Find out more about the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program application process.
Q: What makes a competitive applicant?
A: Over the last five years the accepted MD-PhD students had an average GPA of 3.87 and an average MCAT of 37.30. The range of GPA for the accepted students has been 3.32-4.00 and the range of MCAT is 30-42. We recommend an MCAT score in the 90th percentile or higher. We look for applicants who take more than just the required science courses. We want students who consistently challenge themselves. There are no GPA or MCAT requirements.
The research experience and potential to become a future physician-scientist, as described in the personal statement, is the most important part of the MD-PhD application. Students should have a significant amount of research experience – at least one year and 1-2 summers – prior to applying to the MD-PhD Program.
Strong letters of recommendation from faculty who know the student's research experience and potential. We like sentences that read "Ms. Jones is the best student I've had in my 25 years at XXX University".
Publications are NOT required.
Q: Do I have a better chance of getting accepted if I go to an Ivy League School?
A: No. The Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program takes students from all universities as long as they meet our qualifications.
Q: What are my chances of getting accepted into the program?
A: Each year, we receive over 570 applications and interview ~ 75 applicants. Half of all of those who are interviewed receive an offer of acceptance.
Q: What is the application process?
A: Applicants should:
- Complete an AMCAS application.
- Complete the Medical College's Secondary Application (on-line instructions are sent to the applicant once his/her AMCAS application is verified).
- Anticipate an interview on one of our interview days, which are always scheduled on the last Friday in October and the Friday before Thanksgiving. You are encouraged to hold these dates on your calendar until you hear back from us with a final decision. Early applications are STRONGLY encouraged.
Please note: Each year, the application deadline is September 30th.
Q: Do you participate in the NIH- GPP?
A: No. The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program does not participate in the NIH-GPP (Graduate Partnership Program).
Q: Can non-US citizens apply?
A: Yes, and they would get full funding.
Q: Are publications required for admission?
A: No. Publications are not required, but a strong research experience is.