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Admissions Requirements

PLEASE NOTE:  We understand that, due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many students will receive pass/fail grades for winter/spring 2020 courses. We assure future applicants that we will accept pass/fail coursework for any courses impacted by this situation. This holds both in cases where pass/fail is mandated by your institution and also in cases of individual choice.

We continue to monitor the situation with MCAT testing availability. Currently, the AAMC is committed to providing an opportunity to every applicant who wishes to take the test this cycle. At this time, we do not plan to waive our requirement of the MCAT for applicants in the 2021 cycle.

To be considered for admission, the applicant must:

  1. Meet all of the below admissions requirements and technical standards for admissions.
  2. Complete both the primary and secondary application.

Admissions requirements are established by the faculty and are meant to ensure that every entering student has achieved a minimum level of education in key areas. Completion of requirements is vital to success in medical school.

Students must complete the following courses with no grade below a C or 2.0 on a 4.0 scale:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or exemplary performance in a minimum of 90 semester hours of coursework including:

  • Biology: 8 semester credit hours.
  • Chemistry*: Total of 16 semester credit hours. Must include a minimum of 3 semester credit hours of biochemistry.
  • English**: 6 semester credit hours.

*Any combination of lecture/lab chemistry/biochemistry courses may be used to fulfill the total credit hour requirement of 16 semester credit hours, but must include a minimum of 3 semester credit hours of biochemistry.

** Candidates who have successfully completed Advanced Placement coursework and received credit reported on their undergraduate transcript may apply those credits toward the English requirement or the chemistry requirement only. We do not accept AP credit toward the biology or biochemistry requirements.

Recommended Courses

We strongly encourage applicants to complete additional courses in junior or senior level biological sciences. Courses such as anatomy, physiology, genetics and others provide a strong foundation for success in medical school. 

Candidates may apply while coursework is in progress, but incoming students are required to complete all prerequisite credit hours before they begin classes in June.

We reserve the right to alter these requirements to correspond with curricular changes.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

The MCAT is required of all applicants who are not eligible for a waiver through the Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program.

Evaluation Letters

The evaluation section is deemed complete and suitable for review when at least three letters of evaluation are received.

The college recommends that at least one letter be written by an academic or medical professional. MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine does not require academic/committee/advisor evaluations, nor do we require that an osteopathic physician complete an evaluation.

Applicants have three options to send letters of evaluation to the Admissions Office:

  1. AACOMAS application letter service.
  2. Pre-medical advisors/university may submit letters on the applicant’s behalf via a transmission system called Interfolio.
  3. Pre-medical advisors/university may submit letters directly to the college admissions system via a transmission system called VirtualEvals.

Technical Standards

The College of Osteopathic Medicine requires that all candidates for the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree meet the following technical standards for admission for participation in its program.