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MSTP Admissions and FAQs

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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 Nov. 1.

This application will permit you to submit essays describing your interest in the integrated M.D./Ph.D. Program. UT Southwestern’s 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.

Applicants are required to complete the CASPer examination. Please be sure to have your scores sent to UT Southwestern. Visit the CASPer site for more information. If you are invited to interview, your scores must be delivered to UT Southwestern prior to your interview date.

Application to UT Southwestern Medical Center Medical School

Applicants who also wish to be considered for the UT Southwestern M.D.-only program must complete the application for Texas Medical and Dental Schools (TMDSAS) and the UT Southwestern Medical School secondary application in addition to the AMCAS MD/PhD application and the UT Southwestern MSTP secondary application. The deadline for TMDSAS primary application is November 1. The deadline for the MD Secondary Application is November 15. 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 the 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 Canadian university.
  • Required coursework (identical to Medical School prerequisites)

It is desirable, but not mandatory, that the minimum prerequisites for admission to UT Southwestern Medical School be supplemented by one year of college calculus and one year of physical chemistry.

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

The deadline for the AMCAS primary application is November 1. MSTP requires a free secondary application that is due November 15. The secondary application will be automatically sent to applicants upon receipt of the materials from AMCAS.

Recommended Application Timeline: AMCAS will accept applications between May and 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

Find out more about the MCAT testing requirements.