duke university school of medicine admissions

Application Procedures

AMCAS application to Duke deadline:  OCTOBER 30, 2020, 11:59 pm, EST
Duke MSTP secondary application deadline: NOVEMBER 30, 2020, 11:59 pm, EST

The supplemental application for Duke MSTP and all supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, are due no later than November 30, 11:59 pm EST.

While the final deadline is November 30, 11:59 pm EST, applicants are advised to complete and submit the application as early as possible in order to facilitate review by both the MSTP and School of Medicine admissions committees.

Interview decisions: The MSTP admissions committee will start reviewing application in the middle of August and interview invitations will be sent by early September.

Admission decisions: Duke MSTP will make decisions in December for those applicants who interview between September and December and in late February for all remaining applicants.

Applicants should arrange to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) as early as possible in the year they plan to apply. The test is given at various times throughout the year in numerous locations. Check the schedule on the MCAT web site. MCAT scores dated earlier than four years prior to the year of entry into medical school will not be considered.

Duke is still requiring the MCAT test, however, your application can be reviewed and you can be invited for an interview without your score. If your application was reviewed without an MCAT and a decision was not made, we will re-evaluate your application once your MCAT is submitted. The MCAT test is required for acceptance consideration.
In addition, we will now accept MCAT Scores from as early as 2016.

The first segment of the application is submitted through The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS): Association of American Medical Colleges, Suite 201, 2450 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20037-1131. https://www.aamc.org/ The AMCAS Student Submission Deadline is October 15, 2020.

Duke supplemental application
The Duke portion of the application is completed online. After receiving the verified AMCAS application, Duke University School of Medicine contacts applicants via email to access and establish an account on Duke’s Supplemental Application.

Duke MSTP designation
In the Duke Supplemental Application, applicants have the option to choose MSTP only or MSTP and MD when asked to indicate the program to which they are applying.

If you choose MSTP only, your application will not be considered by the MD Program for consideration, however, you will still be required to interview with the MD program as part of the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) if offered the opportunity.

If you choose MSTP and MD you will be applying to both programs.  Your application will first be reviewed by the MSTP admissions committee. If the MSTP admission committee does not consider your application for the MSTP program, your application will be forwarded to the MD admissions committee for further review.  Choosing both MSTP and MD consideration will not hinder your application in any way.

Letters of recommendation

Duke participates in the AMCAS letter submission system. All letters of recommendation must be submitted through the AMCAS letter service.

Four letters of recommendation are required. Applicants may submit more than four letters, if more are needed to support the application adequately.  If your school submits a committee letter, it applies the four letter rule. In other words, if you have a committee letter, you do not need to submit four letters of recommendation.

We will be interested in comments from recommenders with experience of the applicant’s interpersonal skills. In addition, we are interested in letters from scientists who can comment knowledgeably on the applicant’s research background and potential for success in a research career.