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Out-of-State Admission Requirements and Application Process

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Out-of-State Timeline for Application/Acceptance for entering class 2016

  • Receipt of AMCAS application: June 1 – October 15, 2015
  • Receipt of secondary materials: June 1 – 5 PM on December 15, 2015
  • Interviews (by invitation only): October 2015– February 2016
  • Final notice of acceptance by March 22, 2016

The University of Missouri School of Medicine is a state-supported public institution. Because of our responsibilities to the citizens of Missouri, overwhelming preference is given to those applicants who are legal residents of the state or graduates of Missouri high schools.

Individuals residing in other states are eligible for admission, but they are unlikely to be successful unless the admissions committee finds a compelling reason to make an exception. Examples of such compelling reasons include strong ties to the state of Missouri, and/or personal characteristics or background which add desirable diversity to the entering class. Applicants must be either US citizen or permanent resident.



Applicants must have completed at least 90 semester hours from a U.S. college or university. Required college course* work includes:

  • English composition or writing intensive, 2 semesters
  • College-level mathematics (college algebra or above), 1 semester
  • Biologic Sciences (e.g.  biology, genetics, cell biology, animal physiology, molecular biology, histology), 2 semesters of lecture each with lab
  • General chemistry, 2 semesters of lecture each with lab
  • Organic chemistry, 2 semesters of lecture each with lab
  • General physics, 2 semesters of lecture each with lab

* All required courses must receive a grade of C or better.

One or two courses in biochemistry are strongly recommended, and one or two additional biology or chemistry courses are recommended. Only those courses required for science majors are acceptable; introductory survey science courses meant primarily as general education are not.

The Admissions Committee will not consider applicants with a GPA less than 3.0, unless the applicant also has significant post-baccalaureate course work.  

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is required. Candidates may register electronically through the AAMC website at Scores older than 2012 will not be accepted. For 2016 entry, we will accept scores from exams administered through September 2015. Candidates must have an MCAT score of at least 22 (old MCAT) or 496 (new MCAT) to be considered and reviewed.

Letters of Recommendation

For the 2016 application year the University of Missouri School of Medicine will be participating in the AMCAS Letter of Recommendation program. We accept recommendation letters ONLY through the AMCAS letter service.

Please visit the AMCAS website for more information on how to submit letters of recommendation to the University of Missouri. To ensure efficient processing of your letters by AMCAS carefully follow instructions. We will not accept Letters of Recommendation sent directly to our medical school. Any letters we receive will not be placed in your application file, and will not be retained in any other form.

To summarize:

  • ALL letters need to be submitted using the AMCAS letter service.
  • Do not send any letters directly to the University of Missouri School of Medicine.
  • All re-applicants must submit letters through AMCAS. We will not pull forward letters from the last application cycle.
  • We will not retain any letters sent directly to our office.



If you completed your undergraduate degree on or before September 2013, please have three letters of recommendation sent from persons familiar with your recent scientific work, study experience, or professional experience.  



We require three individual letters from professors who taught and issued you a grade. It is strongly recommended that at least two of the three be from science faculty. Letters from teaching assistants will not satisfy this requirement. Applicants may submit a premed committee or composite letter in lieu of the three individual letters. MU appreciates colleges/universities who submit a premed committee letter as well as individual letters.


Additional letters beyond the three required may be submitted to supplement or validate other aspects of your candidacy, but the Committee requests that no more than 6 letters be sent. Deadline for filing letters of reference is December 15.



We are not currently accepting transfer applicants. To view our transfer process guidelines please click here.


Personal Characteristics and Tested Motivation for Medicine

The admissions committee is composed of students, faculty and alumni who screen initial applications and determine the best candidates to invite for interviews. The MCAT results and academic record assist the committee in evaluating an individual's aptitude for medical education. Equally important, however, are the applicant's personal characteristics and experiences related to healthcare. The admissions committee utilizes letters of recommendation, the personal statement, pre-medical community and educational activities, and the interview to assess the extent to which the applicant has the personal characteristics and knowledge of healthcare to adequately commit to a life long career as a patient-centered physician.

How to Apply

Candidates for admission to the MU School of Medicine should apply to the American Medical College Application Service, AMCAS. Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for an AMCAS application fee waiver.

File Status

Depending on whether the applicant is from a contiguous or non-contiguous state, there are different evaluation procedures for opening a file. For contiguous state applicants who meet the minimum MCAT and GPA requirements, a file is automatically opened. On the other hand, applicants from non-contiguous states and those who have an MCAT and/or GPA below the minimum are required to complete a questionnaire which gives the applicant an opportunity to address why the admissions committee should make an exception to Missouri resident preference. Completion of the questionnaire is required. The Associate Dean for Student Programs makes the final decision whether or not to open a file.

Secondary Applications

The School of Medicine emails each applicant with an open file a supplemental application. Applicants must complete and return this application with a $75 fee by 5 PM on the December 15th file completion deadline.


The MU School of Medicine receives nearly eighteen hundred applications every year. After an initial screening we invite applicants, who are seriously being considered, for interviews. All interviews are at the invitation of the School of Medicine. Learn more about our Interview Day.

The University of Missouri School of Medicine plans to offer 400 interview slots for the entering class of 2016. It is possible that more slots may be available; however, applicants are strongly advised to complete their applications early, since consideration for an interview slot will be conducted on a rolling basis as applications are received.

To view the technical standards required of all applicants admitted to MU School of Medicine click here. 

To view our confidentiality and selection process guidelines please click here.

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