Applying to the M.D./Ph.D. Program
Ready to apply? Complete these two easy steps:
The application deadline for all materials is Nov. 1.
Include the AMCAS application including letters of recommendation and the Medical School Supplemental Application.
You can check the status of your application after the verified AMCAS application has been received by the College.
MSTP applicants are strongly advised to take the MCAT during the spring and submit medical school applications early in the admissions process, preferably during the summer months. The Supplemental Application may be submitted at any time, but must be received electronically by Nov. 1 by all candidates. The supplemental application provides candidates with the opportunity to indicate a department of interest and their primary research interest.
All materials must be received by Nov. 1 for MSTP applicants. This includes your AMCAS application, your medical school supplemental application, and your letters of recommendation.
The MSTP requires at least one reference letter, preferably from your most recent mentor, dealing directly with your experiences, abilities and potential as a researcher. The names of all individuals who will provide a letter should be listed on your supplemental application with the most recent experience listed first. Please note: MSTP interviews may not be conducted without all supporting documentation.
Students who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Bioengineering should be aware that the following courses are required prerequisites. If a student does not have evidence on their undergraduate transcript that they have received credit for these courses, they must take them as part of the Ph.D. curriculum. Courses include the Fundamentals of Systems Physiology, Cell Biology and Statistics.
The MSTP also welcomes applications from Baylor medical students in their first or second year or from first-year graduate students.
Medical students at Baylor may choose to apply to the MST Program by notifying the MSTP Administrative Office of their intent, and submitting a one-page letter of interest and a completed Supplemental Application before Nov. 1. They must also participate in all programs and events required of current MSTP students. Following an interview with the director, a decision regarding acceptance will be made at the end of the academic year.
International students must complete their undergraduate training at an accredited U.S. college or university to be eligible to apply to the medical school and the M.D./Ph.D. Program. Students accepted to the M.D./Ph.D. Program must complete both their M.D. and Ph.D. at Baylor College of Medicine. International students who have completed their M.D. in another country and are interested in obtaining a Ph.D. should contact the Graduate School at email@example.com for more information.
Medical Scientist Training Program interviews are conducted October through January, beginning on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. the day before medical school interviews begin. MSTP candidates have two faculty interviews, a director's interview and a student interview on Friday morning. These interview sessions provide the opportunity to discuss research experiences and explore various training opportunities available at Baylor College of Medicine. All offers of acceptance to the MSTP are fully funded and will be extended twice during the interview season.
The MSTP interviews approximately 75 applicants annually, inviting accepted applicants to return at Baylor's expense for an optional Second Look Visit. At this time, applicants have an opportunity to meet faculty members of their choice to discuss research opportunities at Baylor. Candidates will also participate in a student poster session and hear student and faculty presentations about their research.
2018 - 2019 Interview Dates
- Interview 1 - Oct. 12, 2018
- Interview 2 - Nov. 2, 2018*
- Interview 3 - Dec. 7, 2018
- Interview 4 - Jan. 4, 2019*
- Interview 5 - Jan. 25, 2019
*Dates will include interviews for the Rice University Bioengineering Graduate Program.
Applicants who are not accepted to the M.D./Ph.D. Program, but who matriculate at Baylor College of Medicine in July 2019, are invited to reapply to the MSTP during their first year of medical school.
Acceptance and Funding
Baylor College of Medicine is one of 45 institutions awarded a competitive Medical Scientist Training Program grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant offers students funded medical and graduate education through the combined M.D./Ph.D. Program. Almost 90 students in various phases of training are currently supported by the MSTP grant as well as institutional and endowment funds.
Admission is highly competitive, and selection is based on interviews, letters of recommendation, volunteer and extracurricular activities, demonstrable research interest and ability, MCAT scores, and GPA. Acceptance to the MSTP at BCM does not require separate application to the Graduate School, nor is application to a specific graduate department necessary upon entering the program. After admission to medical school is granted, the M.D./Ph.D. Operating Committee recommends candidates to be considered for admission by the Graduate School. For the class entering in August 2017, accepted applicants had average cumulative GPAs of 3.94, achieved total MCAT score in the 95th percentile and had completed meritorious research experiences.
Applicants who are accepted to the MSTP and maintain academic requirements receive full tuition, facility fee scholarship, medical insurance and stipend support throughout their training. Eight to twelve candidates are accepted annually. Additional financial aid can also be applied for during training.
Successful MSTP applicants must satisfy the requirements of both the medical and graduate components of the program. All matriculants must satisfy the technical requirements in Baylor College of Medicine’s Technical Standards for the School of Medicine.
Baylor College of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Policy
Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. Please view the Diversity and Inclusion Policy.
- Diversity, respect, and inclusiveness create an environment that is conducive to academic excellence, and strengthens our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity, and ensuring a broader perspective.
- Diversity helps position Baylor to reduce disparities in health and healthcare access and to better address the needs of the community we serve.
- Baylor is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds by providing a welcoming, supportive learning environment for all members of the Baylor community.
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Class Entering 2017
- Applications Received - 420
- Applicants Interviewed - 82
- Applicants Matriculating Aug. 1 - 13
- Average GPA of Interviewed Applicants - 3.86
- Total MCAT Score of Interviewed Applicants - 94 percent
2017-2018 Matriculant Statistics
- Average GPA of Current Students - 3.93
- Total MCAT Score of Current Students - 96 percent