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Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D.-Ph.D.)

Admissions and Application Process

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Submission deadlines and admission timeline

Application window June 1-Oct. 1

Deadline for all materials needed for a complete application, including a verified AMCAS application, secondary application, application fee, completed ratings sheets, and completed letters of recommendation

Oct. 15
Invitations for interviews are sent Starting late October
Campus interviews take place January and February
Initial offers sent to candidates Starting late February
Waitlist offers sent to candidates Starting late February

Prerequisites and requirements

Before you begin the application process, review the academic and test prerequisites and technical standards required of all students applying for admission to the MSTP at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

Please note, transfer students are not accepted.

How to apply

Online application and application fee 

The first step of the application process is to apply online to Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).

Within the AMCAS online application, you’ll be able to indicate your desire to apply for the Combined Medical Degree-Ph.D.

Applications are accepted from June 1 through Oct. 1 of each year. After the initial application, applicants will be contacted regarding the MSTP secondary application.

Early submission of application materials is strongly encouraged, as the deadline for completed applications is Oct. 15.

A completed application is composed of:

  • The verified AMCAS application
  • $120 application fee - there is not an additional application fee for the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
  • Secondary application
  • Letters of recommendation from recommenders
  • Ratings sheets from recommenders

Secondary application

After submitting an initial AMCAS file, select candidates will be invited to submit a secondary application. This secondary application includes further questions and essay topics.

If selected to complete a secondary application, please note that within the secondary application, there is a checkbox at the bottom to indicate your interest in consideration for the M.D.-only program at Mayo Clinic. If you check this box and you are not selected to interview for the MSTP, you may be considered for the M.D.-only program.

The deadline for submitting the secondary application is Oct. 15.

Letters of recommendation

The MSTP requires a minimum of three and a maximum of five recommendations. Each recommendation must include a letter of recommendation and a rating sheet to complete your application.

Recommendation letters may be received through the AMCAS letter service or sent directly to MSTP offices through one of the below contact methods.

The deadline for receipt of letters of recommendation is Oct. 15. 

Rating sheets

In addition to a letter of recommendation, each of your recommenders must complete a Mayo Clinic M.D.-Ph.D. rating sheet.

The applicant fills out the student portion of the form, signs at the bottom, and forwards the form to the recommender. The recommender completes, signs, and returns the ratings sheet through one of the below contact methods.

The deadline for receipt of rating sheets is Oct. 15.

Contact method options for letters of recommendations and rating sheets:

  • Uploading through AMCAS letter service
  • Faxing to 507-293-0838 (Mayo Clinic MSTP)
  • Emailing to: (must come directly from the recommender's email address)
  • Mailing directly to the Mayo Clinic Medical Scientist Training Program at the below address:

Mayo Clinic Medical Scientist Training Program
Attn: Lisa M. Hurley
Guggenheim Building, Room 2-24
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

Selection criteria and application review process

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The review of your application occurs after all materials of a complete application have been received. A complete application includes a verified AMCAS application, secondary application, letters of recommendation, ratings sheets, and application fee.

The Admissions Committee takes into consideration the many factors that make up an applicant, including:

  • Depth and breadth of research experiences
  • Exposure to and the exploration of medicine
  • Leadership experience, community and volunteer service, artistic and athletic endeavors, along with work experiences
  • Academic performance and GPA
  • MCAT score/percentile
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation

Campus interviews

The second step of the admissions process is the campus interview. 

Interview process and travel expenses

Prospective students selected for an interview are contacted via email starting in late October. Candidates are invited to interview during one of our MSTP interview weekends.

Interview travel expenses are reimbursed up to a predetermined limit.

Interview weekend

Interview weekends are held in January and February. During interview weekend, candidates get a feel of what it’s like to learn at Mayo Clinic. They receive an in-depth orientation to the program, participate in interviews with members of the MSTP Admissions Committee, and have the opportunity to meet one or two faculty members of their choice.

If not offered an interview for the MSTP, applicants may choose to be considered for the M.D.-only program.

Admissions offer and second visit

If offered admission, you may elect to make a second visit to the Minnesota, Arizona, or Florida campus. During this second visit, you may meet potential thesis mentors and gather more information to help you decide among the programs to which you have been admitted.

Second look travel expenses are reimbursed up to a predetermined limit.

Acceptance of offer is required as outlined in the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) ‘Traffic Rules’.

Admissions frequently asked questions

Does the Mayo Clinic Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) require a secondary application?

Yes. You will be contacted regarding a secondary application for the MSTP.

What constitutes a complete application?

A complete application includes:

  • The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application
  • Application fee
  • Secondary application
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Ratings sheets

The deadline for a complete application is Oct. 15.

Which recommenders must fill out the Mayo Clinic M.D.-Ph.D. ratings sheet?

Each recommender listed on the secondary application form must submit a ratings sheet. Ratings sheets from other institutions may not be substituted for the Mayo Clinic M.D.-Ph.D. ratings sheet.

What are the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) requirements?

You must have a current MCAT exam (within three years of matriculation). MCAT scores from 2017, 2018, and 2019 will be accepted for the 2020 admissions cycle.

Are Advanced Placement (AP) credits accepted?

The MSTP accepts AP credits if they are accepted by your degree-granting institution and are applied toward your degree requirements.

Are Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores required?

No. GRE scores are not required to apply to the Mayo Clinic MSTP.

Are international students eligible to apply?

No. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada at the time of application. Foreign nationals, regardless of visa status, are currently ineligible for admission.

If I am not selected for the MSTP, will I be considered for the M.D.-only program at Mayo Clinic?

If you are not selected to interview for the MSTP, you may be considered for the M.D.-only program at Mayo Clinic. There is a checkbox at the bottom of the secondary application to indicate your interest.