MSTP Application Information

A Note to 2021-2022 Applicants

In this time of uncertainty related to the impact of COVID-19, we realize that many of you are facing unexpected circumstances and may need to adjust your plans in preparation for the upcoming cycle.

We understand the challenges many of you are facing with MCAT testing availability and/or current coursework, including the potential shift to alternate grading systems or rubrics. While letter grades for coursework are preferred, we recognize the difficulty this may pose for many. As such, we will accept Pass/No Pass grading for Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 coursework.

Our Admissions Committee assures you that these unforeseen circumstances will be understood in the context of the current situation.

At this point, our timeline and requirements remain the same. We will be conducting virtual interviews for the first visits and in person second visits to those accepted for admission. 

If you have specific questions, as always, please contact Amy Connolly

Application Information

This combined degree program is designed for outstanding students who wish to become physician scientists and pursue a research career in an academic environment. The requirements for both degrees for our program are completed on average in 8 years. A stipend of $30,500/year, paid health insurance, and tuition paid via a Dean's Scholarship are provided for Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D.) students. The MCAT is required (taken within 3 years from the date of matriculation, July 1) but the GRE test is not required. Average credentials for previous matriculants are 3.85 GPA and a MCAT score in the 88th percentile. More information can be found at the College of Graduate Studies website.

Applicants to the M.D./Ph.D. program must first complete an application via AMCAS as well as a MUSC supplemental application. All recommendations are to be submitted to AMCAS. Information can be found here.  We require at least 3 letters of recommendation, at least 2 should be from faculty members from your college. At least one letter should be from a researcher discussing your experience and performance in the research lab. 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. Once the documents are received by our office, they are reviewed by the MUSC MSTP Admissions Committee for the MUSC MSTP. Applicants who are considered competitive for our program will receive an invitation by email for an interview. Deadline for submission of the AMCAS application is November 1. The MSTP Admissions Committee along with the College of Medicine Admissions Committee has the full authority to admit students to the program.

Application Web Sites

When completing your supplemental application, please include if you have been impacted by the current COVID-19 situation in any way. We are also interested in why you want to come to MUSC for the MSTP, your current research interests and what research you would like to pursue in graduate school. Your MSTP application will serve as the secondary application for both the Doctor of Medicine program and for the MSTP. No additional application is required to be considered for both programs. As part of the personal statement, the student should explain how this program will fit into his/her career goals.

The committee takes a holistic approach in the evaluation of the applications and will consider the following criteria for admission to the program:

  • evidence of serious and enthusiastic commitment to the program
  • grade point average of 3.5
  • superior performance on the MCAT, 80th percentile or higher (must have been taken within three years of matriculation)
  • receipt of a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation into the program
  • Although no prerequisites courses are required, record of advanced courses in the physical and/or biological sciences are preferred.
  • demonstrable evidence of a commitment to research
  • outstanding recommendations from faculty at the applicant's undergraduate institution and research mentor(s)
  • * The MSTP has the same prerequisite academic and technical standards requirements for the MD Degree as the MD Program. Please find more information about these requirements by visiting the Entrance Requirements or the Technical Standards Policy found on the MUSC College of Medicine Admissions page. 

Interview Process

Candidates selected to interview will receive an email invitation. Interviews are conducted on select Fridays in October-January. The candidate will meet with members of the MSTP Admissions Committee, College of Medicine Admissions Committee, research faculty and the Director or Associate Director of the program. They will also meet with some of the current MSTP students.

Maximum Applications

An applicant may apply for admission to the Medical University of South Carolina a maximum of three times (effective beginning with the 2020-21 application cycle). Exceptions may be granted under exceptional circumstances by the Associate Dean of Admissions only when a previous applicant demonstrates substantial changes in their qualifications. Additional academic degrees, repeated MCAT testing, additional coursework, and other attempts to improve the applicants perceived academic performance would not constitute substantial change as applicants are expected to have demonstrated their academic potential during their prior application attempts.

Language Proficiency

The ability to communicate effectively in English including the ability to read, write, and speak the language fluently is vital to your success as a medical student at MUSC. Applicants are therefore expected to demonstrate proficiency in English

Technical Standards

Final acceptance and matriculation into the College of Medicine is contingent upon the applicant’s ability to satisfy the College of Medicine’s Technical Standards for Admission Retention and Graduation with or without accommodations.

Accreditation vs. Licensure to Practice Medicine

The MUSC College of Medicine MD degree program is accredited. Accreditation means that an MD degree program meets or exceeds nationally accepted standards of quality as determined by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).  

Licensure refers to the individual's attainment of a license to practice medicine from a designated state medical board or medical regulatory board. Receiving an MD or DO degree from an accredited program is necessary but not sufficient for licensure; successful completion of a series of licensing exams is also required, in addition to other state-specific criteria. Each applicant/student is responsible for researching information about licensure.

Requirements for licensure in South Carolina, can be found here:

A listing of state boards and their requirements can be found here:

Commitment to Diversity

MUSC is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action. MUSC welcomes applications from all individuals who come from diverse populations that are under-represented in science or academia, including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities, individuals from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds, and individuals with physical disabilities.MUSC provides accommodations for students with disabilities. The Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is responsible for coordinating disability support services and monitoring the accessibility of programs, activities and buildings for the MUSC and MUSC Health communities, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The staff assists departments with providing reasonable accommodations for students, faculty and staff with disabilities; ensures that MUSC programs and events are accessible to the MUSC community and visitors; monitors the accessibility of the university and medical center buildings; investigates disability discrimination complaints; and provides training on disability related issues. Students needing disability related assistance can contact the College of Graduate Studies (CGS) ADA Coordinator Sue Hennigan at 843-876-2286 or

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