College of Graduate Studies
Statistics and FAQ
2011-2012 MSTP Admission Statistics
- The Admissions Committee looks for evidence of serious and enthusiastic commitment to research, an average GPA of 3.5, superior performance on the MCAT, receipt of a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation into the program. We also suggest that the applicant complete courses in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology, however, these are not required.
What are the average standards for a successful applicant?
- GPA of 3.6, MCAT of 34 and significant research experience.
Do you consider students who are not SC residents?
- Yes. The program attracts exceptional applicants from educational institutions across the nation.
Are non-US citizens eligible for support?
Do applicants from certain schools have an advantage?
- No. Applicants are reviewed based on their research experiences, GPA, MCAT and recommendations.
What are my chances of getting into the program?
- We receive approximately 170 applications per year, we interview approximately 50-55 students and admit 5-7 per year.
How do I apply?
Is the MCAT required?
Is the GRE required?
Does the outcome of my MSTP application affect my medical school application?
- If applicants are interested in applying for the MD only program, they must notify the College of Medicine Admissions office. These applications will be reviewed separately from the MSTP.
How are admissions decisions made and what is the application deadline?
- Once the AMCAS application and the letters of recommendation are received by our office, they are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Applicants who are considered competitive in our applicant pool will receive an invitation by email to submit a supplemental application to the program. Once the supplemental application has been received, the Admissions Committee will review the completed packet to decide whether to invite the applicant for an interview or place on the wait list.
Following the interview, the Admissions Committee meets monthly to review the evaluation of the applicants interviews. As we have a rolling admissions process, many students are placed on the wait list until the end of the interview season when they are all reviewed together.
How many letters of recommendation are required?
- At least 3 letters of recommendation are required. One of those letters should be from a scientist with whom the student has conducted research.
Where should the letters of recommendation be sent?
- All letters are submitted through AMCAS. Instructions can be found here.
Does the MD/PhD program have a rolling admissions process?
- Yes. However most offers are made toward the end of the interview season.
When I receive the invitation to complete the secondary, does that mean I have been invited to interview?
Does the MD/PhD program interview non-science majors?
- Not typically.
If not accepted to the MD/PhD will I be considered for the MD program?
- Yes. If applicants are interested in applying for MD only, they must notify the College of Medicine Admissions office. This only applies to South Carolina residents.
Does the program accept transfer applicants?
Does the program cover tuition for medical school and graduate school?
Will I have special responsibilities as an MSTP student?
- Yes. We invite all MTSP students to play an active role in recruitment and evaluation of incoming MSTP applicants. Students in the MSTP are also active in leadership roles in both the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Medicine.
If I am currently pursuing a PhD at another institution or already have a PhD, am I eligible for this program?
I have already begun the PhD program at MUSC; may I apply to the MD/PhD program?
Can I apply to the MSTP after I've started medical school at MUSC?
When and how will I hear from MUSC?
- Communications from MUSC will be via email from Amy Connolly. You will be contacted at the following intervals:
- Following receipt and verification of the AMCAS application and recommendation
- Following receipt of the supplemental application, if applicable
- Prior to your interview to make arrangements and be given a schedule
- After your interview with update of status in the program
When are interviews held?
- The initial round of interviews run from October through the end of February. Second visits are typically held in February or early March.
Do I have to select a PhD department when I begin the program?
- No. You will have a chance to experience at least 3 laboratory research experiences.
Does MUSC provide reimbursement for travel and lodging when coming to Charleston for interviews?
- MUSC MSTP provides lodging on the first round of interviews. If an applicant is invited for a second interview, the program covers travel and lodging expenses.