Applying to the M.D./Ph.D. Program
Complete the American Medical College Application (AMCAS)
Applications for admission begin with the common application submitted online at American Medical College Application Service.
Submit 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.
Complete the BCM Supplemental Application and Submit Fee
Baylor requires that every applicant complete a Supplemental Application. The application opens July 1 and does not require an invitation to apply. The Supplemental Application may be submitted at any time but must be received electronically by November 1 by all candidates. The supplemental application provides candidates with the opportunity to indicate a program of interest and their primary research interest.
Complete the CASPer Test
All applicants to the Medical Scientist Training Program are required to complete an online situational judgement test called CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics). View information about the CASPer assessment, testing dates for BCM, and register for a test.
All materials must be received by Nov. 1 for MSTP applicants. The Admissions Committee will not review an applicant’s file until the following are received: verified AMCAS application, BCM supplemental application and fee, letters of recommendation, MCAT scores, and CASPer scores. MSTP applicants are strongly advised to submit medical school applications early in the admissions process, preferably during the summer months.
You can check the status of your application after the verified AMCAS application has been received by the College.
Note that for the 2020-2021 admission cycle, we are not accepting applications for the joint program with Rice University in Bioengineering. Applicants should select among the Baylor College of Medicine graduate programs.
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.
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 MSTP 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. Following an interview with the MSTP, a decision regarding acceptance will be made by the end of the academic year.
* Interview sessions will be held virtually via ZOOM. Interviews will be held Friday afternoons.
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. Arrangements can be made for alternate interview times on Thursday if necessary. 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 Second Look, 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.
2019-2020 Interview Dates
- Interview 1 - Oct. 23, 2020
- Interview 2 - Nov. 6, 2020
- Interview 3 - Jan. 8, 2021
- Interview 4 - Jan. 22, 2021
- Second Look - March 25-27, 2021
Applicants who are not accepted to the M.D./Ph.D. Program, but who matriculate at Baylor College of Medicine in July 2021, are invited to reapply to the MSTP during their first year of medical school.
Acceptance and Funding
Baylor College of Medicine is one of 50 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. About 100 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 program necessary upon entering the program.
Applicants who are accepted to the MSTP and maintain academic requirements receive full tuition, medical insurance and stipend support throughout their training. Ten 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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Admission Statistics for Class Entering 2019
- Applications Received - 404
- Applicants Interviewed - 83
- Applicants Matriculating Aug. 1 - 10
2019-2020 Matriculant Statistics
- Average GPA of Current Students - 3.93 (Range 3.78 - 3.97)
- MCAT Score of Current Students - 96% (Range 84% - 100%)
- Range over the last five incoming classes (2015-2020) - GPA - 3.40 - 4.00 and MCAT - 80% - 100%