Eligibility and Requirements

UACOM-T Admissions

  • Students should apply through the AMCAS website and complete all application materials for the University of Arizona College of Medicine (Please see the UACOM-T Admissions page for more information). 

  • Additional application materials specific to the MSTP program will be available when students indicate interest in applying for the MD/PhD program.  You must select that you are interested in the MD/PhD Program on your AMCAS in order to receive the additional application materials. 

Requirements specific to the MSTP program:

  • Entry to the MSTP Program is decided by the MD/PhD Admissions Committee.  Both in-state and out-of-state applicants will be considered as well as applicants with a permanent resident visa status. International students are not eligible for admission to the Program at this time.

  • Students must complete requirements for a Bachelor’s degree at an accredited academic institution prior to matriculation as well as meet all admission requirements for the University of Arizona, College of Medicine

  • All applicants to the MD/PhD Program are expected to have outstanding undergraduate grades and high scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

  • Letters of Recommendation - Applicants to the College of Medicine – Tucson are required to obtain letters supporting their candidacy for admission. Three letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be from a clinical setting (clinical letter from a person who has seen you interact with patients, family members, and other staff members (i.e. MD, volunteer coordinator, RN, Nurse practitioner or other healthcare provider). Overall, letters should be from individuals with whom applicants are well-acquainted. The Admissions Committee is looking for accurate, in-depth evaluations of qualities suitable for medical school. These qualities include motivation to attend medical school, maturity, character, and commitment to the practice of medicine. Letters from family and friends are not recommended.

  • Additionally, a minimum of one year in research experience is required.  The goal of the program is to train the next generation of academic physician scientists.  Therefore, an important factor in selecting MD/PhD applicants is evidence of a passion for research supported by substantial research experiences that have provided opportunities for independent and critical scientific thinking.  Publications and/or presentations at national meetings are encouraged but not required. Successful applicants will be those who recognize and are capable of meeting the demands and responsibilities of a MD/PhD program, which is at a minimum seven years in duration.

  • For the 2023-24 application cycle the earliest MCAT we will accept is January 2021.