MSTP Post-Application Information

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.

Transfer Admission or Admission with Advanced Standing

The Medical Scientist Training Program does not allow transfer of medical students into the program from other institutions or admission to the program with advanced standing. For more information, see the College of Medicine Transfer Admissions Policy for the MD Degree Program. MUSC PhD students may apply for regular admissions through the regular AMCAS MD application process. See the COM Admissions homepage.

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 from diverse populations 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. They ensure that MUSC programs and events are accessible to the MUSC community and visitors, monitor the accessibility of the university and medical center buildings, investigate disability discrimination complaints, and provide training on disability-related issues. Students needing disability-related assistance can contact the College of Graduate Studies (CGS) ADA Coordinator Maritza Dawkins-Holnes at  843-876-2216 or

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