All applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents.
Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
All MD, MD-PhD, and Early Decision applicants must have completed the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). MCAT must be taken between January 2017 and September 2020. To be considered for entry in 2021, applicants must provide scores from exams administered through September 2020. Candidates must earn an MCAT score of at least 494 to be considered.
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
All applicants must have an overall cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher. The Admissions Committee will not consider applicants with either a science cumulative or an overall cumulative GPA of less than 3.0, unless the applicant also has significant post-baccalaureate or graduate coursework.
A competitive applicant would need to have well above the minimum in either their MCAT score or GPA. Meeting only the minimum requirements in both areas is unlikely to result in a successful application.
Applicants who do not have a legal residence of Missouri on their AMCAS application are welcome to apply. Since the MU School of Medicine is a state funded university, the majority of accepted students (around 85%) will have a legal residence of Missouri. Due to a high number of out-of-state applications, OOS applicants must meet the following MCAT and undergraduate cumulative GPA combinations to be considered.
|MCAT Score||Undergraduate Cumulative GPA|
|494 – 497||3.80 or greater|
|498 – 501||3.60 or greater|
|502 – 505||3.40 or greater|
|506 – 509||3.20 or greater|
|510 - 528||3.00 or greater|
If an applicant has taken significant post-baccalaureate or graduate coursework, the graduate cumulative GPA will be considered individually if the above combinations are not met. If applicants meet the academic requirements above, they will be emailed an Out-Of-State form (no cost), This form determines the applicants ties to the state of Missouri. If the Out-Of-State form is approved, a secondary application will be provided.
Early Decision Applications
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.
Those applying to the early-decision program must have an MCAT score of at least 508.
If you are interested in applying to our MD-PhD program, all admissions requirements and application deadlines are the same as the MD program, including the academic requirements for non-Missouri residents.
Letters of Recommendation
The University of Missouri School of Medicine participates in the AMCAS Letter Service. Recommendation letters are accepted only through the AMCAS Letter Service. Recommendation letters sent directly to our medical school will not be accepted. 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.
One letter from a professor who taught and issued the applicant a grade is required. 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 the applicant has completed an undergraduate degree before September 2018, please have three letters of recommendation sent from individuals who are familiar with the applicant's 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.