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Admission to the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) can be made through one application process. This is initiated through the American Medical College Applications Service (AMCAS). To apply to the MSTP you should designate The Ohio State University on the electronic AMCAS application, and select Combined Medical Degree/Ph.D. Later you will receive an e-mail from the College of Medicine directing you to the web-based secondary application which also serves as your application to the MSTP and to graduate school.

The Ohio State University MSTP is committed to diversity, including those with disabilities.  For more information regarding support services, please follow the links below.

Office of Disability Services

College of Medicine Office of Student Life​

Americans with Disabilities Act


Admission requirements for the Medical Scientist Training Program:

  • Completed AMCAS application.
  • Completed College of Medicine secondary application form.
  • Four (4) letters of recommendation. Two should address the applicant’s research experience and potential. Two others should be from teachers or professors who have taught and graded the applicant. All of these should be submitted via AMCAS.
  • Current CV - please send this via mail or email directly to the MSTP Office.
  • An official transcript directly from each college or university attended listing all courses and grades must be received by OSU via one of the following methods.  
    • ​Electronically: gpadocs@osu.edu
    • US Mail: ​GP Admissions - The Ohio State University
                     PO Box 182004
                     Columbus, OH 43218-2004
    • This is in addition to the transcripts that you would have requested for your AMCAS application​.
  • A personal statement specific to the graduate program you select on your College of Medicine secondary application form.  This one page statement should focus on your reasons for selecting the graduate program and can be submitted directly to the MSTP office.
  • U.S. students and permanent residents only; international students are ineligible for the MSTP

Application deadlines:

AMCAS applications will be accepted starting June 1st until November 1st of the year prior to anticipated matriculation. No applications are accepted by AMCAS after November 1st. The Ohio State University secondary application forms are due 30 days after receipt of the AMCAS application. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Nationwide Pediatrics MSTP Fellowship Program:

Nationwide Children's Hospital and the MSTP have partnered for a new Fellowship program for students interested in pediatric research. For applicants with a strong interest in pediatric research, we encourage completion of an additional essay, which should be submitted to the MSTP office by September 1, 2018.  Additional information regarding this program can be found here​. ​

​Evaluation Criteria:

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 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.​​​​​​​​​