Frequently Asked Questions

How are students funded?
UCI MSTP is funded by the prestigous and competitive NIH-NIGMS grant and the UCI School of Medicine. Students are guaranteed funding for the entirety of their training here at UCI.

What is the time to degree and rate of completion?
The time to degree is 94 months or 7.8 years. The rate of completion is 90%.

What MCAT score and GPA do I need to be a competitive applicant?

Our program does not have a cutoff for MCAT scores and GPA. All our current students have different strengths and cannot be determined by scores alone. Over the past few years, students admitted to the MSTP have had undergraduate grade point averages ranging from 3.6 to 4.0 and MCAT scores ranging from 11 to 14 in all subjects.

How do I apply to the UCI MSTP?
If you would like to apply for the UCI MSTP, you will need to fill out the MD/PhD Combined Program section of the primary AMCAS application. The information provided in your primary AMCAS will be the information used to review your application for the UCI MSTP.

How many interviews do you have?
There are 4 to 5 interview days for MSTP applicants. These days are tailored specifically for MSTP applicants and will include information on graduate programs as well as the medical curriculum. There are typically 8-10 MSTP applicants per interview date.

If I have more questions, who should I contact?
Ms. Joanne Wu is the administration officer of the UCI MSTP. She can provide you with more detailed information on the application process. Program specific questions can be directed to our MSTP director, Dr. Al Goldin. Also, UCI MSTP students are happy to answer your questions (contact information available in "Current Students"). 

Do I have to be a resident of California to apply to UCI MSTP?
No. This program is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, meaning we welcome all qualified applicants. Non-residents are encouraged to apply.

Can international students be admitted to this program?
Unfortunately, we currently do not support international students in our program.