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College of Medicine | Admission Procedures

Admission procedures for students seeking an M.D. degree are listed below. Students interested in entering the Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D.) will receive an email invitation to complete the MSTP supplemental application for MUSC.

Application Procedures
The College of Medicine is a participant in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The application filing period is from June 1 to November 1 prior to the year in which the applicant wishes to enter. AMCAS will forward the applications to the medical school after June 1. Applicants wishing to obtain an application should go directly to the AMCAS Web site at

The AMCAS application is used as a preliminary admission screening by the Medical University’s College of Medicine Admissions Committee. AMCAS charges a fee for processing the application.

All MD applicants who apply through AMCAS are requested to complete the MUSC Supplemental application. Those who do not complete the application do not receive further consideration. The website to apply online is Before a final admission decision is made, three personal interviews are required. Offers of acceptance are made by the College of Medicine Admissions Committee on a rolling basis and final decisions on all applications are made by mid-March. The applicant must respond to an acceptance offer within two weeks. For details concerning specific and required fees, please refer to the General Information section of this Bulletin.

The College of Medicine considers in-state and out-of-state applicants for Early Decision if they apply between June 1 and August 1 of the year prior to the year of matriculation. Early Decision applicants are notified of their status by October 1.

Applicants who fail to gain admission for a particular year are not considered to be in the application process for subsequent years. These applicants must refile with AMCAS each year.

Entrance Requirements
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores and a minimum of three years of college work (90 semester hours) are required for admission. Preference is given to applicants who have completed four years of college work and have earned a baccalaureate degree. Only those applicants with unusual circumstances are admitted after completing only 90 semester hours. There are no specific course requirements, but students are advised to construct courses of study that are intellectually interesting and challenging for them individually. Any education that engenders curiosity and enthusiasm for learning is desirable. Students who choose to major in a science should select a broad range of studies outside the sciences as well.

The MCAT should be taken no later than spring or fall of the year preceding the year in which the applicant wishes to be admitted. Because the MCAT requires knowledge of the natural sciences, as well as the social sciences, students who wish to do well on the examination are strongly advised to take college courses in introductory biology, introductory physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, sociology and psychology prior to taking the MCAT. Applicants can register to take the MCAT online at The code for the Medical University of South Carolina is 165.

Selection Factors
South Carolina residency is a primary admission consideration. Selection is based on a total evaluation of the applicant. Intellectual capability for successful performance in medical school is evaluated by reviewing an applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average and MCAT scores. Those passing the academic cut off established by the Admissions Committee are invited for interviews. Noncognitive traits that are desirable in future physicians, as well as previous accomplishments, are evaluated during the interviews. The noncognitive traits include emotional stability, integrity, reasoning skills, enthusiasm, motivation, and genuine concern for others. Evaluations from personal interviews and applicant recommendations are used by the Admissions Committee to judge an applicant’s noncognitive traits and accomplishments. Applicants who demonstrate a strong humanitarian commitment, those who show leadership, those who have participated in a number of community services and those who have tested their desire for medicine by working in some type of health care setting are highly valued by the Admissions Committee. A strong committment to diversity is also in place. Students with unique or unusal circumstances such as being raised in one of the rural counties in SC, being under-represented in medicine or having overcome some type of great adversity/disability, being a varsity athlete, having a graduate degree, or demonstrating maturity by having different types of work experiences are all examples of this commitment to diversity within each admitted class. 

Foreign applicants must hold a South Carolina permanent residence visa to be considered for admission to the regular MD program. Foreign applications to the M.D./Ph.D. program will be considered.

Degree Completion
Students enrolled in the College of Medicine will have six (6) years from the date of matriculation to complete their degree for Doctor of Medicine. Students who are pursuing a combined degree of Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy will have at least eight (8) years (up to ten (10) years) in which to complete that dual degree. If a student fails to complete their degree within the specified time, they will be recommended for dismissal by the Progress Committee.

Transfer Policy
Due to space limitations in the upper classes of the College of Medicine, only "hardship" transfers are considered from LCME accredited schools. These cases typically involve a medical student who has a spouse beginning a residing program at MUSC or relocating due to reassignment by the military.

Last Published with Edits:July 27, 2015 3:58 PM
Last Comprehensive Review: July 2015

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