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Applicants must be currently enrolled at an UMass undergraduate campus (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, or Lowell). The BaccMD program is eligible to students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds or will be first generation (four-year) college graduates. Students apply to become Medical Scholars during the first phase of the program, at the end of the fall semester of their sophomore year.

In response to the United States Supreme Court's decision(s) in two affirmative action cases (SFFA v. Harvard and SFFA v. UNC), race and ethnicity will no longer be considered as a criterion for eligibility for the BaccMD Pathway Program. The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School will continue to follow the law and do so while sustaining its deep and longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging to advance the health and wellness of our diverse communities throughout Massachusetts and across the world by leading and innovating in education, research, health care delivery and public service.

 Economically Disadvantage

    • Family meets federal guidelines for
      • Poverty
      • Low income (2x poverty level)

First generation College

    • A first generation four- year college graduate is an individual both of whose parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree.
    • In the case of an individual who regularly resides with and received support from only one parent, and individual whose only such parent did not complete a baccalaureate degree (Higher Education Act of 1965's chapter on the Federal TRIO Program)

Academic Requirements

    • College English or Equivalent- one year (two semesters)
    • Three semesters of Chemistry with lab (typically two semesters of General Chemistry and one semester of Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry)
    • Biology with lab - one year (two semesters)
    • Courses in Calculus, Statistics, Psychology, Sociology are strongly recommended
      • Student's GPA should be at least 3.2 with no grade lower than a B in any of the aforementioned courses.