A premier medical-scientist training program in Southern California.

The purpose of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is to train individuals who can understand and contribute to advances in research, and can also apply those advances to the field of medical care. Since our first students entered the program in 1980, the UCI Medical Scientist Training Program has grown and flourished. Today, our students and associated faculty pursue research in fields such as stem cell biology, cancer biochemistry, human brain mapping, among others. 



The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at UC Irvine is a competitive program and well-rounded students who demonstrate a strong interest in research are encouraged to apply. The 2017-2018 cycle interviewed applicants had a mean GPA of 3.85 and an mean MCAT score of 516. Learn more about the admission process here!

Student Life


At the UC Irvine MSTP, we consider wellness and lifestyle to be just as important as academic rigor. With an annual retreat focused on wellness and career development, and plenty of opportunities in Southern California to explore and have fun, we boast some of the happiest MD/PhD students in the nation. We invite you to learn more about student life as an MD/PhD student at UC Irvine!


Upcoming Events

October 18, 2024

12:00 AM MSTP Retreat 2024