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Admissions Process

How to Apply

Applicants to the MD/PhD Program should apply directly to Emory University School of Medicine through AMCAS. The AMCAS application can be submitted between June 1st and October 15th, though applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early, preferably in the summer. Application packets may be obtained either from the health care professions advisor or the appropriate office at the applicant's school, or from:

Upon receipt of the AMCAS application, an Emory Supplemental Application Form, including an application to the MD/PhD Program, will be e-mailed to each applicant. For additional information, feel free to Email the program!

MD/PhD applicants are required to submit their Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores in accordance with the admissions policies of the School of Medicine. Generally, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for most programs as the MCAT exam is seen as adequate, however, some non-traditional MD/PhD disciplines may require it.

Applications from international students are accepted. If interviewed and accepted, international students receive the same scholarship package as domestic students, a competitive stipend, and tuition waiver.

Application Review, Interviews, and Admissions Decisions

After applications are received by the Medical School Admissions Office, those marked MD/PhD are then sent to the MD/PhD Program Office for review. All MD/PhD applications are reviewed in their entirety by a team of reviewers. Those deemed most suitable are subsequently selected for interview. Applicants selected for interview are notified by email. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Program for information regarding the status of their applications. Interviews for the MD/PhD Program are typically held on four two-day sessions during the medical school interview season.

The 2019-2020 MD/PhD interview dates are:

          Thursday and Friday:   November 7-8, 2019

          Thursday and Friday:    January 24 - 24, 2020

          Monday and Tuesday:    February 17 - 18, 2020 

Applicants selected to interview attend a two-day session which include both medical school and graduate school interviews. Interviewing applicants can expect to have 6-8 one-on-one interviews over the two-day period. The interview visit also includes multiple informal occasions to meet current students and training program faculty. Applicants are hosted by current students, and all meals are provided during the interview days. No financial assistance is available for travel to Atlanta.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. After interviewing, applicants will be notified of the decisions within four to six weeks. Again, communications are generally conducted via email. Accepted applicants will also receive an official letter from the MD/PhD Program and an acceptance packet from the Emory School of Medicine Admissions Office with all the necessary materials for matriculation to the medical school. All applicants are encouraged to contact the MD/PhD Program Office to follow-up on the status of their applications or express their continued interest in Emory MD/PhD Program.

Accepted applicants have the chance to visit Emory a second time during the Revisit Program, (dates to be announced). Student hosting and meals are again provided for this visit. In addition, for the Revisit Program, travel expenses are reimbursed by Emory University. The Revisit Program is a great way to review the Program a second time, meet potential classmates, make housing and roommate arrangements, and/or arrange a summer rotation.


The deadline for making a final decision on matriculation is May 1st. The decision to accept an offer of admission must be communicated to both the School of Medicine through a form included in the acceptance packet and a separate written statement of intent to the MD/PhD Program Office, which may be emailed. Applicants who decide to matriculate at Emory are encouraged to participate in a research rotation that summer. This option rotation has been a great way to integrate into the Emory and Atlanta communities without the stresses of the academic year.

The typical length of time for such a rotation is approximately 6 weeks, and must be started in early June. The decision on a rotation lab should be made in consultation with one of the MD/PhD Program Directors and the Director of Graduate Studies of the student’s proposed graduate training program. The MD/PhD Program must be made aware of the student’s decision to perform a research rotation by the end of May. Students participating in a summer research rotation are paid starting on the first official day of their lab rotation. The official start date for students not completing a summer research rotation is the first day of M1 Orientation, which is typically the last Monday in July. All students are paid on a monthly basis on the last working day of each month.

The MD/PhD Annual Retreat is required for all students, including the rising first year class, and is a great forum in which to welcome new students. This two-day event is filled with a special welcome to the new students, oral and poster presentations by current students, a keynote speaker(s), workshops, and a forum to discuss program curriculum and program activities. The MD/PhD Annual Retreat is generally held after the start of M1 Orientation.


Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, education programs, or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran's status and prohibits such discrimination by its students, faculty, and staff. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in university programs and in use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University also complies with all applicable federal and Georgia statutes and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination. All members of the student body, faculty, and staff are expected to assist in making this policy valid in fact. Any inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Office of Equal Opportunity Programs.