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Academic Requirements

COVID-19 Updates

Applicants: Please be aware of the following updates:

Given all the uncertainty and the financial burden the COVID-19 pandemic presents, we have decided to conduct all 2021 cycle interviews virtually. This will eliminate the potential for undue bias, either positive or negative, toward an applicant based on the format of the interview, will eliminate uncertainty regarding quarantining and travel restrictions, and will reduce interview-related financial costs. We will work to keep these interview experiences meaningful and interactive so that applicants will be able to engage with students, faculty and staff from our institution.

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and a minimum of 90 hours of accredited arts and science credit are required for matriculation. Credit hours must have been earned at colleges or universities accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations as recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation. Institutions can be searched at the following website to verify their accreditation status:  Preference will be given to applicants with 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 hours
  • Inorganic Chemistry (with lab) – 8 hours
  • Organic Chemistry (with lab) – 8 hours
  • Physics (with lab) – 8 hours
  • English – 6 hours

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It is preferred that the pre-requisite coursework be taken within five years of the date of the application to medical school. Biochemistry (without lab) is strongly recommended and may replace the required second semester of Organic Chemistry. A writing intensive course in the humanities or social sciences may substitute for one semester of English. Courses in cellular and molecular biology, genetics, statistics, the humanities, and social and behavioral sciences are not required but are important in providing some of the essential knowledge and skills necessary for the study and practice of medicine.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits may be used to satisfy the academic requirements. AP and IB credits must appear on the applicant’s undergraduate transcript.

Applicants should major in the academic area of their interest. No preference is given to applicants majoring in the sciences versus those with non-science majors. If a non-science major is selected sufficient coursework in the sciences should be taken to adequately acquaint the applicant with the demands of a science-oriented curriculum. The faculty of the School of Medicine 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. An applicant educated abroad must complete the pre-requisite coursework in an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada before applying for admission to the School of Medicine. In those cases, a full-time, rigorous post-baccalaureate program is preferred.

The MCAT 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 three years of the anticipated year 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.