Application 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
526 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Telephone: (412) 648-2324
Fax: (412) 648-2185

MSTP application, including letters of recommendation, must be completed by Monday, October 17th.

Please note that in order to be considered for the MSTP, your MD application will also need completed by Monday, October 17th.

Due to a constrained interview schedule, early completion of the application is advised.

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

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.


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 16, 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

This award remits tuition for medical and graduate school years; health insurance; and a yearly living stipend, which is currently $26,010/annum. 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.

Revisit Pittsburgh

Accepted students are invited back to Pittsburgh in the spring for an MSTP second look. 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.