Office of Admissions and Financial Aid


The Perelman School of Medicine seeks students with a broad education and rigorous science preparation. Requirements for admission are based on academic competencies which are not based on specific courses but rather on the cumulative achievement of knowledge and skills required to become a physician. Your undergraduate or post-baccalaureate program can provide you with course information, identified by that educational institution as providing the best preparation for study in medical school. All applicants must have a BS or BA degree from an accredited college or university (in the US or Canada) prior to matriculation.


Competency in writing, speaking, and reading the English language. Demonstrated abilities include writing clearly and correctly, the ability to organize and present oral presentations, the ability to read critically and appraise technical writing and the ability to communicate and demonstrate strong interpersonal skills. Speaking languages other than English is also a compentency that is helpful in medicine and patient care.


Competency in understanding basic biological principles shared by all living organisms which includes the diversity of life, life cycles and metabolic processes, the structure of life and nucleic acid structures, how biological information is transferred and stored, and the basic molecular and cellular structure and function.


Competencies include understanding the molecular basis of life, principles of chemical equilibria and thermodynamics, acid base balance, ionization and redox reactions, the structure of molecules and experimental methods and the molecular architecture of organic compounds, the quantitiative and qualitative aspects of reaction rates, binding constants, and reaction mechanisms.

Physics and Mathematics

Quantitative understanding is the common language of all science. Physics provides the conceptual framework for quantitative biology and biomedical sciences. Having a firm foundation in mathematics, statistics and physical science is essential for the medical school curriculum. Knowledge of algebra, equations and interpretation of graphic representations of data as well as familiarity with constants or units of physical measurement.

behavioral Disciplines

Understanding and appreciating the basic social, cultural and behavioral factors that influence both individuals, communities and societies in health and disease. Applicants should seek to understand societal forces which contribute to the delivery of health care and basic clinical and heath service research. This information can come from a variety of courses in history, philosophy, ethics, anthropology, political science, economics, sociology and psychology.

International Students

Applicants who receive degrees from foreign institutions are required to complete one year of course work in the sciences at a college or university in the United States before applying for admission. Non-permanent residents of the United States are not eligible for federal or school financial aid programs.

Applicants applying from accredited Canadian institutions are exempt from the required additional year of science study and may apply directly to our program.

Medical College Admission Test

Each applicant must take the Medical College Admission Test, within 3 years of applying. We will accept both old and new format exams. All applicants for admission in the fall of 2016 are required to have taken the MCAT examination administered between January 2012 and September 2015.

For those applicants who have taken both exams, both scores will be considered when assessing candidates for admission. Complete applications will be forwarded to the Committee on Admissions after the receipt of an applicants latest MCAT scores.

Page Updated: 24-Jun-2015