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MSTP Admissions Information


Important Dates (2020 dates TBD)

AMCAS Application Opens May 1
AMCAS Transcripts Receipt Begins May 1
AMCAS Application Submission Begins June 1
Secondary Application Opens July 1
Last 2020 MCAT Test Date September

Iowa MSTP Interview #1 (Virtual)

September 15
MSTP Recommended Submission Deadline October 1

Iowa MSTP Interview #2 (In Person)

October 22
AMCAS Application Submission Deadline November 1

Iowa MSTP Interview #3 (Virtual)

November 3

Iowa MSTP Interview #4 (In Person)

December 3
Revisit Weekend Late March/Early April
AMCAS "Commit to Enroll" opens on AMCAS.  This is the last day applicants can hold multiple acceptances   April 30
Admitted students must choose one school to "Plan to Enroll" on AMCAS May 1

Eligible MSTP Applicants Must

  • meet all admissions requirements of The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

  • 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), diversity@uiowa.edu. https://diversity.uiowa.edu/

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 (https://medicine.uiowa.edu/md/supporting-students/student-handbook/policies-students-disabilities) or The Technical Standards for Admission and Retention (https://medicine.uiowa.edu/md/admissions/applying/technical-standards-admission-and-retention).

Financial Support

Our MSTP trainees receive a competitive stipend and full tuition support during their entire training, through a combination of the sources below:

  • The National Institutes of Health MSTP training grant to The University of Iowa
  • Institutional support from the UI Carver College of Medicine
  • 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.


Iowa MSTP Admissions Process

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 2017 and September 2020. 

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 (read below).

  • All Iowa MSTP Applicants please note: The MSTP 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 and completing your application before October 1st.

  • After initial screening of applications is completed, selected candidates will be invited for an interview.


Advanced Standing Admissions Process (M2 Year)


All students enrolled in the CCOM are eligible for consideration by the MSTP for admission with advanced standing. Many students who enter the general medical school class have a deep interest in research. The CCOM endorses scientific investigation, as evidenced by the establishment of the Research Distinction Track, which awards distinction to medical students who have significant and sustained research participation throughout their medical school training. Strikingly, more than half of the general medical school class completes a summer research fellowship during their CCOM training. In recognition of this strong cohort of talented students, we formalized a process for admission of advanced standing students.

During the fall semester, we notify the entire M2 class of the application deadline for individuals interested in MD-PhD training. Typically, we receive one to two applications each year.

  • These M2 students complete an MSTP application to add to their existing AMCAS Application.
  • Update their letters of recommendation.
  • Following a review by the MSTP Admission Committee, advanced standing candidates are invited to interview in one of the regular interview weekends.
  • Admissions decisions are made by the end of December, to permit accepted students an opportunity to join the current MSTP Year 2 class. Funding for entering Advanced Standing students begins July 1st.

Funding for taking an advanced standing student is contingent upon available funds allocated by the College of Medicine.  We have been able to add advanced standing students in only four out of the last five years.