Program Admissions


  • Completed applications for the M.D./Ph.D. Program must be received by November 1.


  • Application to the Wayne State University School of Medicine via the American Medical College Application Service
  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores.
  • A written statement describing your demonstrated interest in both basic research and clinical medicine, as well as interest in our program.
  • Three letters of recommendation to the program, focusing on your dual research and clinical interests when possible.
  • Accepted students can pursue research for PhD in any graduate program in any of the schools/colleges at Wayne State University.


Interviews for the program with M.D./Ph.D. Program faculty will be scheduled to coincide with interviews for medical school admission. Typically interviews are scheduled on Mondays. On a Monday morning, candidates meet as a group with the medical school admissions and go through the M.D. interview process. The candidates are then interviewed separately for the M.D. program and for the M.D./Ph.D. program by members of the interview panels. Each candidate will be interviewed by two or more faculty members. Candidates tour the medical school and the research facilities. In addition, candidates are offered the opportunity to meet with appropriate faculty and current M.D./Ph.D. students during their visit.


There is no additional fee for application to this program.


Applicants will be notified of the decision of the program faculty as soon as possible. Admission to the School of Medicine will not be affected by the decision of the M.D./Ph.D. Program faculty.


Financial Aid

A main source for medical education support is the Office of Student Financial Aid. The office provides access to financial resources, and informs and educates students and their families about their financial options.

Medical Education

During the pre-clinical years, students receive a financial package of approximately $73,000. This includes an annual stipend of up to $30,000, full tuition scholarship, and up to $5,000 for health insurance if required. 

Graduate Education

During the graduate research training years, students continue to receive full tuition scholarship, and also receive subsidized health and dental insurance, as well as a graduate stipend of up to $30,000 each year. 



What makes a competitive applicant? In recent years accepted MD/PhD students have had an average GPA of 3.62 and an average MCAT of 510.  The range of GPA for accepted students has been 3.4-3.9.  The range of MCAT of accepted students has been 504-516. 

Is the GRE required? No it is not. 

How many students are accepted to the program? Up to six students are accepted to the program each year.

Are International students eligible and do they receive the same financial aid package as U.S. citizens? You must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident to be eligible. International students are not eligible for this program.

Are Canadian citizens eligible? No.

Is there someone I can contact? Can I take a tour of campus and meet other current students? Please contact the Graduate Programs Office at 313-577-6872 to make an appointment.

If not accepted to the combined program does that mean I will not be accepted to the medical school? No! You may still be considered for normal Medical School Admission.

Does retaking classes hinder me as an applicant in any way? No, it will not hinder your application.

How long is the entire program? Seven to eight years is the average length of the entire program.

What is the extent of research experience needed? Research experience is very important in the evaluation of your application.

Do you have to apply to a specific graduate program? Yes. Once you pass Step 1 and choose a Graduate Program, you will need to fill out a Graduate Admissions application and submit your official transcripts.