MSTP FAQs

What factors are considered in reviewing applications?

An applicant's complete record is reviewed. MCAT scores, GPA, letters of evaluation and research record are extremely important.

What laboratories are open to MSTP trainees?
The laboratories of all Sackler Basic Science Division Faculty accept MSTP trainees.  A complete list of the faculty by graduate program can be found here.
How many students are admitted each year?

Five students (about 2% of applicants) are typically admitted each year.

How does the admissions process work?

An admissions committee reviews all applicants and selects candidates for interview. This group reviews interview evaluations along with data submitted in each application and selects candidates for admission.

Can I apply if I am already enrolled at Tufts Medical School?
The Second Portal Program allows qualified students to apply to the program for admission after the first two years of medical school. More information on Second Portal Admissions can be found here.
How soon after my interview will a decision be made?

Admission is a rolling process. The first candidates are usually admitted in December. The admissions process is usually completed in May.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Tufts MD-PhD program accepts only United States citizens and US permanent residents.

Funding from NIH can only be used to support citizens or permanent residents of the United States. International applicants are also not qualified for the traditional loan programs that support citizens and permanent residents.

What tests are required?

All applicants must complete the MCAT. GRE scores are not required and cannot be substituted for the MCAT.

When is the application deadline?
Applications for the MSTP are first received by the Tufts Medical School Admissions Office.  The schedule used for medical school admission is also used by the MSTP .
Are applicants who are not accepted by the MSTP considered for MD admissions?

Applicants who are not accepted by the MSTP program are considered for admission to Tufts Medical School. Applicants may be able to arrange a medical school interview that coincides with their MSTP interview visit.

What kind of financial aid is provided?
All MSTP students receive tuition remission throughout their education, a stipend and health insurance benefit. The stipend level is set by the Sackler School for all years of the program. More information about financial aid for MSTP students can be found here.
Does funding come from NIH or from the school?

Most students are funded by the MSTP grant from NIH at some points in the education. Additional funding is provided by the school. The source of funding does not affect the level of support.

Is health insurance provided?

Complete individual health coverage through enrollment in an HMO is funded by the program for all years.

What sort of housing is available?

Most students rent apartments in communities throughout the Boston area. Transportation to the campus is facilitated by convenient subway and bus service. Parking near the campus is also available for $5.50 per day.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The time required depends on the individual. The average MSTP student takes 7 to 8 years to complete the program.

Are the MD and PhD portions integrated?
Tufts MSTP integrates research and medical training throughout the program.  A graphic representation that illustrates the way studies are integrated can be found here.
What hospitals are affiliated with Tufts Medical School?

Our major academic clinical affiliates are Tufts Medical Center, Bay State Medical Center, Caritas St Elizabeth's Hospital, Faulkner Hospital, the Lahey Clinic, Maine Medical Center, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

What fields of study are available for PhD research?
Students may select any of the five Basic Science Division PhD Programs: Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Molecular Microbiology, and Neuroscience.

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