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 Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 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 Tuesday, December 31, 2013. 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 Friday, January 31, 2014. 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

The MSP "track record" is that all MD/PhD students who are in good academic standing and are progressing toward completing both degrees have received support. In general students are supported by their graduate program at the "half-time level" during the four to five years thay spend primarily in graduate work. This support is in the form of a teaching assistantship, research assistantship, or fellowship. During the years they spend primarily pursuing medical studies, students are generally supported at the "quarter-time level" (same tuition and fee waiver, one-half the stipend). This is usually int he form of a teaching assistantship or fellowship. There is no commitment to fund MD/JD or MD/MBA students although most do find such support during their medical school training.

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