MSTP Admissions Information

To Apply to the Iowa Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) for the 2020 Admissions Cycle:

  • Instruct AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) to forward your AMCAS application to the Iowa College of Medicine (IA 131). 
    • You must select the MD/PhD Program type on your AMCAS application. This will allow you to answer two MD/PhD-specific questions which will become part of your Iowa MSTP application.
    • If you did not select the MD/PhD Program type when you first submitted your AMCAS application, you may go back to your AMCAS application and make this change (this action will not de-certify your application).
    • The AMCAS primary application must be submitted by November 1. Be aware there is a delay before the application is released to the schools you select.
  • MCAT Policy - Applicants must have taken the MCAT between January 2016 and September 2019.  We will no longer accept the pre-2015 MCAT. Visit the AAMC Website for Registration and Test Dates.
  • Submit all Carver College of Medicine secondary materials. 
    • Instructions for submitting this information will be forwarded to you once your AMCAS application is received.
    • A supplemental Iowa MSTP Application is part of the Carver College of Medicine secondary application.
    • In order to receive a secondary application, you must meet the College of Medicine minimum requirements of a grade point average of 3.0 or above.
    • For those who interview with us, the secondary application fee of $60 will be refunded.
  • See the Carver College of Medicine instructions about letters of recommendation which are submitted to AMCAS. 
    • The Iowa MSTP requires that one of your letters comes from a primary research mentor.
    • If your mentor letter is shortened and included within a pre-med packet, we require that the entire mentor letter also be uploaded separately to AMCAS.
    • We will accept more than the College of Medicine's limit of three letters only if the additional letters are from former research collaborators or mentors with which you have had a significant research experience.
  • The absolute deadline to submit all secondary application materials is December 15, 2019. 
    • After initial screening of applications is completed, selected candidates will be invited for an on-campus interview at the Program's expense. 


All Iowa MSTP Applicants please note: 

The admissions process is done on a rolling basis, such that interview invitations are offered until all interviews are full.  Thus, for your application to get full consideration, we recommend submitting the secondary before October 1, 2019.


Important Dates

AMCAS Application Opens May 1
AMCAS Transcripts Receipt Begins May 1
AMCAS Application Submission Begins June 1
Secondary Application Opens July 1
Last 2018 MCAT Test Date September
Iowa MSTP Interview #1 September 20, 2019
AMCAS Application Submission Deadline November 1
Iowa MSTP Interview #2 November 8, 2019
Iowa MSTP Interview #3 December 13, 2019
Revisit Weekend (Tentative) Late March/Early April
Multiple Acceptance Deadline April 30, 2020


Eligible Applicants Must:

  • be U.S. citizen or permanent resident (or will be either by the date of enrollment).
  • have completed requirements for a bachelor's degree at an accredited academic institution prior to matriculation.
  • have excellent academic credentials, including undergraduate or postgraduate academic performance in the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences and performance on the MCAT.  
  • have productive laboratory experience(s) that demonstrates an aptitude for and commitment to biomedical research.


Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Iowa MSTP is enriched by the diversity in our student population. The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, associational preferences, or any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual. The university also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1316, 319-335-0705 (voice), 319-335-0697 (TDD),

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine makes every effort to ensure that all qualified applicants and students can participate in and take full advantage of all programs and opportunities offered within the University. For more information, check out the University's Policies for Students with Disabilities or The Technical Standards for Admission and Retention.


Financial Support

Trainees receive stipend and tuition support from a National Institutes of Health MSTP training grant to The University of Iowa, supplemented by additional institutional support from the UI Carver College of Medicine and individual student awards or grants. Students in the graduate phase of training receive support from their mentors and graduate programs. The MSTP office also assists trainees in applying for competitive national awards for outstanding academic and research achievement.