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Interview Process

In prior years, the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has used a multiple mini-interview, or MMI, in our admission process. For a number of reasons, foremost among them the health and safety of our applicants, students, faculty, and staff, our interview format will be online only for the 2020-2021 application cycle.

What interview format will the college use?

Applicants invited to interview may expect a one-on-one interview with a college representative lasting about 30 minutes. These interviews will be conducted via video conference.

Are there any other requirements?

Applicants who are invited to interview will need to complete the CASPer situational judgement test. Applicants may complete the CASPer test before or after their interview but must complete the test to have completed the interview process.

Who needs to complete the CASPer test?

CASPer is a required component of the interview. Only applicants who are invited to complete an interview will be required to complete the test and submit their results to MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Will the college use the CASPer Snapshot?

No, we will not view nor utilize your CASPer Snapshot, if you elect to complete this element. CASPer Snapshot is not part of the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine interview process.

I have not been invited to interview yet; can I submit my CASPer score?

Yes. Please feel free to submit your CASPer score at any point in the process. Note that this information has no influence on our selection of candidates to interview.

What is CASPer and why is the College of Osteopathic Medicine using it?

CASPer is a situational judgement test comprised of 12 video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be asked to answer a set of probing questions under a time constraint. The test typically takes 75-90 minutes to complete. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

CASPer addresses many of the competencies that our Admissions committee is most interested in, such as: communication, ethical responsibility, and adaptability. We are including CASPer in our process this year as a more flexible alternative to the MMI.

Where can I learn more about CASPer?

Visit takeCASPer.com. Information is available on the exam, preparation, testing dates, and cost.

Is there anything I should do to prepare for my interview?

You will be emailed with specific instructions when invited to interview. There is nothing specific you need to prepare in advance.

What else should I expect?

Around the time that you interview, you will be invited to participate in a virtual admissions presentation, question & answer sessions with current MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine students, and a variety of other informational sessions. Admitted students will be invited to participate in other opportunities to connect with students, faculty, and staff. These sessions may help students select a preclerkship site, address financial aid questions, and outline student services and resources at the college. We expect to invite admitted students to campus for in-person activities in the spring prior to matriculation.

We recognize that the upcoming application cycle will be challenging and perhaps stressful in different ways than in prior years. We do not believe, however, that the changes to our interview should present any cause for concern. If anything, we expect the changes to relieve substantial worry about the financial, time, and health impacts of traveling for a medical school admission interview.