About the MSP

The Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an MD/PhD program committed to preparing a diverse cadre of academic Physician-Scholars to confront the multi-dimensional problems and issues that face medicine. The MSP has approximately 150 MD/JD and MD/PhD students pursuing graduate study in over 30 academic disciplines, including the behavioral sciences, humanities and physical sciences, as well as the biomedical sciences. With such diverse student perspectives, the MSP provides a unique and electric environment for bright and creative scholars to pursue their passion for combining cutting edge research with individualized high quality clinical training. All of the graduate and medical training is done at the Urbana-Champaign campus. The Medical Scholars Program is jointly sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate College and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.


There have been many changes to the Medical Scholars Program over the years, few more impactful than the recently announced creation of the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Both UI Chicago and Urbana have shown an overwhelming commitment to the history and stature of the Medical Scholars Program and its current students. To that end, the College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign will remain in operation until current MSP students finish their PhD and MD degrees - through the 2021-22 academic year. The Medical Scholars Program will become the MD/PhD program within the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine. Until then, MSP admissions will take a short hiatus, with a new class entering under the Carle-Illinois structure.