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Academic Requirements

Academic Requirements for the entering class of 2019 AND transitioning to the entering class of 2020

Academic requirements for applying to the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine are outlined below. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university located in the US or Canada is required. All applicants must have obtained their degree prior to matriculation into the School of Medicine.

Applicants who have graduated from a foreign college or university must have completed a minimum of one full year of study in biomedical sciences at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university prior to submitting their application to the School of Medicine.    

The year of study may include completion of:

  • Required courses listed below. Foreign graduates applying post-undergraduate school must complete required courses at an accredited US or Canadian college. 
  • Post-Baccalaureate Program in Biomedical Sciences
  • Terminal degree (Master’s, PhD) in Biomedical Sciences

Required science coursework should be completed within six years prior to School of Medicine application. Recent graduates, up to 3 years prior to application, would still meet the time frame for completing pre-requisite courses. Exceptions may be made for applicants who worked in or studied biomedical sciences after college graduation. CLEP credit may not be used to satisfy these requirements. All required coursework must be evaluated by traditional grading and not by a pass/fail system.

Advanced placement (AP) credit in required coursework is accepted, however, the credit awarded must be stated on the transcript and AMCAS application. Upper level undergraduate science coursework is encouraged, especially for applicants who received AP credit for required courses. International Baccalaureate (IB) credits will be accepted for the English requirement if stated on the transcript and AMCAS application. IB credits will not be accepted for any math or science required coursework.

Courses in the humanities and social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology) are strongly encouraged. Although most applicants are science or math majors, no major is preferred.

Applicants enrolled in a professional or graduate school program must be in the terminal year of the degree program to be considered for admission to the School of Medicine. Applicants are expected to complete the academic program in which they are enrolled at any time during the application process and prior to School of Medicine matriculation. Individuals who have previously matriculated at another medical school are not eligible to apply to UMMS. 

Applicants, those in Post-Baccalaureate Programs or taking post-bacc courses are strongly encouraged to complete requirements in a class-based setting at a four-year degree granting institution during the academic school year.

ENTERING CLASS OF 2019 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

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

  • Strongly Recommended

 

Sequence 1

2 semesters

2 semesters

 

Sequence 2

2 semesters

2 semesters

1 semester

Sequence 3

2 semesters

1 semester

1 semester

Sequence 4

1 semester

2 semesters

1 semester

 

Recommended Courses

 

Calculus

1 semester

Statistics

1 semester

ENTERING CLASS OF 2020 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

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

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