Interview Visit

Photo of students visiting Discovery Park during their interview visit.

2019-2020 Interview Weekends:

  1. January 9-11, 2020
  2. January 30-February 1, 2020
  3. February 27-29, 2020
  4. March 19-21, 2020

Second Visit:  April 23-25, 2020

We do not accommodate interviews on alternate dates.

We interview ~15 applicants per interview weekend. Interview weekends are Thursday-Sunday. We structure off-campus interviews for Thursday with on-campus interviews on Friday. Current MSTP students love to participate (they’re our best recruiters!) in interview weekends, so expect to meet many of them!

When you are invited to interview at UW MSTP, we’ll ask you for a list of 10-12 faculty with research interests similar to yours. You can submit this list via your application homepage. We cover your lodging for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights during interview weekends.


Typical Interview Schedule


10:30: Coffee in MSTP lounge. Meet Sara & Stephanie and pick up MSTP interview folder and schedule.

11:00: Take shuttle to off-campus location (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine at South Lake Union, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Research Institute)

11:30-12:00: Interview with requested/suggested UW faculty member

1:30-2:00: Interview with requested/suggested UW faculty member

2:15- 2:45: Interview with requested/suggested UW faculty member

3:00: Catch shuttle back to the University of Washington. Hang out in MSTP lounge with current 1st & 2nd year MSTP students. Explore campus. Go back to the hotel to change into something more casual for MSTP dinner meeting.

5:00: Meet other applicants in MSTP lounge for MSTP dinner meeting.

6:00: MSTP dinner meeting.  Listen to a UW faculty member and current MSTP student discuss their research. Chat with current students.

8:00: Catch shuttle back to the hotel.


6:30-7:30: Breakfast at the hotel.

8:00-8:30: Orientation with MSTP Director Dr. Marshall Horwitz

8:30-9:00: Health Sciences Building tour with current MSTP graduate students

9:15-9:45: Interview with member of MSTP admissions committee

10:00-10:30: Interview with an MSTP director

10:45-11:15: Interview with requested/suggested UW faculty member

11:30-12:00: Lunch & presentation on medical school curriculum

12:00-12:30: Tour of medical school with current 2nd year MSTP students

12:30: Interview with current MSTP student

3:00-3:15: Admissions Committee Panel Interview

7:00: Dinner with current MSTP students and other applicants at a Seattle restaurant


9:45: Meet current MSTP students in hotel lobby for the day’s activities

10:30: Brunch at Portage Bay Café

12:00-5:00: Break up into small groups for MSTP scavenger hunt around Seattle.

7:00: Pizza party at MSTP student home. Judging the scavenger hunt!

Individual Interviews

UW faculty value our MSTP very highly, are accessible and responsive, and enormously enjoy meeting with our applicants. We make every effort to pair you with faculty members you have asked to meet. Our directors will also provide suggestions of faculty members for you to meet given your research experience and interests.

In addition to 6-8 faculty interviews, you will also meet with one of the MSTP directors, one member of the MSTP admissions committee, and one MSTP student. Evaluations from all interviews are used by the admissions committee to make final decisions on offers of admission.

Admissions Committee Panel Interview

Your last interview on Friday afternoon will be with the MSTP Admissions Committee. This 15 minute interview gives you the opportunity to sit down with 8-10 members of our admissions committee, which includes the 4 MSTP directors. Don’t feel intimidated! This committee interview allows both you and the committee one last opportunity to ask questions. Our Admissions Committee is pretty impressive. Check out information about them on our faculty page.