Admissions Procedure

Update for the 2024-25 Cycle

Dear Case Western Reserve applicants,

In response to the challenges presented to us by the recent pandemic, we shifted our admissions process to virtual interviews.   We continue to interview virtually because we have found that it increases equity in the process.  We pride ourselves with our transparency and open communication in the admissions process.  Below are some things we want you to know about us and our approach to admissions.  

  1. We have far more qualified applicants than can be interviewed. All interviews are now virtual, which offers an opportunity to reach out to more applicants. Given this, we've increased the number of interviewed applicants by 50% when compared to when we conducted in-person interviews.
  2. While we can increase the number of applicants interviewed, we are unable to increase the number of available matriculation slots. Consequently, the most likely outcome of an interview is to place the applicant on the deferral list. We simply don't know likely matriculation numbers and are under a strict numbers crunch. For this reason, we need to be conservative. When candidates are on the deferral list, we'll revisit your application after the entire interview process has been completed — in late February.
  3. A disadvantage to virtual visits is the the loss of the applicant's in-person interaction with current students. Our students are fun, smart, ambitious, funny and have varied hobbies. They're a strength of our program and love to interact with our applicants. With this in mind, during the interview days our applicants will participate in interactive experiences allowing them to get to know our students and have a chance for informal Q&A.
  4. We also regret that our applicants can't see how great a city Cleveland is. Many people don’t realize it, but Cleveland is affordable and fun; a metropolitan atmosphere surrounded by many inviting parks and waterways. World class restaurants are nearby and affordable. The Cavaliers, Browns and Guardians (well the Guardians, anyway) are competitive. Many of our students buy or rent homes or apartments and live within walking distance from the medical school. Again, we'll try to highlight Cleveland in the interview, but nothing replaces a visit. We plan to have an in-person revisit weekend in Spring 2025 to allow accepted students to see for themselves what a great place CWRU is to study. 

Through virtual interviews, our mentors, students and you the applicant, will work together to identify whether the CWRU MSTP will be the best fit. Hopefully, the transparency outlined above is a first step.

How To Apply to the MSTP

  1. Complete the AMCAS application and apply to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Check boxes to indicate interest in MD/PhD study and provide relevant information.
  2. Once the Admissions Department receives your AMCAS application, they will send you an email with a link to the CWRU School of Medicine online secondary application (iApply). Be sure to check the box in the secondary application indicating that you’re applying to the MSTP. If you also wish to be considered for the University Program or College Program, mark the corresponding box as well.
  3. You will need to send the application fee, as specified in the secondary application.
  4. You must submit 3-5 letters of recommendation. The recommendations should come from people sufficiently familiar with you to assess your academic preparation, abilities, and accomplishments. Letters from research advisors are particularly important. All letters of recommendation must be submitted to the AMCAS letters service.
  5. Transcripts need not be submitted at the time of application, but all students who are accepted must have original, official transcripts submitted from all post-secondary schools that they have attended. These transcripts must be submitted at the time of acceptance to finalize admission to the program and are required for matriculation.
  6. MSTP deadlines:
  • The application deadline for completion of the AMCAS application is November 1.
  • Note that the MSTP's deadline for the completion of the secondary application is two weeks earlier than the deadline for the University Program or the College Program: Even if you decide to apply to the other programs in addition to MSTP, you still must complete your application by November 15 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

    Initial Review

    Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed by the MSTP Steering Committee and placed in one of three categories:

    • Invite for an interview. You will receive an e-mail asking you to contact the MSTP office to schedule an interview.
    • Hold For Future Consideration. The Steering Committee may decide to invite you for an interview after it has reviewed more applications.
    • Decline. You are not eligible for our program, or your current application is not competitive with this year's applicant pool. If your application is declined, you will receive a letter telling you so.

    You should feel free to contact the MSTP office with any questions regarding the application process or the status of your application.


    The MSTP interview process takes two days, and includes your School of Medicine (University Program) interview.

    You will interview with members of the MSTP Steering Committee as well as other MSTP mentors whose research focus matches your interests. When we schedule your interview, we'll ask you to look at our mentors list and tell us which faculty you'd like to meet with, and we do our best to include them in your schedule.

    Your interview itinerary also includes School of Medicine information sessions, and two School of Medicine interviews. One interview is with a member of the Admissions Committee, and the other is with a current MSTP student. Both the student and the Admissions Committee member will write an evaluation and make a recommendation to the Admissions Committee. The School of Medicine Admissions Committee will forward its decision, based on input from both the student and faculty interview, to the MSTP Steering Committee.

    The MSTP Steering Committee meets once a month to review interview evaluations and make admission decisions.

    Final Review

    The MSTP Steering Committee meets once a month to make admission decisions. The MSTP utilizes a rolling admissions process and accepts applicants throughout the year. Your application will be placed in one of three categories:

    • Admit
    • Wait list (Qualified for admission, may be admitted if slots become available).
    • Reject

    You will be notified of the committee's decision by e-mail. Admitted applicants must notify the MSTP of their decision by May 1.


    Accepted applicants visit CWRU and Cleveland in a relaxed environment. Our in-person Revisit is a great opportunity to learn more about Case Western Reserve University, the MSTP, and Cleveland.

    Revisit includes events with MSTP faculty and students to learn more about the program, and a neighborhood tour that includes stops at MSTP student homes, to give you a feel for what it will be like to live here.  

    Acceptance Protocols

    Additional information and complete Acceptance Protocols for the CWRU School of Medicine can be found here.