Applicants to the Medical Scientist Training Program must apply to the UIC College of Medicine via AMCAS and do so by November 2, 2015.  The AMCAS application includes a check box for choosing MD/PhD programs.  When you check the box, the AMCAS application will include 2 additional essays, which you should complete.  Once your application is verified by AMCAS the UIC College of Medicine Admissions Office will send you a Supplemental Application.   All matters related to your medical school application are handled by UIC College of Medicine Office of Admissions, 808 South Wood Street MC-783, Chicago,  Illinois 60612-7302 (telephone: 312-996-5635).


UIC College of Medicine Admissions Office

Questions about the MSTP and its admissions process can be sent to Julie Mann, Director or Program Administration or 312-996-7473


University of Illinois COM-AMCAS Application Due:  November 2, 2015

Important Note Concerning the COM Behavioral and Social Science Pre-requisite

Most MSTP applicants are from outside Illinois and complete their undergraduate education without attention to the somewhat unusual Behavioral and Social Science pre-requisite of the UIC College of Medicine. A special version of this pre-requisite, approved specifically for MSTP students, is stated below. Pre-medical education across the country generally meets this broadened description. Behavioral & Social Sciences (BESS), Humanities—Three Courses. Recommended courses include: behavior psychology, sociology, anthropology, foreign language and other courses that encourage a greater appreciation for diversity and cultural competency. As writing skills are important in the study and practice of medicine, MD/PhD candidates are encouraged to fulfill the requirement with courses that include a writing component.

Criteria for admission to the Program include academic excellence, prior research experience, potential for independent and creative research, and commitment to a career in academic medicine. Laboratory work concentrating in biology, chemistry, physics, biophysics, bioengineering, or behavioral sciences is helpful in preparing for study in the Medical Scientist Training Program. The admissions policy is flexible enough to accommodate those students who have already identified the field in which they wish to carry out research as well as those who are still undecided about their areas of research specialization. Admission to the Medical Scientist Training Program is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Your MD-PhD application will be reviewed by the MSTP's own admissions committee, separately and concurrently with your medical-only application by the COM's Admissions office. Your MSTP status will not hinder your application to the College of Medicine. The MCAT examination is accepted in lieu of the GRE examination. Application to the Program is normally made at the time of application to the College of Medicine. However, candidates will also be considered from UIC COM students in their first two years of medical training.

Admission to the MSTP requires admission by the College of Medicine Admissions Committees. Information about admission to the College of Medicine may be obtained from the Office of Medical College Admissions (telephone: 312-996-5635).


Medical Scientist Training Program: We process and review applications in the order received and have rolling admissions. 

Interview Dates for 2015 - 2016:

  • November 2, 2015
  • November 30, 2015
  • January 11, 2016
  • February 8, 2016
  • March 7, 2016

All applicants to the MSTP are viable candidates until we complete the seating of our new class. The steps in our review process are the following:

1. Preliminary read by office staff and one or two faculty members.
2. Review by entire admissions committee at monthly meeting. Ranking of reviewed applications. Interview invitations issued in order of rankings, as space is available.
3. Review by entire admissions committee of candidates interviewed. Ranking. Offers tendered gradually, in order of rankings. All interviewed candidates remain on wait list.
4. As early offers are declined, more offers are tendered.
5. Accepted candidates who accept their offers are invited for a second visit.
6. We continue making offers until we fill our class (ten slots). Sometimes offers are made relatively late because a slot opens up.

Because the whole process is constantly in flux, we do not post statuses on a web data base. All candidates are welcome to phone our office at any time and talk to the MSTP Director of Program Administration at 312-996-7473. We welcome your calls.