Joint MD/PhD Degree-Seeking Program

Also known as the Physician Scientist Graduate Training Program, this is a one-of-a-kind joint M.D./Ph.D. program between UNMC and the following universities: Shandong University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and Tongji University. After completing the curriculum and rotation requirements of the first two years of medical school in China, students will come to UNMC for 4-5 years for coursework/lab research and receive a PhD award in the College of Medicine, Pharmacy, or Public Health. To complete the program, they will finish the remaining two years of clinical clerkships in China to receive their medical degrees.

The aim of the training program is to nurture a select group of outstanding medical students who wish to receive more training in basic science and become future physician-scientists of China. It is an integrated program with training in both clinical medicine and scientific research between a few select Chinese institutions (M.D.) and UNMC (Ph.D.). This joint program in medical and medical research education will help meet the need of improved Chinese medical care, higher quality health care workers, and better medical products for the people of China in this new century. 

***IMPORTANT NOTE: Application process is identical to the degree-seeking program, but is limited to medical students from Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shandong University and Tongji University.

SUMMARY of APPLICATION PROCESS:  DEADLINE to submit the following materials to UNMC: JANUARY 20

  1. Complete the online application form at UNMC's Graduate Studies website.
    You must choose the BRTP graduate program at the bottom of the green PROGRAMS tab.
  2. Three letters of recommendation (one must be from your current advisor)
  3. Official, original transcripts (also known as Certified Marksheets)  - no photocopies
  4. Official Degree Statement (can submit this after degree is awarded, if in process)  - no photocopies
  5. Official GRE and TOEFL/IELTS test scores sent to UNMC from ETS (code 6896; select "no department listed"). ***See below for more information. No photocopies.
  6. Application fee is waived for CSC applicants. You must choose the "CSC Scholar" box on the online application.
  7. Notify APRDP office once application is complete.
  8. Notification of UNMC conditional acceptance typically given around February 15 by APRDP office.

For CSC application: Applications to the Chinese institution and/or CSC for the scholarship are typically due around February 20 and will be evaluated and approved by CSC. Final results to be officially announced in the month of June.


  • Must be in English: If your official transcripts or mark sheets of college level work are in a language other than English, a certified English translation must be included.
  • Transcripts must carry the signature of a responsible official in which the work was done and the seal of that institution, or must be certified true copies of the original records.
  • Transcripts should clearly indicate the grades received or the standing attained on required examinations.
  • Official degree statements must be in English: If the official degree statement is in a language other than English, a certified English translation must be included with the certification.


  • Applicants from foreign countries where English is not the primary language must present official TOEFL or IELTS scores and official scores on the Graduate Record Examination.
  • A score of at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 80 on the internet-based TOEFL is required.
  • For IELTS, the band score minimum is 6.5 to 7.0.
  • Scores on the General Test and any appropriate Advanced Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must reach the Graduate Studies Office before your application will be considered. 
  • Official score reports from the Educational Testing Service are required. Photocopies will not be accepted. Under no circumstances will we accept GRE scores that are more than five years old. The ETS Institution Code for the UNMC Graduate College is 6896 (select "no department listed").

Foreign students admitted for graduate study on the basis of undergraduate work completed in a college or university in which instruction is in a language other than English will be required to demonstrate acceptable proficiency in English before they will be eligible for admission to candidacy for a Masters degree or for approval of their program of studies for the Ph.D. degree.