Interviews & Second-Look



After review of the written application, including letters of recommendation, approximately 70 applicants are offered interviews. Interviews are required for full evaluation. The MSTP interview process is coordinated with interviews for the medical school during a two-day period. Applicants list on the MSTP application the specific investigators they would like to meet. Candidates meet with at least three members of the MSTP admissions committee, in addition to faculty members with shared scientific interests. During the first afternoon, the applicants meet with graduate program faculty and students working in areas of their scientific interest. At the end of the day, applicants have a more informal interview with an MSTP student who serves on the admissions committee. The student interviewer is matched to the applicant's research interests, whenever possible. A final wrap-up session with the MSTP director at the end of interview day is followed by an informal dinner with the students.

Interviews are offered on a rolling basis and we cannot guarantee that interview spots will be available on a given date.  The MSTP will interview candidates for the Class of 2021 on the following dates: 


Monday, September 14th
Monday, September 21st
Friday, September 25th

Monday, October 5th
Friday, October 16th
Monday, October 19th
Friday, October 30th

Friday, November 6th
Monday, November 9th
Monday, November 16th
Monday, November 23rd

Friday, December 4th
Monday, December 7th



Accepted students are invited back to Pittsburgh in the spring for an MSTP second look at our expenses. Additionally, they can choose to return during formal graduate program recruitment days or medical school second look days. The purpose is to meet with graduate program faculty mentors to define their initial laboratory rotation, thus beginning the process of defining their thesis lab. Due to the current climate, we have not yet planned an in-person Second Look.