatriz Morocho '16" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><span dir="ltr">I am currently into my second semester in my studies for my Pharm.D. at Touro College of Pharmacy. The course material is slowly picking up, but I feel extremely prepared to tackle it. I would like to express my gratitude to everyone in the Biology department for shaping me as student and teaching me everything there is to know for the future.</span></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3212-beatriz-morocho-16">Beatriz Morocho ’16</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2016, Major in Biology</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/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/2294-rosie-wenrich-17"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,0,398,398/22018_0.rev.1560282491.jpg" alt="Rosie Wenrich '17" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“MMC’s small size and liberal arts curriculum really allowed me to explore all of my interests, and the intimate class sizes allowed for personal attention, which I think I really benefited from. I can never thank my professors enough for all they’ve helped me to achieve, and I wouldn’t trade my time at Marymount Manhattan for anything.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2294-rosie-wenrich-17">Rosie Wenrich ’17</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2017, B.S. <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Biology</a> and B.A. Sociology</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3322-kevin-mora-19"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/499,0,2630,2133/23148_Kevin_Mora.rev.1572278487.JPG" alt="Kevin Mora '19" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“By starting in the research lab of <a href="/live/profiles/88-ann-aguanno" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Prof. Ann Aguanno</a> at Marymount, I was able to gain first-hand experience collecting data and conversing with professionals that could only be achieved in a small school. Dr. Aguanno’s lab allowed me to have a close relationship with my mentors and work on a professional level that gave me the background to transition to a career in research at Rockefeller University and actively contribute to the molecular understanding of many neurological diseases.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3322-kevin-mora-19">Kevin Mora ’19</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2019, Major in Biology</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3213-jillann-mahmoud-18"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/708,565,1536,1392/15087_img_0121.rev.1493290850.jpg" alt="Jillann Mahmoud '18" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><strong>Jillann Mahmoud</strong>, an Environmental Studies major, works as a Field Arborist in the Environmental division at AECOM, a large Engineering firm that consists of many divisions.  <em><br/></em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3213-jillann-mahmoud-18">Jillann Mahmoud ’18</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2018, Major in Environmental Studies</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/885-olympia-gaglioti-12"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,19,237,257/6597_olympia.rev.1472490807.jpg" alt="Olympia G" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“The rigorous curriculum taught me how to study and manage my time. The small class sizes allowed me to know my professors as people, not just educators, so much so that one interviewer commented that my letter of recommendation was one of the best they’ve ever read.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/885-olympia-gaglioti-12">Olympia Gaglioti ’12</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, 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/953-ashley-pirovano-13"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/39,0,1057,1018/21455_IMG_20180622_1624522.rev.1554855086.jpg" alt="Ashley Pirovano '13" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p><em>“The small class sizes and individual attention are really unique to MMC. Not only does this foster a great learning environment, but it also allows for a personal connection with the professors.”</em></p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/953-ashley-pirovano-13">Ashley Pirovano ’13</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, 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/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>