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Admission Requirements

All US Citizens and those holding permanent resident status within the United States should apply to the MD/PhD program through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), indicating their interest in the Univerisity of Massachusetts Medical School's (SOM) combined degree program. Massachusetts’s residency is not required for application to the MD/PhD program.

Upon receipt of the AMCAS application, a UMMS supplemental application form will be forwarded to each applicant related to the MD/PhD program. There is no fee for completing the secondary application for MD/PhD applicants. The only standardized testing required is the MCAT.

Applications will be screened by the MD/PhD Admissions Committee. Factors considered in the committee's review include the following:

  • Prior academic performance
  • Evidence of passion and commitment to a career in biomedical science. This includes examples of activities in which curiosity and creativity are required.
  • Evidence of strength of character and resolve. This includes examples of successfully overcoming adversity in a variety of contexts; academic, personal, or experiential. 
  • Letters of recommendation that attest to the points above
  • Evidence of motivation and preparedness for medicine; attributes and values deemed necessary for physicians, including: honesty; altruism; compassion; flexibility; maturity; intellectual curiosity; self-awareness; ability for self-directed learning; ability to work as a member of a team

ENTERING CLASS OF 2021 (and beyond) REQUIRED COURSEWORK

Required Courses

General Biology or Zoology (with lab)

2 semesters or 1 year

General Physics (with lab)

2 semesters or 1 year

English composition, literature or writing intensive course

2 semesters or 1 year

Calculus (Pre-calculus is not considered an acceptable substitution for this requirement)

1 semester

Statistics

1 semester

Chemistry

Required Chemistry Sequences: Applicants may meet the chemistry requirement in one of the following ways:

4 or 5 semesters or 2-2.5 years

 

General (Inorganic) Chemistry with Lab

Organic Chemistry with Lab

Biochemistry

 

Sequence 1

2 semesters

2 semesters

1 semester

Sequence 2

2 semesters

1 semester

1 semester

Sequence 3

1 semester

2 semesters

1 semester

Revised June 2018