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The purposes of the sequential programs are to provide competency in medicine plus detailed knowledge and research training in related sciences without sacrificing the requirements for either degree. 

Medical Scientist Training Dual Degree Program (MSTP)

The Medical Scientist Training Program is partially supported by a National Institutes of Health training grant. The program is designed to facilitate the development of superior students into individuals who can provide the innovative leadership required by the medical sciences. The program provides the opportunity to obtain both the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Accordingly, the program seeks to integrate the best qualities of the medical and graduate programs to allow outstanding training in both clinical and research areas.

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Steering Committee consists of members drawn from both basic and clinical sciences departments. The program director and committee are responsible for the operation of the program. The primary purpose of such an administrative structure is to guide the students in the program toward the highest quality of intellectual curiosity and the attendant accomplishment of academic excellence. Requirements are as follows:

Submit an AMCAS application (   
Submit The Medical Scientist Training Program application (  
Write a letter directed to the MSTP Committee requesting admission to the combined program and describing how this program will fit into the applicant’s career goals.

The committee will consider the following criteria for admission to the program: 

  1. Evidence of a serious and enthusiastic commitment to the program
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.5
  3. An overall 80th percentile on the MCAT
  4. Receipt of a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation into the program
  5. Record of advanced courses in the physical and biological sciences
  6. Demonstrable evidence of a commitment to research
  7. Outstanding recommendations from faculty at the applicant’s undergraduate institution. Interviews and discussions with the members of the MSTP Committee and graduate program directors are conducted.

In general, specific programs of study are designed to meet the particular needs of individual students. With the approval of the MSTP Steering Committee, any member of the faculty of the College of Graduate Studies who can provide adequate resources for a student’s program is eligible to serve as the major professor to a student in the program. The MSTP Committee must approve the selection of both the research advisor and the advisory committee. The committee encourages students to enroll during the summer before the first year of medical school to begin research rotations or course work. Exceptions to this, however, will be permitted for maximum flexibility with respect to curriculum design. Stipend support, a Dean's Scholarship to offset the tuition and paid health insurance are provided for all years the student is enrolled in the program.

For more information on the MSTP program click here.


A sequential MD/MBA degree is available to students in conjunction with The Citadel.  Interested applicants must be admitted separately to each degree program.  Requirements for students applying to MUSC:

Acceptance into the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Acceptance into The Citadel School of Business Administration
GMAT and MCAT scores
Official transcript from each school or college previously attended
Professional resume

Sequential Course of Study

 The sequential MD/MBA program is a 5 year course of study.  The MBA coursework is taken during the summer between the first and second year of medical school.  The year between the third and fourth year of medical school is dedicated entirely to MBA coursework.           

Students will be charged MUSC College of Medicine tuition for the MD coursework and charged The Citadel School of Business tuition for MBA coursework. 

For more information, please go to For more information about the combined MD/MBA degree, please contact Dr. Debra Hazen-Martin in the Dean's office of the College of Medicine at MUSC,

Southeastern Predoctoral Training in Clinical Research (SPTCR)

The MUSC Southeastern Predoctoral Training in Clinical Research (SPTCR) program is designed to increase the number of well-trained clinical researchers who will assume leadership roles in the design, conduct, and oversight of future multidisciplinary clinical investigations critical to the mission of National Institute of Health (NIH). The program is designed for students who are currently pursuing doctoral degrees in the six colleges (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies, and Health Professions). The training program will provide early exposure and appropriate training in clinical research methodology, the application of cutting edge technology to clinical research, and address pipeline issues by stimulating interest from doctoral students in health- and disease-related disciplines.

MUSC's goal is to train individuals to become rigorous, high-quality, and proactive clinical investigators by teaching the principles and practice of clinical investigation and the application of cutting edge technology to clinical research. The training program focuses on providing doctoral students from the six colleges with clinical research training including development of basic skills in biostatistics, epidemiology, clinical trials, health services research, measurement, recruitment and retention of diverse populations in clinical research, and in the application of cutting edge research technologies.

The training offered will be a carefully designed, yet flexible, curriculum that enables students to ultimately function as clinical investigators in a multidisciplinary environment. The interactive program environment involves students, faculty members, and mentors and is structured around activities such as a program introduction, an intensive summer session, a one year "pull-out", and the possibility of a Ph.D. clinical track in the M.S.T.P. and D.M.D./Ph.D. programs.


Last Published with Edits:April 15, 2016 9:26 AM
Last Comprehensive Review: April 2016

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