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 degree 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: The 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.

Application Process 

DEADLINE to submit the following materials to UNMC and UniCAS: JANUARY 20

  1. Indicate your intent to apply by filling out the Pre-Application Form
  2. Begin the online application for UNMC at UniCAS. Select the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) program as an "Uncommitted" applicant.
  3. Because you are applying to the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences (IGPBS) program, the application fee is automatically waived.
  4. Upload your personal narrative/essay to UniCAS. In this narrative/essay, you will describe your career goals and how a graduate degree in the program would aid in achieving these goals.
  5. Upload your resume/CV to UniCAS.
  6. Provide the names and email addresses for three or four people who will write evaluations/letters of recommendation for you. UniCAS will contact the evaluators/recommenders and tell them how to submit their evaluations/letters online.
  7. Have your transcripts evaluated/translated by a credential evaluation service (ECE or WES). This must be a course-by-course evaluation that identifies and describes each diploma or certificate, the periods of education, and equivalency of each document. There will be a link within the UniCAS application to these evaluation services; clicking this link within the application and choosing "UNMC CAS" will ensure that your evaluation is sent to the correct address. You will need your CAS ID when you order these evaluations.

    If you have not completed your degree, please have your current transcripts evaluated. Once your degree is awarded, please resubmit your completed transcripts or official degree statement to the evaluation service so it can be added to your file.

    Note: you can also submit “unofficial transcripts” on UniCAS, but you will not be sent an offer letter until we receive your transcript evaluations.

    Successful Ph.D. applicants who come to UNMC for their degrees will be reimbursed the cost of a basic transcript evaluation by WES or ECE after they matriculate. (Note: this does not include the HSRA: Academic Family Medicine degree.)

  8. In the “Questions” section of the application, be sure to select “Chinese Scholarship Council Applicant.” (See this page for instructions on how to do this.)
  9. Send your official GRE and TOEFL/IELTS test scores to UNMC from ETS (code 6896; select "no department listed"). Photocopies will not be accepted.
  10. Notify APRDP office once your application is complete.
Notification of UNMC conditional acceptance is typically given around the end of February.

For CSC applications: Applications to the Chinese institution and/or CSC for the scholarship are typically due around early March and will be evaluated and approved by CSC. The final results are typically officially announced in the month of June.