Number of Years to Complete the MD Degree

The majority of students will complete our curriculum in four years. School policy requires a student take a minimum of eight (8) semesters of enrollment and allows for a maximum of twelve (12) semesters of enrollment is permitted for completion of the MD degree.  Program extension to more than the usual 4 years/8 semesters of enrollment may be requested by a student or required by the Progress Board.

A student in good academic standing may apply to the appropriate Academic Evaluation Board for program extension or Leave of Absence after consultation with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at any time during his/her medical school program until requirements for graduation have been completed. The request for an extension or Leave of Absence must be made in writing (email is acceptable only from UMass student email account) and must include a description of the student’s proposed program. (See: Extended Program)

A Leave of Absence during which the student remains matriculated but is not actively enrolled may be requested by a student or required by an Academic Evaluation Board.