The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Medical Science Training Program - MD/PhD

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

Program Description

Established in 1967, the University of Chicago Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is one of the longest running programs of its kind in the country. The MSPT is designed for students who seek careers in biomedical research and have a desire to apply both clinical and research expertise to solve the most pressing problems in medical science. The MSTP has an illustrious history of training students to assume positions of leadership in academic medicine at major research hospitals nationwide.


Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application. Paper applications are not accepted.


AMCAS deadline: October 15 Supplemental Application deadline: December 2

The School of Medicine admits applicants once a year for the following Autumn Quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.

Application Requirements

  1. Applicants to the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) apply through the regular AMCAS Pritzker School of Medicine admissions process.
  2. Upon receiving the Pritzker Supplemental Application, MSTP applicants should select "MD/MSTP" as their application type.
  3. MD/MSTP applicants will be screened by both the MD and MSTP Admissions Committees, and those favorably reviewed by both will be invited to a two-day interview. Typically the first day is with the MD Committee and the second day is with the MSTP Committee.
  4. If an applicant is not invited for an MSTP interview, his or her application will re-enter the screening pool for MD-only consideration. Interviewed candidates who are not made an offer of an MSTP position may be considered for an MD-only position if they communicate an interest in pursuing this option.
  5. Because of the nature of our rolling admissions process, it is still *highly recommended* that MD/MSTP applicants apply as early as possible in the application season.
  6. Note: Accepted MSTP trainees are automatically enrolled into the Interdisciplinary Scientist Training Program (ISTP) for their PhD research and transition to the graduate portion of their work during their first two years of medical school.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March. Direct all questions about your application directly to the admissions office.

Program Requirements

Applicants must have completed 90 credit hours (using the AMCAS methodology) prior to matriculation from an accredited four-year degree-granting U.S. or Canadian college or university. Although not required, a baccalaureate degree is strongly preferred by the Admissions Committee. If you completed a baccalaureate degree in a country outside of the U.S. or Canada, we require you to complete at least one year of full-time coursework (predominately in the sciences) in a U.S. or Canadian institution. Courses pursued in other English-speaking countries will also be considered. 

Pritzker has a standard entrance requirement for a total of 32 semester credit hours (using AMCAS methodology) of undergraduate science comprised of an eight-credit, academic year each of general chemistry, organic chemistry, general physics, and introductory biology, all with accompanying laboratory.

Additional coursework is recommended in the following areas: biochemistry with an accompanying laboratory, humanities, social sciences, calculus, statistics, college English, and genetics.

 Personal characteristics and learning skills are as important as demonstrated excellence in academic performance. There must be evidence of commitment, not only to acquire an excellent knowledge base but also to develop learning and problem-solving skills that will sustain lifelong learning. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to service to others and to society in general. Finally, applicants should demonstrate well-informed and carefully explored reasons for seeking a career in medicine.

All applicants to the School of Medicine are evaluated and judged on an individual basis. Pritzker does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or handicap; and there is no residency requirement.

Costs & Financial Aid

U.S. citizens and permanent residents qualify for the federally funded National Research Service Award by the National Institutes of Health through the Center of the National General Medical Sciences. MSTP participants receive up to six years of MSTP support and a quarterly stipend to cover living expenses throughout their MD and PhD training. Additional years of graduate training are supported through departmental research funds and other sources. Members of underrepresented minority groups may be eligible for the Division's Minority Incentive Award.