Admissions Process

How to Apply

Prospective students must apply individually to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and complete the MSTP online application. The criteria for acceptance to the MSTP include an outstanding academic record and letters of recommendation, positive personal interviews, and significant prior research experience. Admission to the MSTP is competitive, as is admission to graduate school, with students applying to the PhD programs of their choice after the first year of medical school.

Every year the program receives approximately 400 applications for a maximum of 15 available positions. The application review committee screens each completed application and well-qualified applicants are invited for an interview in Pittsburgh. Students currently enrolled in the MSTP have an average undergraduate GPA of 3.7 and an average Medical College Admission Test score of 34. (These scores are for general assessment purposes only.) We also require two letters of recommendation submitted online from instructors and/or scientists who are conversant with the student's research training. Previous research experience and commitment to a career as a physician-scientist are crucial in the evaluation of applications. Additionally, a bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed prior to matriculating.

For additional information contact:

University of Pittsburgh
MSTP
526 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Telephone: (412) 648-2324
Fax: (412) 648-2185
Email: mstp@medschool.pitt.edu

MSTP Application Deadline is 11:59 pm on OCTOBER 17, 2016

In order to be considered for the MSTP, your MD application along with the supplemental application for Pitt-CMU MSTP and all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, are due no later than October 17.  We do not grant application deadline extensions.  Early applications is strongly encouraged, as interview offers are made on a rolling basis.

Our MSTP admits only U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents; international students are ineligible for the MSTP.

Acceptances

We accept students on a rolling basis; therefore, it is very important to complete the application, including recommendation letters, as early as possible. Applicants must complete their MD secondary application as soon as possible. Starting October 18, those with completed applications will be informed of their acceptance to our program within three weeks of their interview date.

Applicants are ranked and notified of the following action:

1) Acceptance into MSTP with full funding for all years of medical school and graduate school (including tuition and stipend)
2) Wait-listed for acceptance into MSTP with funding
3) Not accepted into MSTP

A second group of students is placed on the wait list. The University of Pittsburgh MSTP also accepts a small number of matriculated second-year medical students into the dual-degree program based upon their outstanding performance and developing interest in research pursuits during their medical school experience.

The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University MSTP recognizes that our training environment is positively enriched by trainees with diverse backgrounds and needs.  Our program gives full consideration to all eligible applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, veteran status, disability, national origin, creed, marital status, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.