COVID-19 Admissions Update

The admissions committee highly encourages Mizzou Med applicants to keep all required coursework as a letter grade. However, if this is not an option at your institution, applicants will not be penalized for taking our required coursework as pass/fail for the Spring 2021 semester only.

The admissions committee is aware that applications for entering class 2022 and beyond could look different than in the past due to limited volunteer, shadowing, and direct-patient care experiences brought on by the pandemic. We still encourage students to do the best they can to get these experiences among other things to be a competitive applicant.

Application Overview

Primary Application

MD, MD-PhD, and Early Decision candidates for admission to the MU School of Medicine should apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for an AMCAS application fee waiver. The deadline to submit the AMCAS application is October 15, 2021.

Secondary Application

In-State applicants that meet our minimum requirements will receive a secondary application to complete. Non-Missouri residents who meet our out-of-state academic requirements will be invited to submit a preliminary Out-Of-State Form to determine if a secondary application will be offered.

The secondary application fee is $110; however, we will waive the payment if the applicant is a recipient of the Fee Assistance Program waiver through AMCAS. The deadline to submit our secondary application and any supplemental materials is November 15, 2021.

If you have questions about your application status, please do not hesitate to email us at


The MU School of Medicine receives more than 3,000 applications every year. After an initial screening, applicants who are seriously being considered are invited for interviews. In general, applicants to the MD-PhD program will have a medical school interview and separate graduate school interviews.

The School of Medicine plans to offer 400 interview slots for the entering class of 2022. It is possible that more slots may be available; however, applicants are strongly advised to complete their applications early. Consideration for interview slots will be conducted on a rolling basis as applications are received.

At this time, we are planning to conduct virtual interviews for the 2022 cycle. Students who are offered interviews will receive information about how to connect and prepare for their interview day from the Admissions Office.

MD and MD-PhD Admission Timeline to Enter Class of 2022

  • Receipt of AMCAS application: October 15, 2021
  • Receipt of secondary materials: November 15, 2021
  • Interviews (by invitation only): October 2021 through March 2022
  • Final notice of acceptance: By March 15, 2022

Early Decision Program Admission Timeline to Enter Class of 2022

The School of Medicine participates in the AMCAS Early Decision Program. Candidates may apply to only one school and, if accepted through the program, must attend that school. Those not accepted through the early decision program may then apply to the University of Missouri and other schools as a regular admissions candidate.

Early Decision Timeline for Application/Acceptance for entering in 2022:

  • Receipt of AMCAS application: August 1, 2021
  • Receipt of secondary application and materials: September 1, 2021
  • Interviews (by invitation only): Late September 2021
  • Notice of acceptance: October 1, 2021


Interview Day

An invitation to interview at the University of Missouri School for Medicine is an indication of your initial impression on the admissions committee. It is quite an accomplishment. This is an opportunity to see if the MU School of Medicine is as right for you as we think you might be for us.

Your interview day is planned so that you have the opportunity to mingle with other applicants, chat with current students and ask questions about what it is like to be a medical student at Mizzou.

Interviews take place Mondays through Wednesdays most weeks. Admissions require at least two one-on-one interviews with Admissions Committee members.

Interview Timeframes

  • Pathways to Success (PAWS) - June (slightly different schedule)
  • Bryant Scholars - August (slightly different schedule)
  • Early Decision program applicants - Late September
  • MD applicants - October through March
  • MD-PhD applicants - December through February

Sample Interview Schedule

  • 11:00 a.m. - Meet the Admissions Representative
  • 11:30 a.m. - Meet the Financial Aid Coordinator
  • 12:00 p.m. - Ambassador Panel and Video Tour of the Medical School
  • 1:15 p.m. - Interview with Admissions Committee Member
  • 2:15 p.m. - Interview with Admissions Committee Member
  • 3:15 p.m. - Interview Wrap-Up
  • 3:45 p.m. - Interview Day Concludes

Applicants to the Tom and Anne Smith MD-PhD Program will have additional separate interviews for the program and graduate school. Please contact the program office at for more information.

Transfer Policy

Current enrollment in the M2 class and the capacity for the clinical clerkships are reviewed by the Medical Education deans in the fall of each year.

This determines if the MU School of Medicine is able to accommodate transfer students or students with advanced standing to join the M3 class in June of the same calendar year. If capacity allows, students are considered for transfer:

  • If they are a US citizen or permanent resident
  • After satisfactorily completing the first two years of medical school at a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited MD granting School of Medicine, an American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) accredited DO granting medical school, or medical schools listed by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) as having accreditation standards that are comparable to accreditation standards used in the United States.
  • All applicants must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 exam by the last test date in March of the matriculating year.
    • Those who took Step 1 prior to 2022, must have a minimum score of a 242. (One-half a standard deviation above the national mean for first time test takers, as published by the National Board of Medical Examiners for the previous academic year.)
    • Those who took Step 1 after the score reporting changed from a 3 digit numerical score to Pass/Fail must receive a passing score.

All transfer students must submit:

  • A transfer application (provided by MU School of Medicine Admissions)
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Official undergraduate college/university transcript
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Official MCAT score report
  • Official USMLE transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation from medical school faculty at the applicants current institution who have issued the applicant a grade or with whom the applicant has had direct contact (type and length of direct contact information must be provided in letter). Letters from teaching assistants will not satisfy this requirement. An additional two letters beyond the three required will be accepted from individuals who can support the application, but might not be medical school faculty.

For more information regarding the transfer capacity, and/or to get a transfer application please email the MU School of Medicine Admissions office: