College of Graduate Studies
Statistics and FAQ
2015-2016 MSTP Admission Statistics
PhD Program Choices of Our Current Students
|Molecular & Cellular Biology & Pathobiology||14|
|Microbiology & Immunology||12|
|Drug Discovery & Biomedical Sciences||5|
|Biochemistry & Molecular Biology||5|
- What are the average standards for applicants?
- What are the average standards for a successful applicant?
- Do you consider students who are not SC residents?
- Are non-US citizens eligible for support?
- Do appliants from certain schools have an advantage?
- What are my chances of getting into the program?
- How do I apply?
- Is the MCAT required?
- Will you accept my MCAT score taken prior to January 2015?
- Is the GRE required?
- Does the outcome of my MSTP application affect my medical school application?
- How are admissions decisions made and what is the application deadline?
- How many letters of recommendation are required?
- Where should the letters of recommendation be sent?
- Does the MD/PhD program have a rolling admissions process?
- 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?
- If not accepted to the MD/PhD will I be considered for the MD program?
- 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?
- 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?
- When are the interviews held?
- Do I have to select a PhD department when I begin the program?
- Does MUSC provide reimbursement for travel and lodging when coming to Charleston for interviews?
- Does your program emphasize translational research?
- Does your program help students with the transition back to the third year of Medical School?
- Do I have to start the program by a specific date?
- How many rotations are required?
- The Admissions Committee looks for evidence of serious and enthusiastic commitment to research, an average GPA of 3.5 or higher, 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.
- GPA of 3.75, MCAT of 34 and significant research experience.
- Yes. The program attracts exceptional applicants from educational institutions across the nation.
- No. Applicants are reviewed based on their research experiences, GPA, MCAT and recommendations.
- We receive close to 200 applications per year, we interview approximately 50-60 students and admit 6-8 per year.
- Yes, MCAT scores are valid for 3 years
- 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.
- 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.
- At least 3 letters of recommendation are required. At least one of those letters should be from a scientist with whom the student has conducted research.
- All letters are submitted through AMCAS. Instructions can be found here.
- Yes. However most offers are made toward the end of the interview season.
- Not typically.
- Yes, if applicants are South Carolina residents, attend a South Carolina University or have close ties to Charleston.
- 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.
I have already begun the PhD program at MUSC; may I apply to the MD/PhD program?
- 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
- The initial round of interviews run from October through the end of January. Second visits are typically held in February or early March.
- No. You will have a chance to experience at least 3 laboratory research experiences.
- 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.
- Yes. While we believe that our trainee should develop a strong basic science research project, we have several opportunities for the trainees to learn how to conduct translational research. For example, the Translational Science Clinic nd a Month in Research Nexus provide rich training opportunities.
- Yes. We have a refresher session for all returning students. In addition students during their PhD years maintain their clinical skills through the CARES clinic and the Translational Sciences Clinic.
- Students are required to start no later than July 1. Exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the Program Director.
- The MSTP requires a minimum of 2 rotations before choosing a Dissertation Mentor.