MSP Admissions

MD/PhD Information

The Medical Scholars Program was founded in 1978 at the world-renowned University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The MSP is committed to preparing a diverse cadre of Physician-Scholars to confront the multi-dimensional problems and issues that face medicine. The complex nature of these problems requires people trained in a broad array of graduate disciplines working together in order to develop innovative solutions. The MSP has over 150 MD/PhD, MD/JD and MD/MBA students pursuing graduate study in over 30 academic disciplines, including the social sciences, humanities, physical sciences, as well as the biomedical sciences. The Medical Scholars Program has the largest cadre of MD/PhD students in the U.S. who are pursuing MD/PhDs in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

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. Students begin their program of study in their graduate departments; MD training is integrated with graduate training in subsequent years. Generally, it takes students an average of 8 years to complete both degrees. Therefore, we also believe that Champaign-Urbana is a wonderful place for a student committed to a dual degree program to live, work, play and even raise a family.


The MD/PhD program is open to students who have completed an accredited bachelor‘s degree and who meet the admission criteria for their graduate program, the College of Medicine and the Medical Scholars Program. This joint degree is available only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Sequencing of Studies

Students enrolled in the MD/PhD program take an average of eight years, including summers, to complete both degrees. The first year of the program is typically spent meeting the requirements of the graduate program.

Admission to the MD/PhD Joint Degree Program


The Medical Scholars Program:

Applicants must submit the official MSP on-line application by Wednesday, December 31, 2014, including three letters of recommendation, official transcripts for all previous undergraduate or graduate study institutions, and a copy of MCAT and GRE (if applicable) scores.

All admissions materials should be sent directly to the MSP at this address:

125 Medical Sciences Building
Attn: Coordinator, The Medical Scholars Program
506 S. Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

The College of Medicine:

Applicants must submit an AMCAS application and designate that the application be sent to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine (School Code #128) by Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Qualified applicants will receive a supplemental application from the College of Medicine, which should be completed and returned directly to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, as instructed, and no later than Saturday, January 31, 2015. MCAT scores, transcripts and three letters of recommendation are required as well.

The Graduate Department(s):

The MSP on-line application will also serve as the application to the graduate department(s) listed within the MSP on-line application to which the applicant would like to apply. The application fee to the graduate department is therefore waived.

Funding Opportunities

MD/PhD students will receive financial support for at least eight years of study in the Medical Scholars Program, as long as they remain in good academic standing. This support will include both a stipend of at least $25,000 per year, provided in the form of a fellowship, research assistantship, and/or teaching assistantship and a full tuition waiver. Some fees will be covered while partial health insurance and other fees remain the responsibility of the student. The financial support will come from the graduate program during the PhD years and from the MSP during the clinical years. All MSP students are expected to apply for an MD/PhD fellowship from the National Institutes of Health during their graduate training. Good academic standing for an MSP student means being in good academic standing in both the graduate program and the College of Medicine, and making satisfactory progress toward both degrees.

Contact Us

We believe in our students and are committed to their success. We encourage you to learn more about our program. If you have questions about the MSP or need additional information, please contact the Medical Scholars Program at (217) 333-8146 or at