How to Apply


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 minimum eligibility criteria listed here.

International students who have completed at least three years of full-time study (undergraduate, graduate and/or post-baccalaureate) at an accredited U.S. 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 and current PhD students are not eligible for admission.

At Northwestern University we value and celebrate diversity. Please see our Policy of Non-Discrimination and Disabilities Statement.


  • 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
  • For additional information on course requirements please see the Feinberg School of Medicine MD Admissions Requirements.

Timeline: 2021-2022 Academic Year

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. If you apply to the MSTP and wish to have your application transferred for MD-only consideration, please notify the MSTP in writing before Dec. 1. MSTP applications are not automatically transferred for MD-only consideration.


Before November 1, 2021

Apply through AMCAS

On the 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. Your prompt to complete the MSTP Supplemental Application may only be sent once your AMCAS application has been verified, which may take up to six weeks.

Before November 15, 2021

Submit Supplemental Application and Letters of Recommendation

Your application must be complete (AMCAS, MSTP Supplemental Application and minimum of three letters of recommendation) to be considered for MSTP admission. 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 or composite letter or be submitted individually. Applications will not be considered for interview prior to “complete” status. There is no maximum number of recommendation letters that may be submitted. 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.

September 2021 - January 2022

Interview Invitation, Interviews

Applications are reviewed, and interview invitations are sent by email on a rolling basis starting in early fall and may continue as late as January. Interviews are held once per month, September through January. During interviews, applicants meet with Northwestern MSTP leadership, faculty and current students. All interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle. 


October 2021 - May 2022

Admissions Offers Sent

Admission will be offered on a rolling basis from October 2021 through May 2022.

April 2022

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 advisers. Second Look programming includes a variety of social and academic events. We anticipate an in-person Second Look for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

April 30, 2022

National Acceptance Deadline

You must accept your MSTP admission by April 30, 2022. After April 30, you may only hold an offer of admission at one institution.