DVM-PhD (VMSTP) Application Process
The DVM-PhD (VMSTP) dual-degree program is highly competitive, accepting only a limited number of students each year. The application process to the program includes completing three applications, evaluation forms, recommendation letters, letters of intent, and various score and transcript reporting.
Your eligibility is contingent upon the DVM Admissions Committee, the PhD program to which you applied, the DVM-PhD Advisory Committee, and the UGA Graduate School reviewing the applications for their respective portion of the program. The VMSTP program is open to any student concurrently pursuing the DVM and PhD degree.
An applicant’s overall GPA, science GPA, GRE scores, and depth and duration of veterinary and research experience are evaluated by the admissions committees and subsequently used to rank applicants.
Research Experience Criteria:
Students applying to the VMSTP are required to have significant prior research experience in addition to in-depth experience (300+ hours) in at least one clinical field (e.g., small animal medicine, large animal medicine, wildlife and zoo medicine, laboratory medicine) under the guidance of a veterinarian.
Applications Required for VMSTP Admission (3)
a. Deadline September 1st at 1:00 p.m. ET: Requests for course substitutions/waivers and approval of online courses intended to meet a prerequisite requirement must be received by this date.
b. Deadline September 15: VMCAS Applications must be submitted to VMCAS by this date. Transcripts must be submitted by this date. Transcripts are to be submitted directly to VMCAS.
You must apply for the veterinary program ONLY through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) website.
Visit the UGA CVM Office for Academic Affairs website for DVM Application and Requirements.
Deadline December 1st — Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program Supplemental Application: VMSTP Supplemental Application, Letter of Intent, and 3 letters of recommendation.
VMSTP Supplemental Application Requirements:
- Due December 1 — Letter of Intent: Candidates are requested to submit a letter or email of intent to apply, identifying the specific PhD graduate department to which you have applied to the Director of Graduate Programs. This will facilitate follow-up by the Director to the candidates for VMSTP and graduate school application information.
- Due December 1 — Letter of Recommendation: these letters can be those used to apply to the DVM and/or graduate program as long as one letter addresses research experience.
- Postmarked by December — VMSTP Application: Email or mail to the Office of Graduate Affairs.
- To request a supplemental application, email firstname.lastname@example.org after September 15.
Graduate School Application: Deadlines vary by department, but you should apply by November. Contact the specific PhD program's Graduate Coordinator for information.
- Graduate Degree Objective:Your graduate degree objective must be the PhD. Formal application is limited to PhD programs in two two departments.
- It is recommended that all interested applicants communicate with the Director of the DVM PhD program with questions regarding whether a graduate department is appropriate for the dual-degree program. This will facilitate coordination of consideration for admission to both degree objectives. If specific graduate department or departments are of known interest, please make these clear in the letter of intent to the Director.
Notification to Accepted Students
Students accepted into the program will receive:
- A joint letter from CVM DVM Admissions Office and the Director of Graduate Programs for acceptance into the DVM/PhD Degree program, including scholarship information.
- Letter from the Graduate Department regarding funding for the PhD program.
Currently-enrolled Veterinary or Graduate Students
- The same deadlines above apply to currently-enrolled students wishing to apply to the combined degree program.
For questions about the PhD portion of your program, contact the Graduate Coordinator for the specific PhD program to which you intend to apply.
UGA Graduate School Admissions