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MD/PhD Program Admissions

At NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Vilcek Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, we are looking for MD/PhD candidates who are motivated both by an intense curiosity about the mechanisms behind human health and disease and by a need to explore biomedical problems from new perspectives. Such qualities combine to empower physician–scientists to translate research findings into groundbreaking healthcare.

We seek applicants who are eager to take on a challenging dual-degree training program. In return, we provide candidates with opportunities to work closely with our training faculty and access to state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories—all in the heart of Manhattan.

The MD/PhD is a rigorous and rewarding career path for the right candidates. If you have questions about whether an MD/PhD program is right for you, we recommend Science’s article on MD/PhD training and career options. You can also email us at with any questions.

Important Application Dates

Keep in mind the following 2021 dates for the upcoming application cycle.

  • May 3: American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) application opens (see details for the 2021 AMCAS® application cycle)
  • May 27: AMCAS® application open for submission
  • June 25: initial application data transmitted to NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s MD/PhD program
  • October 5: NYU Grossman School of Medicine deadline for MD/PhD AMCAS® applications
  • October 15: NYU Grossman School of Medicine deadline for MD/PhD secondary application materials

MD/PhD Program Admissions Timeline

There are four steps to submitting a complete MD/PhD application.

Step One: Online Application

Submit your application online to AMCAS®. The application opens on May 3, and applicants can submit starting May 27.

All AMCAS® application materials must be submitted by October 5 for consideration for NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s MD/PhD program. We encourage applicants to submit earlier; it can take AMCAS® up to eight weeks to verify your materials before we invite you to complete the secondary application. We typically begin to evaluate MD/PhD applications in August and contact selected applicants for interviews on a rolling basis.

Step Two: Recommendation Letters

Recommendation letters reflect your potential as a physician–scientist as judged by your college professors, instructors, premedical committees, or other comparable college bodies. We expect all of your research mentors to write and submit letters directly to AMCAS® by the October 5 deadline. These letters can be taken from a composite letter from your undergraduate institution, as long as they are separate and not a group of short paragraphs from various mentors. There is no limit to the number of recommendation letters you can submit.

Letters sent directly to NYU Grossman School of Medicine or our offices are not reviewed.

Step Three: Secondary Application

In the secondary application, skip the section prompting you to select the dual-degree program to which you are applying; this question refers to MD/master’s degree applicants. As noted in the upper part of the secondary application, we are aware that you are applying to the combined MD/PhD program.

You are notified if items are missing from your application and when your application is complete and under review.

The deadline for the secondary application for our MD/PhD program is October 15.

Step Four: Interviews

If you are selected for an interview, you are asked to upload a passport photograph of yourself, in JPEG format, to the AMCAS® system.

Interviews for the incoming class of 2022 will be conducted virtually.

MD/PhD Program Admissions Decisions

We notify applicants of offers of admission as soon as decisions are made, usually beginning in late November. You have until April 30 to decide whether to accept.

We invite all accepted applicants to our Revisit Day, where you can meet with more faculty and students as you make your decision to matriculate.

MD/PhD Program Applicant Eligibility

Applicants to our MD/PhD program must meet NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s admissions requirements, including the technical standards necessary to complete the program. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a strong background in scientific research and excellence in college coursework.

We evaluate each applicant holistically, taking into account such factors as engagement in undergraduate research, previous academic achievement, Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) scores, personal essays, letters of recommendation, and interviews. Applicants not invited for an interview are not considered for the MD program.

There is no age limit for applicants to our program, though most candidates are recent college graduates.

International Applicants

NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Medical Scientist Training Program, which oversees the MD/PhD program, is funded in part by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health. Accordingly, applicants must be citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States.

Diversity and Inclusion

We foster an environment of diversity and inclusion by bringing together people with varied interests and backgrounds who are united in a passion for the biomedical sciences. We welcome all applicants, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, or disability, among other aspects of diversity.

Students with Disabilities

We are committed to providing equal educational opportunities to all students and hospitable working and learning environments to qualified students with disabilities. We welcome and encourage prospective students with disabilities to apply if they meet the technical standards necessary to complete the program.

It is our policy, in accordance with Title VI of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, ADA Amendments Act of 2008, as well as applicable state regulations and federal and state privacy laws, to desist from discriminating on the basis of gender, race, skin color, disability, or sexual orientation in any educational program or activity.

Contact Us

If you have questions about our MD/PhD program’s admission process that are not answered here, please contact us at or 212-263-5648.