The application process for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) involves five steps, as described in the application timeline.

In addition, prospective students must meet the admission requirements.

We understand that the MSTP application process can be long and confusing at times, so we are here to help! The following frequently asked questions will help prospective students understand the admissions process for the UW-Madison Medical Scientist Training Program.

When is the AMCAS due?

October 15, 2020

When is the UW-Madison MSTP secondary application due?

December 1, 2020

How does the UW School of Medicine and Public Health consider multiple MCAT scores?

As part of our holistic review, our admissions committee members can view each MCAT score an applicant has. It is up to each admissions committee member to interpret multiple MCAT scores as they see fit.

What happens if I submit my application before a pending MCAT score has been reported?

At the time that you submit your AMCAS application, you must indicate any future dates when you intend to take the MCAT. We will hold consideration of your application until we receive those scores. Once our admissions committee has reached a decision on your application, we will not consider any additional MCAT scores for the current year. Do not submit your application until you have decided whether you will retake the MCAT.

How will UW-Madison MSTP do interviews for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle?

All interviews for the 2020-21 application cycle will be virtual. While we wish we could meet you in person, we are planning a virtual interview experience that will provide you with resources and information about our integrated MD-PhD program. You’ll learn more about our medical school curriculum, UW-Madison’s research environment, and all the great things about living in the greater Madison area. 

These plans are currently in development. Check back to this page for more information as the season progresses.

Can I be considered for more than one MD program offered at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health?

No, you will need to select one of the programs offered at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health for your AMCAS application:

  • MD-PhD (Medical Scientist Training Program): This program will appear as Combined Medical Degree/PhD in the AMCAS application
  • Regular MD
  • Rural MD: This program is offered through the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) and will appear as Other Special Programs in the AMCAS application

How many letters of recommendation should I submit?

The minimum MSTP requirements for letters of recommendation are the same as those of the MD Program, which are described on the MD Program letters of recommendation guidelines. MSTP applicants may submit up to seven total letters of recommendation, including a committee letter.

Do I have to have published my research to be considered for the MD-PhD program?

No, research publications are not required to be eligible to apply to the UW-Madison MSTP.

At the time you submit your secondary application, you may also upload a copy of any published paper(s) that resulted from your research.

Please upload the final, journal-formatted version of the publication(s) as a PDF attachment to the document upload section of the secondary application by December 1, 2020. We cannot accept manuscripts before they have been published, nor can we accept theses, abstracts or posters.

Who is eligible to apply?

U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and DACA recipients are welcome to apply; international students are ineligible for the UW-Madison MSTP.

The Medical Scientist Training Program does not accept applications from candidates who have already completed, or will have completed at the time of matriculation, a doctoral or professional degree (MD, PhD, PharmD, DDS, DVM, etc.). However, candidates who have completed or are currently enrolled in a post-baccalaureate or master's-level graduate program are eligible to apply. Candidates who are enrolled in a doctoral (PhD) graduate program may only apply concurrently with their first year of graduate school. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact the program administrator.

Resources for applicants with disabilities

Our program is committed to providing all students equal access to learning opportunities. The McBurney Disability Resource Center is the UW-Madison campus office that works with students who have disabilities to provide and/or arrange reasonable accommodations.

Applicants who have, or think they may have, a disability (e.g. psychiatric, attentional, learning, vision, hearing, physical, or systemic) are invited to contact the McBurney Center for a confidential discussion at 608-263-2741 (V/TTY) or at Additional information is available at the McBurney Center website. To request program materials in alternative formats or disability accommodations during your interview, please contact the MSTP program office at or call 608-262-0736 or 608-262-6321.

Please also see the posted technical standards, which apply to students of all UW School of Medicine and Public Health MD programs, including the MSTP.

Who should I contact if I have other questions? 

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