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Application for the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)


This combined degree program is designed for outstanding students who wish to become physician scientists and pursue research careers in an academic environment. The curriculum typically is completed in seven to eight years. Stipends of $28,000 per year, paid health insurance and tuition paid by a Dean's Scholarship are also provided for MSTP (MD/PhD) students. More information can be found at


Requirements can be found at

Application Process

  • Application to the MSTP at MUSC involves the completion of the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) On-Line Application and a supplemental application. 
  • Instruct AMCAS to forward your AMCAS application to MUSC. You must select the MD/PhD Program type on your application. This application will permit you to submit essays describing your interest in the combined MD/PhD program.
  • You should submit three to five letters of recommendation. These letters should come from previous or current research mentors, instructors, physicians or employers. References should come from individuals who know you well enough to comment on your education and research potential. All letters should be submitted through the AMCAS Letters ( We do not accept paper recommendations.
  • For the supplemental Application to the program, you may substitute your MD/PhD essay and research experience from your AMCAS application into the essay section of our MSTP application. We also want to know why you have chosen to apply to MUSC for the MSTP and what your career goals are. Your MSTP application will serve as the secondary application for both the Doctor of Medicine program and for the MSTP. No additional application is required to be considered for both programs. However, if you would like to also be considered for the MD only program, you must notify us of this intention.

Application Deadlines

Start TermApplication TypeAvailableDeadline
Fall 2018RegularJuly 1, 2017Jan 1, 2018



Last Published with Edits:April 27, 2017 12:44 PM
Last Comprehensive Review:April 2017
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