Applying to the M.D./PH.D. Medical Scientist Training Program


This combined degree program is designed for outstanding students who wish to become physician scientists and pursue research careers in an academic environment. The curriculum typically is completed in seven to eight years. Starting July 2024, stipends will be $37,000 per year. Paid health insurance and tuition paid by a Dean's Scholarship are also provided for MSTP (MD/PhD) students. More information can be found at the College of Graduate Studies website.


We are particularly interested in why you want to come to MUSC for the MSTP and what research you would like to pursue in graduate school. The committee takes a holistic approach in the evaluation of the applications. GPA and MCAT scores are a large factor in obtaining an interview, at which point we are looking for the other traits essential to becoming great physicians. These include:

  • Not currently or previously enrolled in MD or PhD program outside of MUSC
  • Evidence of serious and enthusiastic commitment to the program
  • Grade point average of 3.5
  • Minimum MCAT considered 504, taken within 3 years from date of matriculation, July 1.
  • Receipt of a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation into the program
  • Record of advanced courses in the physical and/or biological sciences
  • Demonstrable evidence of a commitment to research
  • Clinical shadowing experience
  • Volunteer Work
  • Outstanding recommendations from faculty at the applicant's undergraduate institution and research mentor(s)

Application Process

  • Application to the MSTP at MUSC involves the completion of the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) On-Line Application and the MUSC supplemental application
  • Instruct AMCAS to forward your AMCAS application to MUSC. You must select the MD/PhD Program type on your application. This application will permit you to submit essays describing your interest in the combined MD/PhD program.
  • You should submit three to five letters of recommendation. These letters should come from previous or current research mentors, instructors, physicians or employers. References should come from individuals who know you well enough to comment on your education and research potential. We also will accept a committee packet with three separate letters from your college pre-med advisory committee. Non-traditional students who have been away from college for a number of years can substitute an employer for one of the faculty letters. All letters should be submitted through AMCAS. We do not accept paper recommendations. Deadline for submission of the AMCAS application is November 1.

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana. Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.

Scholarship Eligibility

MUSC offers scholarships for which you may be eligible. Some are awarded based on academic achievement; others are awarded based on community service, for example. However, the majority of scholarships awarded at MUSC are based on financial need. This means those scholarships are only awarded to students who need some financial assistance to cover the cost of tuition and fees. If you would like to be considered for a financial need-based scholarship, you must have an up-to-date Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file. Make sure you list Medical University of South Carolina on your FAFSA form, along with MUSC’s code: 003438. We encourage you to submit the FAFSA as early as possible. It is recommended to submit the FAFSA in January if you plan to enroll in the Fall.

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2025 Regular July 1, 2024 Dec 1, 2024