FAQ

Do you require the GRE for admission?

Generally the GRE is not required for most programs, including the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering Epidemiology. However, some nontraditional MD/PhD disciplines may require it. For those students considering areas outside of the aforementioned areas, please contact the MD/PhD Program office regarding the application requirements for these programs.

What are the application requirements?

For the Emory MD/PhD Program,  the equivalent of at least two semesters of research is required.

For general medical school requirements, all applicants must take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Applicants are also required to complete at least 90 semester hours (or 135 quarter hours) of a balanced undergraduate education from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada. Minimum course requirements include physical science, biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, English and humanities. For the complete listing of required hours for each course, please check the Admissions Requirements on the Emory University School of Medicine Admissions website.

What type of research experience do you require?

Successful applicants demonstrate excellence in substantial, independent research projects. Typically, they have engaged in research projects beginning in their sophomore year, or earlier. Long-term research projects (i.e., a minimum of one year) are preferred over multiple short-term experiences; however there is no specific prescription for the type of research or research area that makes an application competitive. Peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals are not required.

Can I be considered for both the MD/PhD and the MD-only program?

Yes, but not at the same time. The programs have independent admissions committees and applications can only be reviewed by one committee at a time. Typically, if you list MD/PhD as an option, you will be reviewed by this committee first. If you are not accepted to the MD/PhD program, you can request that your application be considered by the MD-only program.

Are international students eligible for an MD/PhD award?

International applicants are welcome to apply. The admissions process at Emory School of Medicine is the same for domestic and international students. If an applicant's undergraduate degree is from a college outside the United States, the applicant must complete all science course requirements (and English, if English language skills are not strong) at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college before submitting an application to the Emory School of Medicine. All students admitted to the program receive the same financial support. Please visit the Emory School of Medicine Admissions website for more information.

Does the MD/PhD program accept transfer students?

The Emory University School of Medicine no longer accepts transfer students.

Does the MD/PhD program accept applicants who are already in Emory MD program or graduate program?

Students who are currently enrolled in medical school at Emory are eligible to apply to the MD/PhD Program provided they meet the eligibility requirements. Applications from students already enrolled in doctoral programs in the Graduate School may also be considered, but such applicants should seek advisement from the MD/PhD Program office and their graduate programs prior to application. Applicants that are too far along in their doctoral programs of study will not be considered.

Can I make additions to my application after it has already been verified and received by the MD/PhD Program Office?

Yes, applicants can directly submit application additions to either the School of Medicine Admissions Office or the MD/PhD Program, however additional supplemental material may increase the time it takes for your application to be completely reviewed, especially if it has already entered the review process.

When is the application deadline?

December 1 is the deadline for the Emory Supplemental Application and all application materials (including letters of recommendation). We strongly encourage students to apply earlier, however, as interviews start as early as the end of October.

What is the application timeline?

Review of applications begins in early September and may last through February. During the peak of the interview season it may take as long as 6 weeks for an application to be completely reviewed. Additional time may be added to the review process if an applicant makes additions to his/her application or the committee requests additional information. In-person interviews are conducted between October and February. Students are notified monthly from October to March regarding their standing in the program.

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