Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply for the MSTP, as well as still have my application be considered for the Medical School only?
Yes, when you submit your application through AMCAS, apply as a combined MD/PhD applicant. Then, on the secondary application, there is an option to be considered for the medical school only. When you select this option, your application will be reviewed by the medical school if you are not chosen to move forward in the combined degree (MSTP) application process.
What is the average GPA of your entering students? What are you looking for in MCAT scores?
The average GPA for the University of Rochester MSTP is 3.8. For the MCAT, the mean score historically for MSTP students has been in the 90th percentile, which with the new scoring system is around 514. The MSTP is looking for applicants who have obtained a high level of academic achievement, in addition to research and other related experience.
Is there a benefit to applying earlier, rather than later?
Our screening and interview process is on a rolling basis. We recommend you apply as early as possible.
Do you accept foreign applicants?
Due to the nature of funding through the NIH, MSTP applicants must be U.S. citizens, or have permanent residency status.
How many letters of recommendation do I need to have submitted for the application process?
Letters of recommendation submitted on official letterhead may be a composite letter or prehealth advisory committee letter from your school; or a minimum of 3 individual letters. Up to 4 additional letters may be sent. While any three letters of recommendation will be accepted, letters from research mentors are especially encouraged. Science or academic letters can also be written by a professor from whom you took a class or a pre-health advisor. In addition to the science or academic letters, we also welcome personal letters from supervisors and volunteer directors.
Why was my application rejected?
If you were not accepted for admission and would like more information, please email the MSTP office directly to see how you might strengthen your application for next year.
Do you accept transfer students?
Because of Rochester's early clinical exposure and uniquely integrated curriculum, transfer applicants cannot be considered for advanced standing.
When do you start interviewing and what days?
We start interviewing in late September and continue through the end of January. Our interviews are conducted over a two-day period, on Thursdays, and Fridays. Interviews are by invitation only.
Is there a yearly stipend for the MD/PhD Program?
Yes, there is a yearly stipend for each student admitted into the MSTP, which is subject to change on a year-to-year basis.
The MSTP stipend is consistent with the graduate school stipend, which includes any increases that may occur on an annual basis.
Will the 2021-22 Admissions Cycle be in-person or virtual this year?
All interviews will be conducted virtually again this year. We are hopeful to host on-campus visits for accepted applicants come the spring; however, as the past 2 years with the pandemic have indicated, things can change quickly. Please continue to check back in the coming months as to the status of on-campus visits.