Admissions Process


Admission to the MSTP is currently a two-step process. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents and should meet the application requirements of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Applicants first apply for admission into the UAB MSTP, which participates in the American Medical College Application Services (AMCAS) program. Applicants submit their application using the AMCAS web application. All applications undergo initial review by the MSTP directors. Applicants with suitable credentials will be asked to fill out the UAB MSTP secondary application and to submit their letters of recommendation.

There is no fee required to complete the MSTP secondary application and applicants are not required to complete the School of Medicine Secondary Application unless invited to interview with the MSTP. These additional materials are reviewed and 40 applicants are invited to Birmingham for interviews with selected faculty members, including members of the MSTP Advisory Committee, who serve as the admissions committee for the program. Again, only applicants invited for interview will be required to submit the UASOM secondary application, as well as the $75 application fee.


If you are selected for an interview, your travel and hotel expenses will be provided for by the MSTP.  Reservations will be made for you and a free shuttle will be provided to and from the airport.

Interviews are conducted over a two-day period, either Wednesday/Thursday or Thursday/Friday.

On Thursday morning, the medical school holds interviews. On Wednesday or Friday morning, you will give a short 10-minute “chalk” talk about your research to four members of the MSTP Advisory Committee.  Following this presentation, members of the MSTP Advisory Committee will interview you.

Interspersed across the two-day period are discussions with research faculty of your choosing. If you do not have any preferences we will choose faculty that intertwine with your research background or those that represent a good cross-section of the research at UAB.

2013-2014 Interview Season
First Visit Interview Dates

December 04-05, 2013
December 05-06, 2013
December 11-12, 2013
December 12-13, 2013

January  08-09, 2014
January  09-10, 2014
January  15-16, 2014
January  16-17, 2014

Second Visit Interview Dates

March 6-8, 2014

Throughout your interviews, the program coordinator or a current MSTP student will escort you. In addition, you will have 2 lunches and a dinner with different MSTP students. This will give you ample time to learn about the students, the program, and Birmingham while eating at some of Birmingham’s finest restaurants. Both the applicants and students thoroughly enjoy the leisurely discussions and good food.

Our interview process is relatively low stress and should give you a good feel for the strengths of the school of medicine, the research faculty, and the academic departments as well as for the cultural and social opportunities in Birmingham.

Selection Process

The MSTP Advisory Committee meets in mid-February to review all applicants that interviewed for the program. At that time, the committee selects the first group of candidates to be offered admission to the program.

Once applicants have been notified about their acceptance into the program, they will be invited back for an optional second visit March 6-8, 2014.

The second-visit program is similar to the first, although much more emphasis is placed on the specific research interests of the applicant. During the second visit the MSTP invites the Deans of the School of Medicine and Graduate School along with various Department Chairs to a group lunch. Applicants will also have the opportunity to see various housing options and neighborhoods in the Birmingham area.

2013 Entering Class

Admissions Statistics

Number of Applicants 277
States Represented 40 + DC
Interview Applicants 42
Number Matriculated 7
Average MCAT of Interviewed Applicants 33
Average GPA of Interviewed Applicants 3.81

Recruitment Process Diagram and AAMC Timelines for Admissions

AAMC Timeline for MD and MD-PhD Admissions


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