Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)


So you have checked out the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein), and you are interested in applying. We are happy to hear that!

MSTP applicants are expected to have a strong background in science and extensive laboratory or clinical research experience. Over the past four years, the matriculating students have had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.73 with a range of GPAs from 2.88 to 4.0. The average total MCAT score for matriculating students over the past four years has been 513.5 with a range from 499 to 523. As you can see from the range of GPAs and MCAT scores, we evaluate applicants holistically. We do not use numerical cutoffs in the screening process. Each application will be reviewed by a member of the Admissions Committee in its entirety to make decisions regarding whom to interview.

Applicants with undergraduate majors in biological and physical sciences, computer science, mathematics or engineering are encouraged to apply. All applicants should have completed, or will complete by the time of matriculation, the normal prerequisites for admission to the medical school. In addition, MSTP applicants will have completed advanced coursework in the sciences and mathematics through calculus. If you are interested in applying, go to the Einstein MSTP Application.



The Einstein MSTP seeks to recruit a diverse group of outstanding students. We welcome applications from individuals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research. Currently 30% of Einstein MSTP students are from underrepresented groups. Information is available about the activities and resources of the Einstein Office of Diversity Enhancement. Additional information about Diversity@Einstein is available on the College website. Einstein has a longstanding commitment to social justice. In his 1951 letter agreeing to allow the newly formed College to be named in his honor, Professor Albert Einstein stated, " will welcome students of all creeds and races." The recently completed Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for Excellence emphasizes the continued importance that the College places on diversity and inclusion.



Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. College facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities. The College and the MSTP will make reasonable accommodations to ensure that all students can fulfill their full potential. The medical school website provides information regarding resources and accommodations. Confidential inquiries about accommodations can be made to Dr. Michelle Blackmore, Director of the Office of Academic Support and Counseling. Information about technical standards established by the Licensing Committee on Medical Education is available online. Several current MSTP students have disabilities, both apparent and non-apparent, and are flourishing in the program. The recently completed Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for Excellence emphasizes the College's commitment to inclusion and diversity.


International Students

The Einstein MSTP only accepts applications from individuals who are US citizens, or people with permanent residence or DACA status. Applicants who are international students are NOT eligible to apply.


All application materials must be received by December 1. AMCAS application must be submitted by November 1 and transcripts must be submitted to AMCAS by November 15. Be sure to comply with all application deadlines. Early submission and completion of your application is recommended because we have a rolling admissions process.

Applicants whose training and performance qualify them for further consideration are invited to visit Einstein for an interview. If you are coming for an interview, or want to see Einstein for yourself, click here for information on traveling to Einstein.

Although most MSTP applicants enter the MSTP program directly as first year students, we also have the Alternate Pathway. First and second year Einstein MD and PhD students who are interested in the MSTP may apply for admission to the program. Each year we receive several Alternate Pathway Program applications and students are admitted to the MSTP via this route.

Please feel free to e-mail us at with any questions!

Criminal Background Check: The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recommends that all applicants accepted be required to undergo a criminal background check. In the acceptance email you will receive information regarding authorization of the criminal background check. Click here for further information on the criminal background check.

Urine Drug Testing: Please be aware that all students matriculating into the Einstein MSTP will be subjected to a urine drug test at or shortly before Orientation. Failing the drug test may result in dismissal from the MSTP.

Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination: All College decisions with regard to faculty, staff and students are based on equitable and equally applied standards of excellence. Diversity enhancement procedures have been established, both as a legal obligation under applicable law and as a visible and formal expression of institutional policy. This policy is designed to insure that recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, and all other personnel actions take place and all programs involving students, both academic and non-academic, are administered without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran or disabled veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or citizenship status as those terms are used in the law. Reasonable accommodations will be made for applicants with disabilities but they must be able to meet the Technical Standards established by the Licensing Committee on Medical Education