Medical College Admissions Test
All MD and MD-PhD applicants must have completed the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). MCAT must be taken between January 2016 and September 2019. To be considered for entry in 2020, applicants must provide scores from exams administered through September 2019. Candidates must earn an MCAT score of at least 495 to be considered. Those applying to the early-decision program must have a score of at least 508.
Applicants must have completed at least 90 semester hours from a U.S. college or university. All required coursework must also be taken at a U.S. college or university.
Required coursework with a grade of C- or better:
- College English Composition or Writing Intensive, six credit hours or one year
- College-level Mathematics (college algebra or above), three credit hours or one semester*
- Biologic Sciences (e.g. biology, genetics, cell biology, animal physiology, molecular biology, histology), six credit hours or one year
- Chemistry (through organic chemistry), twelve credit hours or two years
- General Physics, six credit hours or one year
*Statistics courses will not meet the mathematics requirement
Recommended coursework beyond introductory science courses:
- Biochemistry, three to six credit hours or one semester to one year
- Biology, three to six credit hours or one semester to one year
- Chemistry, three to six credit hours or one semester to one year
The Dean of Student Programs and the Office of Admissions can review applications that do not meet our standard course requirements and determine if the coursework meets the academic-equivalent qualifications for incoming students.
Undergraduate Grade Point Average
The Admissions Committee will not consider applicants with a science cumulative or an overall cumulative GPA of less than 3.0, unless the applicant also has significant post-baccalaureate coursework or an MCAT higher than a 495.
To apply for the early-decision program, candidates must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.75. Applicants with lower GPAs who have successfully completed relevant graduate-level coursework may be considered.
Letters of Recommendation
The University of Missouri School of Medicine participates in the AMCAS Letter Service. We accept recommendation letters only through the AMCAS Letter Service. We will not accept letters of recommendation sent directly to our medical school. Please visit the AMCAS website to learn how to submit letters of recommendation to the University of Missouri School of Medicine.
Applicants should submit three letters of recommendation. Additional letters beyond the three required may be submitted to supplement or validate other aspects of your candidacy, but no more than six letters should be sent.
We require one letter from a professor who taught and issued you a grade. It is strongly recommended that the letter from a professor who issued a grade be from science faculty. Letters from teaching assistants will not satisfy this requirement. Applicants may submit a pre-med committee or composite letter in lieu of the three individual letters. MU appreciates those who submit a pre-med committee letter as well as individual letters.
If you completed your undergraduate degree before September 2017, please have three letters of recommendation sent from individuals who are familiar with your recent scientific work, study experience or professional experience.
Personal Characteristics and Tested Motivation for Medicine
The Admissions Committee is comprised 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 health care. The admissions committee uses 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 health care to adequately commit to a lifelong career as a patient-centered physician. The School of Medicine has identified the following as groups whose representation will particularly improve the diversity of the learning environment: those who self-identify as rural, socioeconomically disadvantaged and from groups historically underrepresented in medicine.
Depending on an applicant’s home state residency, there are different evaluation procedures for opening a file for consideration.
All applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents.
The School of Medicine emails each applicant with an open file supplemental application. Applicants must complete and return this application with a $110 fee by 5 p.m. Dec. 1.
The MU School of Medicine receives more than 3,000 applications every year. After an initial screening, we invite applicants who are seriously being considered for interviews. In general, applicants to the MD-PhD program will have a medical school interview and separate Graduate School interviews. All interviews are at the invitation of the School of Medicine. Learn more about our application process.
The School of Medicine plans to offer 400 interview slots for the entering class of 2020. It is possible that more slots may be available; however, applicants are strongly advised to complete their applications early because consideration for an interview slot will be conducted on a rolling basis as applications are received.