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 $29,000/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) but the GRE test is not required. Average credentials for previous matriculants are 3.85 GPA and a MCAT score in the 88th percentile.
Applicants to the M.D./Ph.D. program must first complete an application via AMCAS as well as a MUSC supplemental application. They must also submit at least 3 letters of recommendation through AMCAS. Once the documents are received by our office, they are reviewed by the 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
We are particularly 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
- record of advanced courses in the physical and/or biological sciences
- demonstrable evidence of a commitment to research
- outstanding recommendations from faculty at the applicant's undergraduate institution and research mentor(s)
Interviews and discussions with the members of the MSTP Admissions Committee and graduate program directors are conducted.
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 have lunch and dinner with some of the current MSTP students. On Saturday, the candidates will go on a carriage tour of historic Charleston. The hotel arrangements will be made and paid for by the MSTP office. Candidates will be responsible for their own travel expenses.
Committment 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 (CSG) ADA Coordinator Stephanie McClain at 843-876-2408 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about requesting accomodations can be found here.