Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program

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Admissions FAQs

Find out more about the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program application process.

Q: What makes a competitive applicant?

A: Over the most recent years the accepted MD-PhD students had an average GPA of 3.87 and an average MCAT of 519.90. The range of GPA for the accepted students has been 3.02-4.00 and the range of MCAT is 510-527. 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.


Q: How many letters of recommendation are required?

A: We require four letters: two addressing your potential for a career in medicine and two addressing your potential for a career in science. Your letters should be submitted via AMCAS; your references can submit their letters directly that way. We don’t require that they be submitted as a packet, and we don’t require a committee letter. A combination of individual letters and committee letter is acceptable, though.

Q: If rejected from the MD-Phd Program, can an application be considered for Weill Cornell Medicine’s MD-only program?

A: An application not selected for an interview with the MD-PhD program can still be considered for MD only. The notice of final decision from the MD-PhD program, delivered via AMCAS, provides instructions for how to have an application considered for MD only.

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Q: What are the oldest MCAT scores you accept?

A: Scores should not be older than three years at time of application. For 2019 matriculation, we will consider MCAT scores from September 1, 2015 through September 19, 2018. Your application is not complete until we receive MCAT scores. The latest date you can take the test and still be considered for admission is September of the calendar year in which you are applying, as per Weill Cornell Medical College Admissions Policy. To find more information about WCMC Admissions, please see WCMC Admission FAQs