MD Admissions

Admissions Competencies

The Perelman School of Medicine seeks students with a broad education and rigorous science preparation. Admissions competencies are not based on specific courses, but rather on the cumulative achievement of knowledge and skills needed to become a physician. The student’s undergraduate or post-baccalaureate program can provide the 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 United States or Canada prior to matriculation.


English fluency in writing, speaking and reading: demonstrated abilities include writing clearly and correctly, the ability to organize and deliver oral presentations, the ability to read critically and appraise technical content, and strong interpersonal skills. Speaking other languages is also helpful in medicine and patient care.


Competency in 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; and the quantitative and qualitative aspects of reaction rates, binding constants and reaction mechanisms.

Physics and Mathematics

Physics provides the conceptual framework for quantitative biology and biomedical sciences. A firm foundation in mathematics, statistics and physical science is essential, including 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 individuals, communities and societies in health and disease are essential. Applicants should seek to understand societal forces that contribute to the delivery of health care and basic clinical and heath service research. This understanding can come from a variety of courses in history, philosophy, ethics, anthropology, political science, economics, sociology and psychology.

Applicants Attending Foreign Institutions

All 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-residents of the United States are ineligible 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.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Each applicant must take the Medical College Admission Test within three years of applying to the Perelman School of Medicine. All candidates for admission in the fall of 2020 are required to have taken the MCAT between January 2016 and September 2019.

Complete applications are forwarded to the Committee on Admissions after receipt of an applicant’s latest MCAT score.