University of Colorado Denver

Graduate School

Medical Scientist Training Program


Academic Office 1, L15-1503

12631 E. 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Dual MD/PhD

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is an eight-year program for highly motivated students interested in a career in academic medicine. The successful student receives both the MD and PhD degrees at the completion of this curriculum.

During the first two years, students take a combined medical and graduate student basic science curriculum designed to provide the scientific basis necessary to both biomedical research and medical practice. They also rotate through at least two research laboratories to obtain substantive research experience prior to the choice of a laboratory for thesis work. During the subsequent two to four years, the students enter a graduate program in one of the basic science departments, fulfilling the requirements for the PhD including successful defense of a dissertation and publication of at least one major paper in a peer-reviewed journal. In the last portion of the program, the students return to the medical school curriculum to finish their clinical training and receive their medical degree.


  • Full funding, including a stipend, tuition and fees for the entire period of study
  • Residents of all 50 states are eligible to apply
  • Interdepartmental and collaborative, including programs at CU Boulder
  • Highly accomplished training faculty


MSTP students have the flexibility to choose one of the thesis advisor's Program affiliations, either departmental or interdisciplinary, in which to complete the PhD thesis requirements: Bioengineering; Cancer Biology; Chemical and Biological Engineering (CU Boulder); Chemistry and Biochemistry (CU Boulder); Cell Biology, Stem Cells, and Development (CU Boulder); Computational Bioscience; Human Medical Genetics; Immunology; Integrated Physiology; Microbiology; Molecular Biology; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology; Neuroscience; Pharmacology; Structural Biology and Biochemistry.

Annual Program Events: Annual MD/PhD National Student Conference, Weekly Student Seminars, Departmental Retreats and Events

Financial Support: Students receive full support that includes all tuition and fees, health and dental insurance, and a $31,000 annual stipend.

Applications: The deadline for submission of a complete MSTP application via AMCAS is November 1. This includes: AMCAS Application (deadline October 15), letters of recommendation, and School of Medicine Secondary Application and fee. See program website for details.

Career paths of graduates: Recent graduates have gone onto residency at institutions such as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, ​University of North Carolina Children's Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, University of Minnesota, University​ of California, San Francisco, Texas Children's Hospital, and Yale.  

Why CU Anschutz? Located in Aurora, Colorado, the Anschutz Medical Campus is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region. With six graduate and health professional schools, multiple clinical centers and institutes including an NIH-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, two nationally-ranked teaching hospitals, and a VA hospital, CU Anschutz is engaged in clinical care, research, education, and service. Together, clinicians, graduate students, and research faculty contribute to a large and vibrant cancer research community that is poised to address present and future challenges.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


The University of Colorado Denver is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

International Student Requirements:

Due to being funding by the National Institutes of Health, our program must meet their eligibility requirements. Applicants should be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

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