Medical Scientist Training Program

Since the first students entered the UCI MSTP in 1980, the program has grown and flourished. Today, students and associated faculty pursue research in fields such as stem cell biology, cancer biochemistry, epidemiology of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, human brain mapping, orthopedic biomechanics in sports injury, among others. Our associated graduate programs include biomedical engineering. This program trains individuals who can understand and contribute to advances in research and apply their skills to medical care. The combination of clinical training leading to a M.D., together with research training leading to a Ph.D., is a way to educate scientists who can apply laboratory results to the problems of clinical medicine. UCI MSTP prides itself on the invigorating and collaborative experience its students and faculty cultivate. Plus, the beaches of Southern California make a beautiful backdrop for our academic and recreational pursuits.

Dual Degree Offered

M.D. & Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering


Highly qualified students who have an outstanding academic record, substantial research experience and a strong commitment to a career in clinical and translational research will be considered for the UCI MSTP. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both the School of Medicine and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. MCAT scores are required, GRE scores are not. The UCI MSTP strives for diversity. Nonresidents of California are encouraged to apply and are considered equivalently to residents. International students are not eligible. Students who already hold either degree (M.D. or Ph.D.) are not eligible for the joint program. Over the past few years, students admitted to the MSTP have had undergraduate grade point averages ranging from 3.6 to 4.0 and MCAT scores ranging from 11 to 14 in all subjects. All current MSTP students have had substantial research experience as undergraduates or have completed master’s degree programs before entering. As of 2015, the time to degree is 7.8 years and the rate of completion is 90%.

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Graduate Coordinator

Armando Villalpando
(949) 824-8848