Applicants must meet both the Graduate School admissions requirements for PhD candidates and the School of Medicine admissions requirements for MD candidates. No GRE test is required.
In addition to the minimum requirements for acceptance into the Graduate School and into the School of Medicine; advanced course work in science and mathematics as well as prior research experience count heavily in the selection of candidates for the MSTP. The quality of prior research experiences, the individual personal statement of purpose and research interests, and evidence of a passion for research are key components in a successful application.
Most candidates apply for admission to the first year of the program, but each year a few students are admitted after completing the second or third year of Duke University School of Medicine.
Duke MSTP does not take applicants who are already in PhD programs. If interested, applicants can apply to DukeMed once the PhD is close to completion. The third medical school year, which is a research year, can possibly be waived.
Eligibility - International students
Because a significant portion of the program’s funding is provided by a National Institutes of Health training grant, program participants must be United States citizens or official permanent residents of the US.
The MST Program, in collaboration with the School of Medicine, is committed to promoting diversity among its students. The program seeks to recruit students who — by reason of their background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, work, and life experiences — contribute to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the MST Program and Duke School of Medicine. The program encourages applications from students who are Black/African American, American Indian/Native Alaskan, and Hispanic/Latino American, as well as students with disabilities and students from financially or culturally disadvantaged backgrounds.
Students with Disabilities
The Duke MST Program is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals who are disabled In compliance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, as well as applicable state regulations and federal and state privacy laws.
If you believe you may need and qualify for reasonable accommodations, please visit http://www.access.duke.edu for detailed information and procedures. The knowledgeable staff at DMS serve Duke's undergraduate, graduate and professional students, trainees, employees, and faculty as well as the public, in support of Duke University and Duke University Health System efforts to ensure an accessible, hospitable working and learning environment for people with disabilities. Through DMS, Duke ensures consistent processes for requesting accommodations, evaluating needs, and determining appropriate response, and the DSM serves as a clearinghouse for disability-related information, procedures and services available at Duke, in Durham and in North Carolina.