Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of applicants to the Yale MD/PhD Program are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.  Applications from foreign nationals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Yale’s MD/PhD Program participates in the NIH GPP on a limited basis.  Please “click here” for our eligibility requirements.

The Program considers applications from students interested in traditional areas of biomedical research including biomedical engineering and epidemiology and public health. Applications from students interested in non-scientific Ph.D. programs will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants interested in Ph.D. programs in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) are encouraged to contact the program early in the application process. Some of the SSH programs with which we partner ask that applicants provide specific elements of the Ph.D. application as part of the evaluation process, and may ask for GRE scores if available. 

**As of Summer 2017, M.D.-Ph.D. applicants interested in Anthropology are advised that they may be requested to provide a GRE score. Final guidance will be posted on this site by September 15, 2017.

Students who have matriculated at Yale School of Medicine and are interested in applying to the MD/PhD Program should meet with Dr. Barbara Kazmierczak to discuss the internal application process. 

An important consideration for admission to the MD/PhD Program is an adequate research experience. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. It may be necessary to complete a summer (or the equivalent in time) of research in a lab at Yale for an application to be considered.

Applications from current Ph.D. students will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and interested students are strongly encouraged to contact the Director of the M.D./Ph.D. Program as early as possible for guidance on the application process.

All students admitted to Yale’s MD/PhD Program are currently supported for the duration of their studies, contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. This comes primarily from an MSTP Training Grant from the NIGMS. Support for additional years required to complete the MD and PhD degrees is the responsibility of the student’s advisor. For FY 2017, stipend support for the preclinical years is $26,291. During the PhD years through graduation, stipend support is $35,150. Tuition and basic health care coverage are provided by the Program.

Application to the Yale MD/PhD Program is made through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). AMCAS applicants will then be emailed instructions for completing the on-line Yale application. Applicants should also visit the Application Process page.

The deadline for submission of applications to the Yale MD/PhD Program is November 15, 2017.

Yale accepts letters of recommendation sent via AMCAS Letter Service, VirtualEvals, or Interfolio. Letters can also be sent directly to Yale at the following address: Yale School of Medicine, Office of Admissions, 367 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06510.

Electronic submission is the preferred method for sending in letters.

The deadline for submission of letters of recommendation to the Yale MD/PhD Program is November 15, 2017. 

The Application Status page enables applicants to confirm the completeness of their applications. The page gives the dates on which the various components of the application were received and processed by the Admissions Office. Information about interview invitations and final admissions decisions will not appear on this site. For any status updates please log into the AMP application system:

After the Medical School Admissions Office has processed your application, the MD/PhD Faculty Committee will screen your application. A strong research and academic background are essential. We will let you know if you have been selected for interview. For admission in the fall of 2017, interviews will be held from October 2017 through the end of February 2018.  Yale’s MD/PhD Program receives over 400 applications per year. Of those, 100 people will be invited for interview. About 40 offers are made; the Program matriculates approximately 20 new students per year. If you are not invited to interview for the MD/PhD Program, your application will still be considered for admission as a regular medical student.

Final decisions will be made after March 15th. Offers of admission will be made by formal letter. All students are expected to begin the Program in August; the Program does not have rolling admissions.