The Northwestern University Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) receives over 500 applications annually for 15 available positions. Learn more about our admissions and eligibility below.
Applicants should meet the following minimum eligibility criteria.
- A bachelor’s degree with advanced coursework in science, mathematics, or engineering
- Research experience of at least one academic year or three summers
- A record of strong academic achievement
- A commitment to a dual career in biomedical investigation and medicine
- A well-rounded resume that shows leadership, a commitment to volunteerism and interests in and out of an academic setting
International Students who have completed at least three years of full-time study (undergraduate, graduate, and/or post-baccalaureate) at an accredited US or Canadian college or university may apply. International students receive the same financial support as all other MSTP students. Current Feinberg MD students should contact the MSTP Admissions Coordinator for application information.
Individuals who have completed an MD or PhD, or current PhD students are not eligible for admission.
Below are important dates you need to know in the Northwestern University MSTP application process. We accept applications only through AMCAS and you are strongly encouraged to complete your application (AMCAS, Supplemental and Letters of Recommendation) as early as possible, as we invite candidates to interview on a rolling basis. Your prompt to complete a supplemental application may only be sent once you are AMCAS verified (which can take up to six weeks).
You may only apply to the MSTP or the MD program, but not both simultaneously.
The following dates are for the 2016-2017 academic year. Dates are updated for the coming academic year by July 1.
Before October 15, 2016 – Apply to Program through AMCAS
Go to American Medical College Application Service website. Choose "Northwestern MD-PhD Program (MSTP)." Answer the two MD-PhD-specific questions. Submit your application plus official transcripts to AMCAS.
Before November 15, 2016 – Submit Letters of Recommendation
Request a minimum of three letters of recommendation to be sent as early as possible to the AMCAS letter service. These letters may be included within a Committee Letter, Composite Letter, or submitted individually. Applications will not be considered for interview prior to “complete” status.
During this time period, the MSTP Admissions Committee reviews applications and invites candidates to complete the MSTP Supplemental Application and interview on a rolling basis.
October 2016 through February 2017 – Interview Invitation and Interviews
Interview invitations are sent by email on a rolling basis from early fall may continue as late as January.
Interviews are held once per month in October through January beginning at noon on Day One and conclude at 3 p.m. on Day Two. Northwestern MSTP will assume the cost of meals and hotel charges, but not travel during your visit.
You may request at any time in the application process (through November 1) to withdrawal from MSTP consideration and switch to an MD only application by email.
December 2016 through April 2017 – Admissions Offer
Admission will be offered on a rolling basis from November 2016 through April 2017.
April 2017 - Second Look
Accepted applicants are invited back to visit the Northwestern MSTP to learn more about our program, meet current students, explore the city of Chicago and meet with potential thesis advisors. Second look programming includes a variety of social and academic events.
April 30, 2017 – Acceptance Deadline
You must accept your MSTP admission by April 30, 2017.