DO-PhD Physician Scientist Training Program Admissions
Application & Admissions Process
Prospective DO-PhD Physician Scientist Training Program candidates are sought nationally as well as in-state. From among the prospects who express an interest in the dual-degree program, a group is selected for encouragement and consideration. Qualified students interested in a career as a physician scientist should contact the DO-PhD Physician Scientist Training Program Office as early as possible (email@example.com) preferably the summer or early fall of the application year. DO-PhD applicants need to demonstrate evidence of substantial participation (at least 9 months) in research as an undergraduate or graduate student. Applicants should indicate interest in MSU faculty research by exploring the MSU web sites for research that matches interest and experience.
Submit your medical school application to AACOMAS; fill out the DO-PhD Application FORM (2018-2019) or (2019-2020) and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It it is advisable to submit your medical school application early fall (September/October). All applications are reviewed and qualified candidates will be contacted by the DO-PhD Program Office for an interview. Candidates who are not qualified will be notified by email.
MSUCOM, DO-PhD applicants are also required to submit an application to a graduate program. The deadline for graduate programs at MSU is December 1. It it is advisable to submit the graduate application as early as possible.
Criteria for Candidates is based on:
Over the last five years the GPA for accepted DO-PhD students ranged from 3.5 to 3.9 and the MCAT ranged from 507 to 514 (28 to 38). We look for applicants who display energy, enthusiasm for science, an eagerness and curiosity about research, and love to be challenged.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required but can be helpful in applying to some graduate programs.
1) Evidence of substantial participation in research as an undergraduate or graduate student.
2) Three letters of recommendation from faculty who will attest to the motivation and ability of the student to carry out research.
3) A written statement of career goals.
All MSU DO-PhD students are supported through the entire 7-8 year program with a graduate assistantship stipend paid bi-weekly, and receive significant reduced (~50%) tuition rates. Health insurance is also provided at no cost to the student.
Select students may receive a fellowship to cover some additional tuition costs.
Students enrolled in osteopathic medical colleges in the United States may apply to transfer to MSUCOM and be considered for admission to the DO-PhD Physician Scientist Training Program at MSUCOM after the completion of the first two years of medical education. Applicants must be in good academic standing at the school where they are currently enrolled. (Contact the DO-PhD Physician Scientist Training Program for specific transfer procedures).
Graduate Programs Offered
BioMolecular Science Gateway graduate programs
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Cell & Molecular Biology
Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CSME)
Computer Science & Engineering
Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Other PhD programs at MSU will be considered on an individual basis.
BioMolecular Science Gateway graduate programs include the following departments/programs: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell & Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Physiology, and Pharmacology & Toxicology. The application deadline for all graduate departments and programs is December 1, 2016.
Applications to MSU graduate programs are submitted through the Graduate School on-line application web site.
Transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation should be sent to the graduate department/program office.
These letters must discuss qualifications for the PhD Program and speak about motivation and ability to carry out research. The graduate application also requires a Personal Statement (why the applicant wishes to pursue a graduate degree) and an Academic Statement (a description of one’s research experience). Send all materials to the specific
graduate department or program.
Mentors for the DO-PhD Program are restricted to faculty members who have substantial peer-reviewed extramural research grants. This guarantees that trainees will be associated with mentors who are nationally recognized by their peers for outstanding research.
See list of MSU research mentors.