Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada at the time of application. Foreign nationals, regardless of visa status, are currently ineligible for admission to the Mayo Clinic Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

Undergraduate degree

All applicants must obtain a bachelor's degree or Pharm D. degree, preferably in the biological or physical sciences, from an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada prior to matriculation for admissions consideration. Certification of the degree is required. A higher degree cannot be substituted for this requirement, and no exceptions are made.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Applicants must have a current MCAT exam (within three years of matriculation). Applications are not reviewed until the most recent MCAT scores have been received by the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).

Course requirements

All applicants must have these prerequisite courses completed by June 15 of the planned matriculation year:

  • One year of biology and/or zoology (with one year of lab)
  • One year of inorganic chemistry (with one year of lab)
  • One year of organic chemistry (with one year of lab)
  • One year of physics (with one year of lab)
  • One biochemistry course
  • One year of calculus

All required coursework must be completed for a letter grade. Pass/fail or credit/no credit courses will not be accepted.

Additional course work in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and physiology is encouraged.

Applicants for the Biomedical Engineering and Physiology Program are encouraged to have courses in quantitative science and engineering, such as signal processing, computer science and instrumentation.

May 02, 2018