MD Program Admission

Visit the MD Admissions website for full admissions information and to check the status of your application.

Admission requirements for the study of medicine

Entrance requirements to the School of Medicine include:

  1. Evidence of superior intellectual ability and scholastic achievement;
  2. Completion of at least 90 semester hours of college courses in an approved college or university;
  3. Completion of the Medical College Admission Test of the Association of American Medical Colleges; and
  4. Evidence of character and integrity, a caring and compassionate attitude, scientific and humanitarian interests, effective communication skills, and motivation suitable for a career in medicine.

Chemistry, physics and mathematics provide the tools for modern biology, for medicine and for the biological basis of patient care. Thus, a firm grounding in these subjects is essential for the study of medical sciences. Entering students are expected to have accomplished at least the equivalent of one-year courses at the undergraduate level in physics and biology; mathematics through calculus, including integral equations and differential equations; and chemistry, including one year of general or inorganic chemistry and one year of organic chemistry. Course work in biochemistry is encouraged although not required. In addition one semester of biochemistry can be substituted for one semester of organic chemistry. Similarly, one semester of statistics can be substituted for one semester of calculus. In selected instances, one or more of these prerequisites may be waived by the Committee on Admissions, but applicants are strongly advised to pursue their interests in these and in other areas of science.

A major goal of undergraduate college work should be development of the intellectual talents of the individual. This often involves the pursuit of some area of knowledge in-depth, whether in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences. At the same time, a diversity of background is encouraged in order to provide a necessary foundation for the development of cultural awareness, sensitivity and competence. Specific courses, other than the few in the natural sciences, are not prerequisites because a great variety of courses and life experiences may prepare students for the many roles they may play in their medical careers.

Application procedure

General information for prospective medical students and how to apply can be found on the MD Admissions website.

Washington University School of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges. AMCAS provides a centralized system for applying to any participating medical school with only one application and one set of official transcripts of academic work.

The AMCAS Application for Admission, common to all participating medical schools, is available online at https://www.aamc.org/students/. Applicants are urged to file their applications as early as possible.

Applicants to the first-year class must submit their AMCAS application no later than December 1 of the year prior to that in which they want to matriculate. On receipt of the application from AMCAS, the Office of Admissions contacts the applicant regarding the additional steps to be taken to complete the application. These include completing a supplemental application via the Internet at http://wumsapply.wustl.edu, submission of letters of recommendation and payment of a nonrefundable Application ServiceFee of $80. These materials must be received no later than December 31. Applicants can check the status of their application via the Internet at the http://wumsapply.wustl.edu web site. Once the application is complete, the Committee on Admissions evaluates it.

Selected applicants are invited for a personal interview, as well as a tour of the School of Medicine and the Washington University Medical Center. This visit provides extensive opportunities for the applicant to meet and talk with students and faculty members.

If an applicant is planning a trip to the St. Louis area, it is appropriate to contact us by email (wumscoa@wustl.edu) to inquire if an interview has been authorized. The inquiry should be submitted at least three weeks in advance of the anticipated travel. The Office of Admissions is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.

Admission decisions are made by the Committee on Admissions on a rolling schedule beginning in early October. Applicants are notified as soon as a final decision has been made on their application, but by April 15, every applicant should be notified whether he or she is accepted, on the waiting list or not accepted.

Upon notification of acceptance for admission to the School, the applicant is required to file a Statement of Intent to Matriculate within two weeks.Three options are presented: 1) accept the offer of admission; 2) accept the offer of admission and request financial aid materials; or 3) decline the offer of admission.  The School of Medicine abides by the traffic rules regarding application timelines as established by AMCAS. Accepted applicants who are non-compliant with AMCAS traffic rules and medical school deadlines may have their acceptance into the class rescinded.

After the applicant has been accepted, matriculation is contingent upon sustained superior academic performance as well as continued ethical, honest and mature deportment. Accepted applicants must report to the Registrar all institutional judicial or academic sanctions and/or legal actions in which he/she has been a party prior to matriculation at the School of Medicine. Accepted applicants must report all institutional judicial and academic charges and/or legal charges brought against them before matriculation at the School of Medicine where such charges could result in sanctions. Concealing or failing to report such sanctions and/or charges promptly and, more generally, failure to maintain high standards of moral and ethical behavior may result in rescission of acceptance or dismissal from the School of Medicine or revocation of the Doctor of Medicine degree.

Merit-based scholarships

Please see the Financial Assistance section.