MSTP Admissions and FAQs

Admission — How to Apply:

Application to UT Southwestern’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) requires completion of the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) online application. The admission deadline is November 1.

This application will permit you to submit essays describing your interest in the integrated M.D./Ph.D. Program. UT Southwestern MST Program also requires a secondary application, which will be emailed to you upon receipt of your AMCAS application. AMCAS will collect and forward additional supporting documents, including official transcripts and MCAT scores. (GREs are not required.)

Three or more letters of recommendation, including letters from all research mentors, should be sent to UT Southwestern MSTP via AMCAS Letters or other electronic submission services. Please ask references to comment specifically on the nature of your project(s) and your potential as a research scientist.

Application to the UT Southwestern Medical Center Medical School:

Applicants who also wish to be considered for the UT Southwestern M.D.-only program must also complete the application for Texas Medical and Dental Schools (TMDSAS) and the UT Southwestern Medical School secondary application. The deadline for TMDSAS and MS secondary application is October 1. Please note that TMDSAS will not forward letters of recommendation to AMCAS or vice versa; applicants applying to both the UT Southwestern MSTP and the traditional M.D.-only program should have letters sent to both services.

Prerequisites for MST Program:

  • Must hold at least a baccalaureate degree
  • MCAT is required, but GRE is not.
  • International student applications are accepted, provided undergraduate studies were completed at a U.S. college or university.
  • Required course work (identical to Medical School prerequisites):
    • English – one year of college English. A minimum of six semester credit hours is required with a grade of C or better. English courses must be approved by the English department for fulfillment of the general education English requirement for the baccalaureate degree. Remedial, developmental, and “English as a Second Language” courses are not accepted.
    • Biology – Two years as required for science majors. One year must include a formal laboratory experience. A minimum of 14 semester credit hours is required with grades of C or better. One semester iofbiochemistry, as offered for science majors, will be accepted toward fulfilling one-half year of this biology requirement. Courses for non-science majors and courses taught for health career majors (nursing, pharmacy, or health professions sciences) are not accepted.
    • Physics – One year including laboratory as offered for science majors. A minimum of eight semester credit hours is required with grades of C or better. Any courses for non-science majors or health career majors (nursing, pharmacy, or health professions sciences) are not accepted.
    • Chemistry – Two years including laboratory as offered for science majors. A minimum of 16 semester credit hours are required with grades of C or better, divided equally between inorganic and organic chemistry. It should include experience in the laboratory and familiarity with analytic and volumetric techniques. Any courses for non-science majors (nursing, pharmacy, or health professions sciences) are not accepted.
    • Mathematics – One-half year of college calculus or statistics. A minimum of three semester credit hours is required with a grade of C or better. The calculus course may be taught by the math or physics department. Business calculus and pre-calculus are not accepted. The statistics course must be math-based and preferably taught in the math department. Business statistics and statistics taught in social sciences or education departments are not accepted.

M.D.-Ph.D. Application Timeline:

AMCAS application opens: May preceding the year of expected entry
Applicants interviewed: September-January
Final decisions sent to applicants: February
Applicant Revisit dates: April
M.D.-Ph.D. programs start: May-August

Recommended Application Timeline: AMCAS will accept applications between May-October of each year. We recommend early submission (between May and August), but keep in mind we must be in receipt of your MCAT scores and letters before decisions will be made on your application.


Program FAQs:

What is your deadline?

November 1 of each year.

Do you accept international students?

Yes, provided they have completed their undergraduate studies at a U.S. college or university.

Do you allow coursework or degrees from non-U.S. colleges/universities to fulfill prerequisites? 

No, with rare exceptions for some courses taken at English-language international institutions, e.g. Oxford).

What are your program pre-requisites?

See Prerequisites for MST Program above.

How many letters of recommendation do you require?

Three (3) or more LOR’s, including letters from all research mentors, should be sent to UT Southwestern MST Program via AMCAS Letters or other electronic submission services. You may also send them directly to our office via email. Please ask references to comment specifically on the nature of your project(s) and your potential as a research scientist.

What are competitive MCAT scores and/or GPA?

Applications are reviewed holistically. Most successful applicants will have a MCAT of 513 or higher, GPA of 3.7 or higher, combined with prior research experience. Some successful applicants with outstanding research experience have lower MCAT scores and/or GPAs. Interviews are based on the competitiveness of the applicant pool. You should begin the application process at least one year prior to the desired matriculation.

What are the chances of acceptance?

Approximately 15 percent of applicants are accepted.

Is the GRE required?

No.

What is the length of your program study?

Students in our program average 8 years, beginning summer before matriculation with an 8-week laboratory research.

What financial supports are available for our students?

All MSTP students at UT Southwestern receive a generous annual stipend and fully paid tuition throughout their years in the program.

Are applicants not accepted to the M.D./Ph.D. program considered for the M.D. program?

Not automatically. If you wish to be considered for medical school alone, you must also apply via TMDSAS. This will ensure that you are reviewed for medical school based on their criteria, which are slightly different from the MST Program criteria.

What is living in Dallas/Fort Worth like?

Take a look! We offer a rich cultural scene, affordable housing, and a reasonable cost of living.

Do you have questions specific to your AMCAS application?

Find out more about the MCAT testing requirements.