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Applicants interested in physician scientist training in the University of Rochester MSTP should apply through the American Medical College Application System. If selected for an interview, applicants will receive an invitation with several date options and instructions to access the applicant interview portal. For the 2021-22 application cycle, all applicant interviews will be conducted virtually.

Requirements for Admission

  • Satisfy SMD prerequisites
  • Demonstrable research experience
  • Strong background and interest in medicine and biomedical science
  • Competitive academic record and MCAT

The Interview

Year to year, we receive approximately 250 applications, extend 70–80 interview invitations, and make 10–20 offers of admission with the goal of matriculating approximately 8 students per class. Applicants invited to interview will receive all instructions for scheduling their interview with the invitation. In a typical admissions year, you'd spend a full two days with us to take advantage of engaging with students, faculty and staff. While we would love to meet you in person, these are unprecedented times, and we will therefore be conducting all interviews virtually for the 2020-21 admission cycle. All invited applicants will interview with two medical school interviewers, the Program Director and/or Associate Director, an MSTP Admissions Committee member, an MSTP student, and 3-5 research faculty in areas indicated by the interviewee. In addition, each MSTP applicant will also participate in group informational and interactive sessions with staff, faculty and students. This will include a virtual tour of the School of Medicine, so you can "see" what it may be like to be in the SMD on a day-to-day basis.


Admission decisions are determined after review by the SMD and MSTP admissions committees. Decisions are made on a rolling basis by 6–8 weeks following each interview session. Accepted students will be notified by a personal phone call from the Director and will receive materials by e-mail and traditional mail, including an invitation to Revisit Weekend*.

Revisit Weekend

Applicants accepted to the MSTP are typically invited to return to Rochester in the spring to revisit the Program. This opportunity allows the prospective student to review the Program, meet with additional research faculty, and further explore the Medical Center and the city. Hotel accommodations, meals, and transportation to and around Rochester are all covered by the Program.

For more information, contact the MSTP office. Please also regularly check for updates on the Medical School Admissions website regarding application, interview and Revisit/Second Look updates.

Helpful Documents (2020-21 cycle)


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.