Timeline and Interview Schedule

Applicants to the MD/PhD Program apply through the regular UMass Medical School of Medicine process. MD/PhD interviews take place on Thursdays and Fridays during late fall and early winter.

Important Dates

AMCAS Filing

Early May - October 15, 2015

Supplemental Application Deadline

December 1, 2015

Letters of Recommendation

December 1, 2015

MD/PhD Interview Dates

October 29-30, 2015
November 12-13, 2015
January 7-8, 2016
January 14-15, 2016
February 11-12, 2016 (snow date)

Acceptance Notification

October 15, 2015 - April 30, 2016

UMass MD/PhD Program invites approximately 50 candidates to campus for interviews. If you are selected, you will be contacted via email and asked to select from several dates for your interview day. Formal interviews have a two-day schedule.  Multiple mini interviews will be held by the School of Medicine on Thursday afternoon between 11:00am-4:00pm.  Graduate School of Biomedical Science research interviews will be held on Friday between 9:00am-4:00pm. 

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences does not provide travel funds for interviews. Lodging will be provided for applicants for Thursday and Friday nights.

Thursday each applicant will complete interviews with tevening there will be a light dinner with a small group of graduate school faculty and the MD/PhD admissions committee on Thursday evening. Friday, your interview day will begin with a morning meeting with the Program Directors to talk about the structure and unique aspects of the UMass program. During the day you will have formal interviews with research faculty, and a committee interview. Lunch will be provided as part of an orientation, followed by a tour of the medical school facility. At the end of the day you will return to the hotel for a short break after which a shuttle will pick you up and transport you to a local restaurant.

Several current MD/PhD students, both medical and graduate, meet with the candidates at the end of the interview day for an informal dinner off campus. It provides a relaxed opportunity to meet you and answer questions about MD/PhD Program at UMass.

When offered an interview, we request that you send us a short list of research faculty you are interested in meeting and every effort will be made to accommodate those requests. You should use these meetings to learn about our faculty and potential research opportunities. You can familiarize yourself with faculty research interests through the graduate school website at http://www.umassmed.edu/bbs/about/faculty.aspx

Typical Interview Schedule




6:00 pm

Light dinner with small group of graduate school faculty


8:00 am – 9:15 am

Program overview with Program Directors

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Faculty Interviews (2)

11:30 am - 11:45

Admissions Committee

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Lunch / Medical School Overview and tour

2:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Faculty Interviews (2)

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dinner out with current MD/PhD students

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