FAQs

Interested in applying to Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s MD/PhD program? Here’s what you need to know.

We receive some 400 applications every year, and interview 80-100 of those students. The matriculating MD/PhD class typically comprises 12 students.

No, enrollment in a formal pre-med program is not needed to apply. However, you must fulfill the following requirements, or have a plan to do so before matriculating. Our minimum requirements include one year of each of the following undergraduate courses:

  • Biology with a laboratory component
  • English
  • Inorganic chemistry with a laboratory component
  • Mathematics
  • Organic chemistry with a laboratory component
  • Physics

Courses in statistics or computer science may fulfill the mathematics requirement. You may also use biochemistry courses to fulfill the organic chemistry requirement. Prospective students should also demonstrate strong research interest and experience.

All applicants are expected to have substantial research experience; this is the single most important criterion for eligibility to our Program

Our program has many special features, including:

  • Multidisciplinary training areas that foster sensitivity to the interfaces between basic science research and clinical/translational applications
  • Access to cutting-edge research technology in bioinformatics, genomics, and computational biology
  • Flexibility in path through the program:
    • PhD phase may be inserted anywhere in the MD sequence, pending Director’s approval 
    • Flexibility in restart date for MD3 up to October 1 (potential to add tail end to PhD and still graduate on time)
  • Highly individualized opportunities, as well as collaboration opportunities among MD/PhD students
  • A vibrant, growing faculty in a major urban medical center, whose diverse clinical settings and large patient base enhance the opportunities for learning and research

If you are offered a position in the entering class, you will also be offered a fellowship package, which consists of direct reimbursement (for the 2017-2018 academic year, direct reimbursement was $36,000), the full cost of tuition, and a comprehensive medical insurance package. A competitive travel fund is also available. With satisfactory performance, you will continue to receive financial support until you receive your terminal degree.

Please visit our admissions page for more information regarding the admissions timeline and application requirements.

Yes, your application may be considered for the MD program. However, you must notify the MD/PhD Director that you’d still like to be considered.

Yes, but preference will be given to applicants who will join the program during the first year of MD/PhD training.

You should only apply to the MSTP if you are committed to a career in biomedical research. This commitment should be based, in part, on your previous sustained and productive research experience as an undergraduate. If you're not sure, consider working full-time in a laboratory after undergraduate school before deciding whether an MSTP is right for you. Alternatively, you can start as a "straight MD" student, and participate in a research project during your second or third year. You can then apply to the MSTP as an internal applicant.