The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Medicine in the Social Sciences and Humanities (MeSH) - MD/PhD

Division: Pritzker School of Medicine
Degree Type: MD/PhD

Program Description

The University of Chicago MD/PhD Program in Medicine, the Social Sciences, and Humanities (MeSH) trains medical students to become innovative physician-scholars at the critical interface of medicine and society. MeSH is an opportunity for medical students to pursue a PhD degree outside of the traditional biological and physical sciences. Former students have earned their PhD in such wide-ranging fields as anthropology, economics, public policy, and philosophy. Started in 1985, MeSH is among only a few programs of its kind in the country. 

Typically medical students begin their PhD studies after their second year of medical school and enter their medical clerkships after completing their PhD.


Application Method

Applicants to the MD-PhD program in the Medicine in the Social Sciences and Humanities (MeSH) program must apply for admission and financial aid to both the Pritzker School of Medicine and to the PhD program of their choice. Students must be accepted to both programs to be eligible for MeSH funding. MeSH applicants may not apply to the MSTP program. 

Below are the steps and deadlines for completing the Pritzker School of Medicine Application. Interested applicants should contact their respective PhD program for information about that program's specific application procedures. Please note that the majority of PhD programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences require that students take the GRE in addition to the MCAT. 


AMCAS Deadline: October 15 Supplemental Deadline: December 2


Campus Visits

Interviews are not required; however, admitted applicants are invited to visit campus, sit in on classes, and meet with current students. You may contact faculty with questions, but there is no expectation that you do so.

Degree Objective

M.D./Ph.D. Program in Medicine

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form and Supplemental Form
  2. References: Three letters of reference should be included with your application.
  3. Graduate Record Examinations and TOEFL scores: GRE scores (general test only) are required of all applicants, including those with previous MAs. For information on additional examinations required of some international applications, see the Test Requirements page on the divisional website. The University’s GRE code is 1832.
  4. Statement of Academic Purpose: Applicants should carefully state their purpose in pursuing a graduate degree. This statement is given considerable weight in the final decision regarding admission.
  5. Writing Sample: Applicants should submit a sample of their scholarly writing that is between 10 and 40 pages in length.
  6. Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions should be submitted with your application.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions typically are released in early March. No decisions will ever be given by phone.

Program Requirements

None Described.

Costs & Financial Aid

MeSH students receive tuition support for the MD degree only. Financing for the PhD degree depends upon the discretion of the chosen PhD program. Students desiring full financial support should apply for financial aid from both the Pritzker School of Medicine and their PhD program.