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Admissions for MSTP

Selection Process

Evaluation Criteria

Most of our graduate programs will accept results of MCATs in lieu of the GRE for admission to the MSTP, but Biomedical Engineering (BME) requires the GRE. However, this GRE requirement is waived for applicants who majored in an engineering field during their undergraduate or graduate education. An earned cumulative grade-point average (GPA) equivalent to at least 3.0 out of 4.0 in all previous undergraduate college-level course work is required by the OSU Graduate School, but considerably higher scores will be required to gain admission to the MSTP. Students should apply to be admitted for the summer quarter. In rare circumstances, exceptions can be made.


A student is selected based on:

  • Previous academic record
  • Research experience
  • Biographical statement that explains why the applicant wants to pursue a combined MD/PhD
  • Four letters of recommendation, at least two of which should address the applicants previous research experience and potential for a research career
  • MCAT scores
  • Personal interviews
  • Although all of these criteria are taken into account, particular emphasis is placed on research experience

As is expected of all applicants to the College of Medicine, these individuals must possess the personal attributes of self-motivation, compassion, integrity, and interpersonal skills as well as the intellectual, physical, and emotional capacities to master the medical curriculum. Candidates must possess high ethical standards, especially honesty and concern for others. Candidates must be free of substance abuse, addictions, and violent behaviors, and must possess the skills required to practice direct patient care.