Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the requirements to apply for the M.D./Ph.D. Program?
Applicants must have completed a minimum of 90 credit hours at an approved institution of higher education and have taken the MCAT. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or hold permanent visas. For further information, please see Requirements.
Is the GRE also required?
No, the GRE is not required of M.D./Ph.D. applicants.
What are the minimum GPA and MCAT requirements?
Eligible applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and an MCAT average score of 7.0 or better. Interviews are based on the competitiveness of the applicant pool.
What type of research experience is required?
A minimum of two summers or one year of research experience is required.
Will the letters of recommendation for the College of Medicine suffice for the M.D./Ph.D. application?
Three additional letters of recommendation from faculty, who can attest to your research skills, are required for the M.D./Ph.D. program in addition to the letters of recommendation required of the College of Medicine.
How do I apply?
Go to AMCAS and apply online. You will also need to complete the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's M.D./Ph.D. Program Application and submit $25.00 with this application. In addition to the letters of recommendation required for the College of Medicine, M.D./Ph.D. applicants must also submit three references from faculty who can attest to the research skills
What are the chances for acceptance?
Consideration is based upon research experience, a competitive GPA and MCAT score, letters of reference, tangible attributes such as work experience, volunteerism and leadership, and intangible personal qualities that indicate a likelihood for academic and professional success in research and clinical medicine.
What are the deadlines?
October 1 is the standard AMCAS application deadline and for the OUHSC M.D./Ph.D. Program application.
November 1 is the deadline for the College of Medicine supplemental materials.
Interviews are conducted in the fall and winter prior to matriculation with final decisions made through May 15. These deadlines are also stipulated here.
Candidates should begin the application process one year in advance of the desired matriculation.
Are the deadlines for postmarks or receipt of materials?
The materials must be received by the dates stipulated.
What is the length of study?
The M.D./Ph.D. Program is a eight-year integrated program that begins the summer before matriculation with a 10-week laboratory research. The program format is set forth in Curriculum.
May I complete the program curriculum in sequential, rather than non-sequential, order?
The program is designed to integrate the two courses of study: Medical and graduate. Restructuring the design of the program to accommodate individual preferences is counter-productive to the goals of the program and detrimental to the students' concentrated study. The program format is set forth in Curriculum.
What financial support is available for the M.D./Ph.D. program?
Students accepted and matriculated into the M.D./Ph.D. Program receive an annual stipend and tuition throughout their training. Thanks to Oklahoma City's affordable housing and low cost of living, the stipends are competitive with, and in some cases better than, similar programs in densely populated urban areas.
Are applicants not accepted for the M.D./Ph.D. Program considered for the M.D. Program?
Yes. Both programs consider all applications with the initial consideration given to the request for acceptance into the M.D./Ph.D. Program. It is possible, however, to be accepted to the M.D. program only. Students may concurrently pursue both degrees, participate in the program activities, but not be selected to receive a stipend.
What can be expected of Oklahoma City?
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What can be expected of Tulsa?
Tulsa is located in northeastern Oklahoma and, similar to Oklahoma City, provides affordable housing, a low cost of living, and a variety of cultural, historic, and recreational activities. We encourage you to visit the Tulsa link to learn more about Oklahoma's second largest city.