Application Process

Admission to the MSTP can be made through an application process initiated through the American Medical College Applications Service (AMCAS). To apply to the program, you should designate The Ohio State University on the electronic AMCAS application and select “Combined Medical Degree/PhD.” Later on, you will receive an email from the College of Medicine directing you to the web-based secondary application that also serves as your application to the MSTP and to graduate school. Use this helpful tool on the AAMC website to learn more.

Application Deadlines

AMCAS applications will be accepted starting June 1 until Nov. 1 of the year prior to anticipated matriculation. No applications are accepted by AMCAS after Nov. 1. The Ohio State University secondary application forms are due 30 days after receipt of the AMCAS application. Early application is strongly encouraged, as interview slots fill up quickly.

Nationwide Pediatrics MSTP Fellowship Program

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the MSTP have partnered to create a fellowship program for students interested in pediatrics research. Every year, the NCH MSTP Fellowship will be awarded to up to one incoming MSTP student who has an interest in pediatric research. Nationwide Children's Hospital will provide funding to cover the full cost of medical school for any student awarded this fellowship.

Applicants interested in being considered for this fellowship should complete the following items and submit them via email to the MSTP office no later than Sept. 1, 2019:

  • An essay explaining your interest in pediatric research, including past research experience and future research plans (800-word limit).
  • A list of up to three research labs at the NCH Research Institute where you wish to work.

Consideration for the NCH MSTP Fellowship has no bearing on the MSTP admissions decision.

Submit application materials

Selection Process

The Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and Neuroscience Graduate Studies Program will accept results of MCATs in lieu of the GRE for admission to the MSTP, but the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Graduate Program 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 of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 in all previous undergraduate college-level course work is required by the Ohio State 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, with at least two letters which should address the applicant’s previous research experience and potential for a research career
  • MCAT scores
  • Personal interview

Although all of these criteria are considered, 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.

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