MD Degrees and Specialty Programs

The MD curriculum at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai prepares our students for the opportunities and challenges of practicing medicine and conducting biomedical research in the 21st century. If you are looking to pursue your MD with us or have already completed your MD, we have several degree and specialty programs to offer you.

MD Program

The MD Degree Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai combines the most progressive, technologically advanced, scientifically-based education with the goal of addressing health care needs locally in New York City and around the world. We explicitly blur the traditional distinction between preclinical and clinical years by integrating basic and clinical sciences across courses as well as initiating students into the clinical environment from their first day of school. Learn more about our MD Degree Program.

Each dual degree and specialty program is designed to maximize your learning experience in multiple areas of study and provide you with an entry point to a rich variety of postgraduate career options. To apply, you must fill out applications to both the medical and the graduate school or to the medical school and the specific program you are interested in.

Dual Degree Programs

MD/PhD Program

We educate future physician-scientists in a rigorous integrated Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Our program combines clinical education with next-generation research in a translational environment. Learn more about the MD/PhD Program

MD/MPH Program

We offer four-year and five-year dual degree options in partnership with the Graduate Program in Public Health.

As a four-year dual degree student, you typically complete all coursework and the practicum during your first two years of medical school and then the master's thesis during your last two years. As a five-year dual degree student, you might consider taking a scholarly year before your final year of medical school. Learn more about the MD/MPH Program


Up to five students in each class are accepted to the Patient-Oriented Research Training and Leadership (PORTAL) program. This five-year MD/MSCR dual degree program is highly selective and features strong mentorship. It is designed to encourage career development for medical students aspiring to be a physician-scientist leader. Learn more about the MD/MSCR Portal Program

Specialty Programs

If you are accepted into the program, you will be trained in primary care for underserved populations, via longitudinal clinical experiences, advocacy training, and research opportunities. Learn more about the Primary Care Scholars Program

The Global Health Scholars Program is a five-year, MD/MPH dual degree scholarship program that offers advanced coursework, mentorship, and field experiences to prepare medical students for careers in global health. Accepted applicants to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai can apply in the spring before starting at ISMMS. Learn more about the Global Health Scholars Program

Our Institutional Partnership with the Military allows enlisted men and women, as well as officers, provisional acceptance to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) unencumbered by the traditional science requirements and MCAT. To be considered for admission, applicants must be on full-time active duty within any branch of service and hold a baccalaureate degree recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Candidates admitted into the Program are offered provisional acceptance to ISMMS and then may defer their acceptance to continue their military service and meet all necessary requirements.

Application Requirements:

The application opens in August and the deadline is November 15. Students must apply to ISMMS through the Institutional Partnership application system.

  • The Institutional Partnership application is open to full-time, active duty personnel members of the military
  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. or Canadian accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be considered for admission
  • Three (3) Letters of recommendation, including a letter from a superior (required) and someone you have worked with in a medical capacity during your service who can comment on your passions and skills and interest in pursuing a career in medicine (suggested). Examples of sources includes a Commanding Officer,  Battalion Surgeon, Brigade Surgeon, and/or Physician Assistant  or equivalent
  • Articulate a compelling connection between your military service and a career in medicine or biomedical research
    • Describe your experience(s) in the military (e.g., training, deployments, or medical internships while on active duty) that you believe will bring a unique perspective and value to a medical school class and the profession of medicine.
    • One year (two semesters or equivalent) of college science in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics (AP credits will not be accepted for this requirement). The requirement must be fulfilled within the same science discipline (i.e., a year of college biology, a year of college chemistry, or a year of college physics), and must be completed at a U.S. or Canadian accredited institution. No online courses can be used to fulfill the requirement.   
    • Standardized Testing: SAT or ACT
    • Conferred undergraduate baccalaureate degree and transcripts from all academic institution(s) attended for academic credit  showing all courses, grades, and any degrees received.
    • Resume 

Selected applicants will be invited to interview at the Icahn School of Medicine. These interviews will take place from December through February. Decision notifications are sent out on a rolling basis.

Prior to matriculation:

Prior to matriculation, students will be required to complete the following:

  • One year of Biology*
  • One year of Chemistry*
  • One semester of Physics*
  • One semester of Statistics*
  • One year of Laboratory work in any science*
  • Cannot hold active duty status and cannot be dishonorably discharged** from military service
  • 100 hours of clinical work any time since starting college

In the five weeks prior to matriculation, students who have not had advanced science courses (specifically organic chemistry and biochemistry) will be required to participate in our Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) that will provide them with basic competency in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, and organic chemistry.

*No online courses can be used to fulfill the pre-matriculation requirements

** Exclusion to matriculate: dishonorable discharge

Applicants are not permitted to have taken the MCAT or to take the MCAT during the application process. 

Admitted students will be required to achieve a 'B' in all required courses, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and are not permitted to take the MCAT. 

For additional information on the ISMMS/Military Institutional Partnership, contact the Office of Admissions.