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Academic Requirements

The MCAT and at least 90 semester hours of accredited arts and science college credit are required. Credit hours must have been earned in colleges or universities whose names appear on the current list of Accredited Institutions of Higher Education as compiled by the National Committee of Regional Accrediting Agencies of the United States. Preference is given to applicants who will have earned a bachelor’s degree. The following courses must be completed, with a grade of C or better, prior to matriculation:

Semester Hours
Biological Sciences (with lab) 8
Inorganic Chemistry (with lab) 8
Organic Chemistry (with lab) 8
General Physics (with lab) 8
English 6

Advanced Placement (AP) credits may be used to satisfy the entrance requirements. AP credits must be listed on the applicant’s undergraduate transcript. Applicants should major in the academic area of their interest. No preference is given to students majoring in the sciences versus those majoring in non-science areas. If a non-science major is selected, sufficient science courses should be taken to acquaint the applicant with the demands of a science-oriented curriculum. The Committee on Admissions encourages all applicants to pursue a course of study that is rigorous, scholarly and focused on areas that are intellectually challenging and interesting to the applicant.

Applicants educated abroad must have completed the pre-requisite coursework in an approved college or university in the United States or Canada before applying to the School of Medicine. Students who do not have a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an institution in the United States or Canada are rarely accepted for admission.

The MCAT examination can be taken no later than the fall of the year in which the application is made. It is required that the MCAT be taken within four years preceding the anticipated date of matriculation.

Those individuals who have previously been awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine from a foreign medical school are not eligible for admission to the University of Maryland School of Medicine.