MSTP Applicant 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 or by phone to 319-335-8303.

2019 Interview Cycle Dates

  • Monday, September 24, 2018
  • Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Revisit Weekend - TBD (late March/early April)

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 2019 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.

  • 9:30 - 11:00 am - Interviews with MSTP faculty (typically 3-4)

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

  • 1:15 pm - Introduction & Information about College of Medicine Interviews

  • 1:30-4:00 pm - College of Medicine Interview

  • 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

  • 10:30 - 11:30 am - Interview with MSTP faculty (1 or 2) - only 4 faculty interviews total

  • 11:30 am - Regroup at MSTP Office & 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 about 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?