Admissions Process
Admissions Process

admissions process




Admissions Requirements


Prospective applicants to UMHS must meet the minimum requirements for admission outlined below. Applicants are expected to have completed a minimum of three years of study (90 semester credits) at an accredited college or university. However, it is highly recommended that applicants earn a Bachelor’s Degree prior to matriculating at UMHS.  Applicants must have successfully completed the following undergraduate pre-requisite courses: 


 Inorganic or General Chemistry (with Labs)  One Year
 Organic Chemistry (with Labs)*  One Year
 General Biology or Zoology (with Labs)  One Year
 Physics (with Lab)  One Semester
 English  One Year
 College-Level Mathematics (Calculus or Statistics)  One Semester



*Applicants may substitute one semester of Biochemistry for Organic Chemistry II if this is the prescribed pre-medical chemistry sequence at their college or university. It is recommended that additional advanced sciences courses such as Genetics, Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry be taken as well. High school advanced placement courses are considered on a per case basis and may meet pre-requisite requirements.


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Application Checklist  

Begin the process by completing our online application for admission. All required supporting credentials and documentation must be received by the UMHS Office of Admissions in order to initiate an application review. 


A completed file consists of: 
  1)  Completed online application
  2)  $75 non-refundable application fee 
  3)  Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  4)  MCAT score results
  5)  Pre-Health Advisory Committee Letter or two individual letters of recommendation
  6)  Any other supporting credentials specifically requested by the Office of Admissions

Please note, all letters of recommendation should be requested directly through the application, where your reference will then receive a link to upload their letter. Official transcripts should be requested via the transcript request form that you can download from your application and be mailed to the following address:


UMHS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9203
Watertown, MA 02471

Required Documents and Fees


Application Fee

Applicants must submit a $75.00 application fee. The fee may be paid online or by sending a check or money order to the UMHS North American Administrative Office.  This fee is non-refundable.


Open-Ended Questions and Personal Statement

Included in the online application are several short-answer questions and a space to write a personal statement. These are an important component of the overall application and will be evaluated closely by our admissions committee when weighing a student's potential for candidacy. 


Official Transcripts

Applicants should request official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. Unofficial transcripts provided by the applicant will be accepted only for the purposes of an initial evaluation and can be uploaded directly into the application. In cases where the college/university attended is outside of North America, an official evaluation performed by a NACES-approved evaluation agency must be submitted as well.


MCAT Scores

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required for all U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and those who completed their undergraduate education in the U.S. Applicants must submit results of all MCAT attempts with their application. While not required for non-US citizens, the MCAT is strongly recommended for all applicants, specifically those who are Canadian citizens or residents. The best way to submit your MCAT score is to upload a screenshot of your scores in the document upload section of the online application.  Questions about the MCAT including applications, test dates, and testing locations should be directed to:


Medical College Admissions Test Registration
The American College Testing Program
P.O. Box 414
Iowa City, IA 52243

Phone: 319-337-1276


Letters of Recommendation 

Applicants are required to submit at least two letters of recommendation from faculty members at their university. One of these letters should be from a faculty member in the department of the applicant's major, and the other should be from a science faculty member or a pre-professional advisory committee. Applicants are encouraged to submit one or two additional letters of recommendation from individuals with whom they have worked closely. These can be from faculty, employers, research mentors, or volunteer directors. Letters of recommendation should be requested directly through the application, where the applicant and references will receive further instruction.


For questions related to required documents or the admissions process, please email


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Application File Review


Preliminary Evaluation

After you have completed the online application and all of your supporting documents have been received, the Faculty Admissions Committee will conduct a preliminary evaluation of your credentials. If it is determined that you meet our minimum qualifications, you will be invited to schedule a personal interview.

Personal Interview

Qualified applicants will be contacted by an admissions counselor to arrange for their personal interview. Applicants will be given an opportunity to discuss their academic record and provide any other background information that will help the admissions committee to assess the student’s maturity, aptitude, and motivation.


Application Decision

Applicants can anticipate admissions decisions to be made within two to three weeks after the personal interview is conducted. Applicants will be notified by email of their official admissions decision reached by UMHS Faculty Admissions Committee. The decision making timeline may be extended during semester breaks and holiday periods.  There are five decision options: 


1)  Acceptance: The applicant has been accepted to attend UMHS in the requested entry term. 


2)  Acceptance/Wait-List: The applicant has been accepted to attend UMHS; however, if their intended semester of matriculation is full, the applicant is placed on a wait-list and confirmed for the next available semester. If a vacancy occurs, the applicant may still attend their original intended semester. 


3)  Acceptance to the Extended Basic Science Program (EBS): The Extended Basic Science Program is designed for entering students who wished to spread the work of the first four semesters of medical school over a five semester period instead. The EBS program is described in detail here.  


4)  The Accelerated Review Program (ARP): This program is designed for students who have the potential to become successful physicians but need additional academic foundation work and study skills preparation to ensure their success in the rigorous UMHS medical education program. Additional details are provided here


5)  Denial: The applicant has not met the minimum entrance qualifications as determined by the UMHS Faculty Admissions Committee. An applicant may appeal this decision in writing, and must supply additional supporting documentation for review by the Admissions Committee.


Accepted Students

Upon acceptance to UMHS, students will begin to work with a designated staff member for assistance and instruction on all aspects of the enrollment process. A highly detailed Welcome Packet which contains all instructions and forms to complete the enrollment process is provided at the time of acceptance. Learn more about the enrollment process here.


The University of Medicine and Health Sciences admits students without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability or to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the University.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, disability or age in the administration of its educational programs and other University administered policies.




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