The first step of the application process is submitted through The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).

Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N. Street, NW  Suite 201
Washington, DC 20037-1131

The University of Illinois at Chicago AMCAS submission deadline is November 1, 2023.

Applications to UIC College of Medicine MSTP are first reviewed by the MSTP Admissions Committee.  If an interview offer is not extended to an applicant the application will be sent to UIC College of Medicine MD only for further review and consideration. Applicants to UIC College of Medicine MSTP must complete/meet all the requirements to UIC College of Medicine.  For further information on the application process please see UIC College of Medicine Admissions

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 UI College of Medicine Admissions Office will send you a Supplemental Application. Please complete the Supplemental Application at your earliest convenience for full consideration of your application.  The latest a Supplemental Application can be received is December 1, 2023.

All matters related to your medical school application are handled by UI College of Medicine Admissions, 808 South Wood Street MC-783. Chicago, Illinois 60612-7302 (telephone: 312-996-5635).


AMCAS Resources Choose Your Medical School (CYMS) page for applicants

AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool Overview (PDF)

Choose Your Medical School Tool Guide for Applicants (PDF)

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Choose Your Medical School Tool FAQs (PDF)

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UI College of Medicine Admissions Office

University of Illinois College of Medicine Statement on Disability Accommodations:

The University of Illinois is committed to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity, and requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms.  To that end, please refer to the University of Illinois College of Medicine’s Procedures for Student Disability Accommodation Requests.

Questions about the MSTP and its admissions process can be directed to:
Janine Sacco
Assistant Director of Program Administration and Admissions

Deadlines and Requirements

University of Illinois COM-AMCAS Application Deadline is November 1, 2023.

University of Illinois COM Supplemental Application Deadline is December 1, 2023

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.

Please see UIC College of Medicine Admissions Requirements and Timeline for more information.

MSTP Admissions Information

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 from 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 MSTP is normally made at the time of application to the College of Medicine. 

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).

Application Review Process

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

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.

All candidates are welcomed to email Janine Sacco, MSTP Assistant Director of Program Administration and Admissions at for application statuses or general questions regarding the program.