MSTP Admissions

To Apply to the Iowa Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) for the 2019 entering class:

  • 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, 2018. Be aware there is a delay before the application is released to the schools you select.
  • MCAT Policy - Applicants for the 2019 application cycle must have taken the MCAT between January 2015 and September 2018.  We will no longer accept the pre-2015 MCAT.  The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is offered on various dates between January and September.  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. The secondary application fee of $60 will be refunded for applicants interviewed by the Iowa MSTP.
  • 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.
  • The absolute deadline to submit all secondary application materials is December 15, 2018.  After initial screening of applications is completed, selected candidates will be invited for an on-campus interview at the Program's expense. The admissions process is done on a rolling basis, such that interview invitations are offered until all interviews are full. Thus, we recommend submitting the secondary before October 31, 2018.

Important Dates

AMCAS Application Opens May 1, 2018
AMCAS Transcripts Receipt Begins May 1, 2018
AMCAS Application Submission Begins June 1, 2018
Secondary Application Opens July 1, 2018
Last 2018 MCAT Test Date September 2018
Iowa MSTP Interview #1 September 24, 2018
AMCAS Application Submission Deadline November 1, 2018
Iowa MSTP Interview #2 November 5, 2018
Iowa MSTP Interview #3 December 10, 2018
Revisit Weekend (Tentative) TBD
Multiple Acceptance Deadline April 30, 2019


Eligible applicants must:

  • be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • have completed requirements for a bachelor's degree at an accredited academic institution prior to matriculation.
  • meet all admissions requirements of The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.
  • have excellent academic credentials, including undergraduate performance in the biological, physical, and mathematical sciences and performance on the MCAT.
  • have productive laboratory experience that demonstrates an aptitude for and commitment to biomedical research.

Note: The Graduate Record Examination is not required.

Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Iowa MSTP is enriched by the diversity in our student population. Our Program gives full consideration to all applicants for admission and does not discriminate in access to its 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. We encourage applications from students from racial or ethnic minority groups or disadvantaged backgrounds, from those who have served in the U.S. military, and from those with a disability.


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 and individual awards. Students in the graduate phase of training receive support from their mentors and graduate programs. The Program office also assists trainees in applying for competitive national awards for outstanding academic and research achievement.