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MSTP Interviews

Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted via email (or via phone secondarily).
The secondary application fee of $60 will be refunded for interviewed applicants.
Questions should be directed to the MSTP office by e-mail to mstpadmissions@uiowa.edu or by phone to 319-335-8303.

For full consideration, please complete your MD/PhD application by October 1st.
All interview slots are typically filled by mid October.


2020 Interview Cycle Dates

  • Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Friday, November 8, 2019
  • Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Revisit Weekend - late March or early April 2020


Below is the MSTP admissions process timeline:

May 2019 AMCAS application for 2020 cycle opens
June 2019 AMCAS Application Submission Begins
July 2019 Secondary Applications Open
Mid July-Mid Oct Completed MD/PhD applications are sent to be reviewed by MSTP Admissions Committee Members
Mid August First interview offers sent for September and November interview dates
Sept 20, 2019 MSTP Interview #1
Early Oct MSTP Admission Committee meets to review September candidates
Mid Oct Remaining interview offers are sent for slots in November and December
End Oct MSTP meets with the CCOM who determines which of our candidates are admissible
The first admissions offers are made to four or five applicants
Nov 1, 2019 Completed AMCAS Applications must be submitted to AMCAS
Nov 8, 2019 MSTP Interview #2
End Nov MSTP Admissions Committee meets to review November candidates
Early Dec Carver College of Medicine determines who is admissible
The second group of admissions offers is made (4-5)
Dec 13, 2019 MSTP Interview #3
Dec 15, 2019 Secondary Applications must be submitted
End Dec MSTP Admissions Committee meets to review December candidates
Mid January Final meeting with Carver College of Medicine to determine admissibility
Four to five more admissions offers are made
Late March/Early April Revisit
April 30, 2020 Last date to hold multiple offers
May & June New offers are made as people drop until we get to a class of 8 incoming students


What questions do you have about MD/PhD training at Iowa?

We want to make sure we answer all your questions about dual-degree training in the Iowa MSTP, so we’ve provided you a link where you can enter questions that you would like us to address about our Program, the University of Iowa, or the Iowa City community. Please feel free to enter questions anytime during the 2020 admissions season.


Typical MSTP Interview Schedule


  • Arrive in Iowa City (by 5:30 pm)

  • 6:30-9:00 pm - dinner with the Directors & several students


  • 8:00 am - Breakfast with the MSTP Directors, representatives from the College of Medicine, and several MSTP students

  • 9:15 pm - Introduction & Information about College of Medicine Interviews

  • 9:30 - 11:00 am - College of Medicine Interview

  • 11:00 - 12:50 pm - Lunch with MSTP students 

  • 1:30 - 4:00 pm - Interviews with MSTP faculty (typically 4)

  • 4:15 pm - Regroup at MSTP office & return to hotel

  • 6:30 pm - MSTP Open House dinner at a student's home


  • 8:30 am - Breakfast & Graduate Program Information Fair

  • 10:45 am - Wrap up with the Directors Pam & Steve

  • 11:00 am - Depart or wait for airport shuttle


What is the "Graduate Program Information Fair"?

The Graduate Information Fair on Saturday is attended by faculty and students from MSTP-affiliated graduate programs. Applicants have the opportunity to ask questions of the representatives of the graduate training programs. Many department heads personally attend the Graduate Information Fair to meet Iowa MSTP applicants. Past applicants have indicated that this is an effective method for them to learn about research opportunities and structures of the graduate programs at Iowa.


Click here for more information specific to the Carver College of Medicine Interview.

Specifically look at these sections:

  • What happens on interview day?
  • What is the interview like?
  • How do I dress?