Admissions Overview

Who applies to the University of Washington MSTP?

We hope to enroll students in our MSTP who have a love for medicine and for science that will enable them to thrive in 8-or-so years of immersion in both. We search for students who bring outside-the-box thinking, generosity of spirit, and an awesome work ethic to these 8 years.

These qualities may well describe you more than you realize. Please read on.

In our experience, students who most enjoy and are most successful in our MSTP and thereafter are those with prior breadth and depth of research experience, clinical exposure, and community service.

The most meaningful research experiences are generally those of more than a year, in the same lab if possible, leading to new data that answers a question. The process of taking a project from beginning to end, of experiencing experimental success and failure, and of putting results into a coherent story for eventual publication, provide a very good sense of whether a life in science is the right one.

Similarly, prior meaningful experiences with patients and in one’s community provide a very good sense of whether a life in medicine is the right one.

In your essays, please tell us these experiences. We want you to flourish in both science and medicine and to serve as a bridge between the two.

MCAT scores are not required for 2020 applications to the UW MSTP. As you’ve read elsewhere on this site, the consequences of the COVID-19 quarantine have enabled us to make MCATs optional this year. That is, we will accept and evaluate applications without MCAT scores. If you have not yet taken the MCAT, please apply to our program anyway. If you have an MCAT score or pending MCAT score, it will be reported automatically to us. We will consider your application both with the score and without it.

We welcome the chance for MCAT-free applications, because in our view, MCATs exacerbate educational inequities, can depend on unequal access to prep resources, and drain time from more important work, like research and community service. MCATs measure the ability to retain a massive amount of information and repeat it back in one day on a standardized test. These skills do not predict excellence in medicine or science. Students with MCAT scores over a wide range succeed in medical school and become outstanding physician-scientists.

We look forward to your application.

Important Dates

MSTP Preliminary Application Opens: July 13, 2020

AMCAS Submission Deadline: October 15, 2020

MSTP Completed Application Deadline: December 30, 2020

Interview weekends:

  1. January 7-9, 2021
  2. January 28-30, 2021
  3. February 11-13, 2021
  4. February 25-27, 2021

We are unable to accommodate interviews at other times.

Second Visit Weekend: April 22-24, 2021