M.D. Program – St. Joseph

Classroom Mosaic 

Why study medicine at UMKC?

UMKC School of Medicine is an innovative institution advancing health care. The school combines a team approach to teaching patient care combined with hands-on learning and cutting-edge research. For students who have earned or will soon earn a bachelor’s degree and plan to apply for medical school, UMKC has expanded its M.D. program to an additional location in affiliation with Mosaic Health System in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Whether in Kansas City or St. Joseph, students receive the same education and learning opportunities, including being a part of our docent system of learning, where students are teamed with the same physician mentor and student group as they advance through their years at the school. Other advantages aligned with our Kansas City Health Sciences District campus include early, continuous patient-care experiences; integrated studies in arts and humanities; exposure to medical innovations and technologies; and exciting research opportunities.

Our students in St. Joseph gain an additional benefit: a focus on rural medicine.

The UMKC School of Medicine-St. Joseph Campus is committed to meeting the critical need for rural physicians, especially in northwest Missouri. In parts of the state, a shortage of primary health care providers makes it difficult for low-income, uninsured and geographically isolated Missourians to receive health care. The School of Medicine’s newest campus – and its graduates – will work to bridge this gap. Our St. Joseph students will graduate with the skills and training needed to be well-prepared practitioners and effective leaders in rural health care.

Why study medicine at our St. Joseph, Missouri, campus?

As your home base throughout medical school and beyond, St. Joseph has much to offer. Just 50 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri, the community combines incredible history and architecture, arts and state parks in a city of 80,000. With a growing reputation for research and technology, St. Joseph is a place that celebrates both its past and future.

It is also a city full of modern-day amenities – a vibrant downtown revival, a supportive business community, and neighborhoods offering new construction, loft living or historic homes. There is always something to do, from visiting 13 distinctive area museums to enjoying 12 annual festivals, from touring architectural wonders on the National Register to attending the Kansas City Chiefs Summer Training Camp. Moreover, there is shopping, dining and a lively arts culture, along with endless outdoor recreation throughout the city’s 48 parks and 26-mile-long Parkway System.

It won’t take long for you to feel part of the School of Medicine and at home in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Why study medicine with our partner Mosaic Life Care?

Mosaic Life Care is the UMKC School of Medicine’s training partner in St. Joseph, Missouri. It is one of the largest private rural primary-care networks in the United States and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Students will train onsite within Mosaic’s rural health care network and work alongside its physicians and team of health care professionals.

Students at the St. Joseph campus will have broad exposure to rural medicine through Mosaic’s wide community reach. That includes a busy, 352-bed tertiary care medical center averaging 50,000 emergency room visits, 2,000 newborn deliveries and 400 open heart surgeries each year; a full complement of subspecialty providers; 60 clinical facilities throughout 21 counties in northwest Missouri, northeast Kansas and southeast Nebraska; and two small hospitals in Albany, Missouri, and Maryville, Missouri.

Mosaic, the largest employer in the region, has developed an innovative life-care model that includes traditional health care, as well as a focus on other aspects of patients’ lifestyles that affect their overall wellness. The School of Medicine-Mosaic partnership is committed to educating future physicians with the skills and knowledge needed to provide excellent medical care designed to best serve each patient.

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UMKC School of Medicine Approved to Expand Program in Missouri

A new UMK School of Medicine campus in St. Joseph, in partnership with Mosaic Life Care, will increase rural health care

The University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine plans to expand its program to St. Joseph, Missouri, to address the state’s rural physician shortage.

The University of Missouri System Board of Curators approved the proposal on Thursday.

UMKC received a $7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to start the new program in January 2021. HRSA, the primary federal agency for improving access to health-care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable, will pay out the grant over four years.

“We are thrilled we will be able to address a critical health-care need in Missouri,” said Chancellor Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D. “This will enable more patients throughout the state to get better access to high-quality medical treatment.”

The need is great in the United States – the American Association of Medical Colleges projects a shortage of nearly 122,000 physicians by 2032, with primary-care physicians making up almost half of this shortage. And the need is especially great in Missouri: the state has 250 primary-care health professional shortage areas, including 109 of its 114 counties. It ranks No. 40 among U.S. states in terms of health.

“The disparities in care in rural areas result in higher rates of death, disability and chronic disease for rural Americans. Expansion of our medical school to the northwestern region of our state will serve to bridge this gap, knowing that students training in rural programs are three times as likely to remain in practice in those areas.” – UMKC School of Medicine Dean Mary Anne Jackson

“Missouri is facing a physician shortage in the next five years, creating major challenges for rural communities,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Missouri). “As chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Health and Human Services, I started the Medical Student Education Program to ensure resources were specifically targeted toward improving access to care where it’s needed most. I am glad to see the University of Missouri-Kansas City focusing efforts on addressing that challenge by training more physicians to practice medicine in rural and underserved areas. This is great news for UMKC and the St. Joseph community.”

Typically, physicians remain in the areas where they go to medical school, and 80 percent of UMKC School of Medicine students are from Missouri and the surrounding counties, said Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., dean of the school. “The disparities in care in rural areas result in higher rates of death, disability and chronic disease for rural Americans. Expansion of our medical school to the northwestern region of our state will serve to bridge this gap, knowing that students training in rural programs are three times as likely to remain in practice in those areas.”

While the UMKC School of Medicine is known for its innovative six-year B.A./M.D. program that admits students directly from high school, it will offer a four-year M.D. program in St. Joseph open to students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree. This M.D. track option has been part of the school tradition since opening its doors almost 50 years ago.

“I am glad to see the University of Missouri- Kansas City focusing efforts on addressing that challenge by training more physicians to practice medicine in rural and underserved areas. This is great news for UMKC and the St. Joseph community.” – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt

The new program in St. Joseph will expand the UMKC School of Medicine M.D. program by adding 20 students in St. Joseph to each cohort of about 100 students in Kansas City, said Steven Waldman, M.D., J.D., program director and principal investigator on the grant, and vice dean and chair of Humanities at the UMKC School of Medicine. The co-investigators on the grant are Michael Wacker, Ph.D., associate dean of academic affairs, and Paula Monaghan-Nichols, Ph.D., associate dean of research administration, both from the UMKC School of Medicine. The four-year program eventually will allow the UMKC School of Medicine to train 80 additional medical students.

In addition to the grant, the expansion is possible because of a partnership with Mosaic Life Care, located in St. Joseph. Mosaic is one of the largest private rural primary-care networks in the U.S. and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Students will be able to learn and train in Mosaic’s rural healthcare network.

“The receipt of this federal grant, as well as the partnership, will allow the UMKC School of Medicine to expand our mission of training superlative physicians and health-care professionals to care for our most vulnerable populations,” Waldman said. “The addition of the UMKC School of Medicine’s St. Joseph campus will greatly enrich rural health-care education for our students.”

Other partners:

  • Truman Medical Centers, the primary teaching hospital for the school, has a mission dedicated to providing public health and specialty services for those with financial, health or insurance issues that limit access to care in Kansas City. Students, residents and faculty who are based at Truman in Kansas City will be able to learn and teach at Mosaic in St. Joseph and collaborate on care for patients.
  • UMKC Health Sciences District is a partnership of a dozen health-care entities including four UMKC health professions schools. This further expands the district’s reach into rural health care.
  • UMKC STAHR (Students in Training, in Academia, Health and Research) Partnership Program is committed to increasing the number of students from educationally and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are prepared to enter, persist and graduate from a UMKC health sciences degree program. STAHR serves as a mentorship resource to students.

UMKC has a successful track record of creating rural health education programs in Missouri. The UMKC School of Pharmacy includes satellite campuses at the University of Missouri in Columbia and Missouri State University in Springfield.

Pre-requisite Course Evaluation

Eligibility for the M.D. program requires completion of the program’s pre-requisite courses, found by clicking here. In an effort to assist prospective students in evaluating their previous coursework for equivalency to the required pre-requisites, the School of Medicine Office of Admissions has provided information below for courses that have previously been evaluated for equivalency.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high volume of courses offered that may meet the pre-requisite requirements, only courses that have been officially reviewed in the application process are posted below. If you have taken coursework that is not listed below, you may email a syllabus of the course to medicine@umkc.edu for official equivalency approval (and it will be posted below thereafter). This list is continually updated as courses are reviewed for approval.


Indiana University – Bloomington
Iowa State University
James Madison University
Johnson County Community College
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Kansas State University
Kaskaskia College
Lindenwood University
Lipscomb University
Logan College of Chiropractic
Luther College
Marquette University
Maryville University
Master’s College and Seminary
McNeese State University
Metropolitan Community College – Penn Valley
Miami University – Oxford
Michigan State University
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Midwestern State University
Midwestern University – Downers Grove
Midwestern University – Glendale
Minnesota State University – Moorhead
Missouri Southern State University
Missouri State University
Missouri University of Science & Technology
Missouri Western State University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Newman University
Northeastern State University
Northern Illinois University
Northern Michigan University
Northwest Missouri State University
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Norhtwestern University
Oregon State University
Park University
Penn State University
Peralta College
Pittsburg State University
Portland State University
Quincy University
Rockhurst University
Rogers State University
Saint Louis University
San Diego Mesa College
Santa Clara University
Santa Monica College
Southeast Missouri State University
Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
Southern Virginia University
Stanford University
Stephens College
Texas A&M University – College Station
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Texas Christian University
Texas Tech University
Towson University
Troy University
Truman State University


University of Alabama – Birmingham
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of California – Berkeley
University of California – Davis
University of California – Los Angeles
University of California – San Diego
University of California – Santa Barbara
University of Central Florida
University of Central Missouri
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Colorado – Boulder
University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
University of Colorado – Denver and Health Sciences Center
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Houston – Clear Lake
University of Illinois
University of Illinois – Chicago
University of Illinois – Urbana / Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Maryland – College Park
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
University of Missouri – Columbia
University of Missouri – Kansas City
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
University of Nebraska – Omaha
University of Nevada – Las Vegas
University of Nevada – Reno
University of New England
University of North Texas
University of North Texas Health Science Center – Fort Worth
University of Northern Colorado
University of Northern Iowa
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Pennsylvania
University of Saint Francis (IL)
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida – Tampa
University of Southern California
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
University of Wisconsin – Madison
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
University of Wyoming
Vanderbilt University
Washington University
Wayne State University
Webster University (MO)
Western Michigan University
Wichita State University
William Jewell College
William Woods University
Yale University
Young Harris College


Current Student Profiles

Trace Shapiro
Trace Shapiro
Hometown: KCMO
Class of 2023
Specialty Interest: Women's Integrative Medicine
Why did you choose to attend the UMKC School of Medicine?

So many reasons! Docents and Docent Units, peer mentoring, emphasis on research as well as primary care/internal medicine with advanced clinical exposure, accelerated sciences, six sister hospitals (including Children’s Mercy & Truman Level 1 Trauma), and high match rates. Plus, my family lives here, and this is the community I wish to serve once I become a full-fledged doctor!

What have you enjoyed most about your experience?

I am so incredibly impressed with UMKC’s built-in mentor support and guidance, as well as the support and cooperative spirit offered by peers. The medically-oriented student interest groups host frequent hands-on activities and speaker events (e.g. Emergency Medicine, Women’s Medicine, Oncology, Pediatric, etc.). These events not only provide a reprieve from studying, but also serve to augment my learning and allow me to explore interests beyond my determined scope.

Student organizations involved with/honors and awards:

Integrative Medicine, Women in Medicine, Oncology, and Emergency Medicine Interest Groups.

Shelby Larson
Shelby Larson
Program of Study: M.D.
Hometown: Springfield, MO
Class of 2020
College/University Attended: Drury University
Why did you choose to attend the UMKC School of Medicine?

One of the reasons I aimed to attend UMKC was that the school partnered with Drury offering the Med Scholars program for early acceptance into medical school. This program relieved my stress that I saw my peers experiencing when apply to medical school. Additionally, I really enjoyed the idea of the docent team and working together in clinic just months after starting school. My peers at other schools do not get the opportunity to see patients so early in their curriculum, and this unique feature drew me to UMKC. I also love the atmosphere in Kansas City! There’s always something to do and a new restaurant to try.

What have you enjoyed most about your experience at UMKC?

My favorite part of my experience so far has been being a part of Blue 7, my docent unit team. Each docent team is so diverse, and I enjoy learning with and from the other students and my docent, Dr. Shah. I learn a lot in clinic every week, and I love seeing new patients. Plus, I always have people to bounce ideas off of and ask questions. It really is like a little family.  

Student organizations involved with/honors and awards:

I am a member of the Pediatric Interest Group, AMA, and The Osler Society of Greater Kansas City. In my free time, I volunteer with Rose Brooks Domestic Violence Shelter.

Dane Stephens
Dane Stephens
Program of Study: M.D.
Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Class of 2020
College/University Attended: Texas Christian University
Why did you choose UMKC School of Medicine?

I choose UMKC School of Medicine due to its emphasis on early patient interaction and enhanced focus on team-based learning. The early patient interaction began the first week of medical school, and there hasn’t been a week since when I have not seen at least one patient in some capacity! The docent system is incredible and instantly gives you a group of a dozen students spanning through each year of the program. Your docent unit very quickly becomes your go-to source for advice and is a steadfast support system during your medical school years.

What have you enjoyed most?

My weekly time in the clinic has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of my medical school experience at the UMKC School of Medicine. It is an experience that is so unique to UMKC, and you start seeing patients in clinic within 8 months of starting your medical school classes. I can honestly say that I learn more during my time in clinic than if I were to spend that time reading or listening to a lecture alone. The docent experience offers an opportunity to hone my diagnostic skills, EMR skills, and patient interaction skills over the course of 4 years. I know that my time in clinic has already made me more successful in other aspects of medical school as well.

Student organizations involved with/honors and awards:

I am involved in several interest groups. I am the President of the Medical Humanities interest group and in the process of founding another interest group. I am also involved in research and have several active studies going on currently. I am on the board for the Children’s Miracle Network, KC Dance Marathon and also am active in a multitude of volunteer opportunities UMKC School of Medicine provides for its students.

Adiba Matin
Adiba Matin
Program of Study: M.D.
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Class of 2021
College/University Attended: University of Chicago
Why did you choose to attend the UMKC School of Medicine?

Arguably the most important aspect of the medical school search is fit. I loved the idea of gaining valuable clinical exposure and unique opportunities to work closely with esteemed faculty through the docent program. The idea of having autonomy in my medical school curriculum was important to me too and unique to UMKC SOM. Lastly, I wanted to be in a place that felt like home. Kansas City is the perfect balance of big city energy and small-town comfort. To me, the perfect fit was a place where I could follow my own path, where I would be able to thrive but encouraged to excel. For this, I chose UMKC.

What have you enjoyed most about your experience at UMKC?

The best part about UMKC thus far has been the docent program. In my first week of medical school, I was able to have direct, meaningful interactions with patients. This sort of hands-on education with careful guidance has taught me so much in such a short amount of time. It has helped me understand what it really means to serve patients—the responsibility, the barriers, and the ultimate rewards. As a result, I know I will be more perceptive, deliberate, and confident in my future clinical endeavors. Although I have a long road ahead, I am thankful to have this fulfilling experience incorporated early in my medical education because it reminds me why I decided to pursue medicine in the first place.

Student organizations involved with/honors and awards:

In my undergraduate career, I was lucky enough to gain a broad spectrum of experiences that ultimately propelled my desire to pursue medicine. I worked as a scientific editor for the University of Chicago Medicine as well as a clinical research assistant for the Hospitalist Project. In my free time, I was an EMR and became involved in two student-run scientific journals through The Triple Helix, with the intention of promoting scientific discourse on campus. I loved the ability to interact with people through medical science and got to actively take part in improving the health of patients in marginalized communities as a UChicago Fellow for Community and Social Medicine.

At UMKC, I am eager to continue my interests in clinical research, scientific journalism, and service, with the hopes of sparking a few new fires along the way. I am currently a Student Ambassador and involved with Interprofessionalism and Bioethics research. I am excited to be a new member of the Osler Society and the American Medical Association.

Campus Visit Options


The UMKC School of Medicine understands the importance of visiting campus to determine whether the School of Medicine can offer you the right experience for your medical education. There are various options for visiting and learning more about our M.D. Program.

Note: only information about the M.D. program will be shared in this session. For visit options for the combined degree, B.A./M.D. program, access our program visit page.

Virtual M.D. Information Sessions

The School of Medicine offers information sessions for the M.D program, seasonally, once a month. Your visit will consist of a virtual information session and a Q&A with current M.D. students.  Prospective students will have the opportunity to learn more about the docent experience, academic and financial support, and the overall student experience.

If registration becomes full or you are looking to register less than one week prior to the event, please contact the School of Medicine Office of Admissions at medicine@umkc.edu or 816-235-1870.

Your visit will consist of an information session and student-led tour of the School of Medicine. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the docent experience, and academic and financial support, as well as life as an M.D. student at UMKC. Visits are conducted in small groups with other prospective applicants. Guests are welcome, but small children are not advised.

Please note: The information visit does not provide prospective students with an opportunity to review transcripts or discuss future class schedules. A more appropriate source to discuss this information with is an academic advisor at the student’s home institution.

We look forward to introducing you to all that UMKC’s School of Medicine has to offer. For more information on these visits or the program, please contact the School of Medicine Office of Admissions at 816-235-1870 or medicine@umkc.edu.

Costs and Financial Aid

Match Day prep

It is important to take into consideration the cost of your medical education and your individual financial needs. Long-term financial planning should include estimated educational fees, supply costs and room and board.

School of Medicine Estimated Education Fees for 2020-2021

The estimated annual educational fees for 2019-2020 provide estimated financial costs for assistance in planning. These estimated expenses are subject to change without notice. Additional fees may apply.*

M.D. Program Expense Estimate
Academic Fees & Costs Resident Tuition & Fees $34,583
Regional Tuition & Fees** $50,813
Non-Resident Tuition & Fees $67,037
Room & Board (off-campus fall / spring / summer) $14,168
Books & Supplies $3,560

* Additional fees may include fees associated with transportation, immunizations, the United States Medical Licensing Examination and other miscellaneous fees.

** Students who are residents of Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas or Illinois qualify for the regional rate.

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid programs, a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is available through the UMKC Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships or can be found online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

For additional financial aid information, please contact:

UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
1418 Health Sciences Building
2464 Charlotte Street
Kansas City, MO 64108-2718
Phone: 816-235-6781

Robin Totzke
Financial Counselor, School of Medicine

Council on Selection (Admissions Committee)

The intent of the Council on Selection is to identify and select those applicants who demonstrate the ability to fulfill the purpose of a UMKC medical education, to fully develop the core competencies of the School of Medicine: further development of interpersonal and communication skills; cultivation of professional behavior, including moral reasoning and ethical judgment; expansion of medical knowledge to apply both basic and clinical science; utilization of practice-based learning, to diagnose, manage, prevent, and provide continuing care, as well as develop further skills in self-reflection and self-improvement; employ systems-based practice to actively incorporate psychological, social, cultural and economic factors into the practice of medicine; and acquire the attitudes, knowledge and skills required for patient care. These core competencies guide not only the education of a UMKC medical student, but the selection of those students as well. The Council on Selection is responsible for selecting students for admission to the following programs:

  • B.A./M.D. Program
  • M.D. Program
  • O.S./M.D. Program

The Council is also responsible for reviewing candidates for readmission to the UMKC School of Medicine as well as candidates for transfer admission with advanced standing.

The Council on Selection must establish appropriate policies and procedures with regards to the selection of students for medical school. The admissions policies of the Council must guarantee a competitive review process, the individual review of applicants and an open assessment of what the applicant may potentially contribute to the medical community. This process must be applied equally and consistently to all applicants.

The admissions process must provide a holistic review of all applicants. This review should focus on academic achievements and ability, but should also provide an open review of other talents and experiences that relate to potential success in medical school. It is necessary for the Council to review applicants in terms of their potential academic success in medical school, but also in terms of their potential contribution to the medical school community and to the learning experiences of others around them.

With a limited number of seats available in the incoming class, the Council on Selection faces the challenge of selecting future physicians from numerous applicants with strong combinations of academic performance, aptitudes and abilities. This challenge necessitates clear intentions from the Council:


The students who enter the School of Medicine shall be selected from three residency categories: in-state, regional and out-of-state. In-state students are those who are bona fide residents of the State of Missouri according to the residency rules of the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri. Regional students are those students who are classified as residents of Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois, Nebraska or Oklahoma. Out-of-state students are those students who are classified as residents of states outside of the state of Missouri or the regional states. Students from the State of Missouri will be given priority, with over half of the class selected from in-state applicants. Residency status is determined by the UMKC Office of Admissions.


Only students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible to be considered for admission.

Competitive Review:

All applications to the School of Medicine are considered equally in the admissions process. All applications are initially screened by members of the Council on Selection. All applications are screened in the same applicant pool, and the screening process determines which students will be offered the opportunity to interview.

Once interviews are complete, all interviewed applicants are reviewed equally by members of the Council on Selection. The Council on Selection considers each applicant individually within the appropriate applicant pool (in-state, regional or out-of-state), and all applicants are reviewed under the same criteria and expectations. Given the number of highly qualified applicants, both the screening and selection process are competitive.

The selection process for the School of Medicine provides individual review of applicants in both the screening and selection process, competitive review of all applicants and does not adhere to strict requirements or standards as the review of applicants is holistic. The School of Medicine does not adhere to any quotas when considering and selecting students for admission to medical school.

The Holistic Process:

The Council on Selection will utilize a holistic review process, a process that is a flexible and individualized way of assessing applicants. Balanced consideration will be given to the experiences, attributes and metrics as defined by the Council on Selection in alignment with the strategic plan and goals of the School of Medicine. The experiences, attributes and metrics will be considered in combination with how a student might contribute to the School of Medicine and to the profession.

The holistic review process utilized at the School of Medicine is defined by several key concepts:*

  1. The criteria for selecting students are broadly based, but linked to the School of Medicine’s mission and goals, specifically promoting diversity as an essential element to achieving a vibrant health science learning community.
  2. A balance of experiences, attributes and metrics is used to evaluate applicants in order to create a diverse applicant pool, interview pool and student body. The use of experiences, attributes and metrics is applied consistently to all applicants when making admissions decisions.
  3.  In addition to the review of experiences, attributes and metrics, the Council on Selection gives individualized consideration to how each applicant might impact the medical school community and the profession.
  4. Metrics of diversity, such as race, ethnicity or geographic origin, are factors that influence admissions decisions only when aligned with the strategic plan and mission of the School of Medicine and only when considered among the broader mix of experiences, attributes and metrics.**

The review and selection process executed by the Council on Selection evaluates both cognitive and non-cognitive variables. Cognitive variables, such as grade point average, strength of high school curriculum and standardized test scores, are essential in selecting medical students. However, while such cognitive variables are factors in considering applicants, no academic accomplishment of whatever superiority constitutes an entitlement to admission to the UMKC School of Medicine.

Although cognitive variables are considered, it is also important to consider other non-cognitive variables such as passion for medicine, civic or community volunteer experience, and maturity. School of Medicine applicants are evaluated holistically using the following application components:

  • High school or university grade point average
  • Standardized test score
  • High school or university curriculum
  • Personal statement
  • High school or college activities and leadership
  • Health experiences
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Results of the medical school interview
Policy Review:

The admissions policies of the Council on Selection must be reviewed annually by the Council on Selection to ensure fair, equal and consistent evaluation of applicants. Regardless of policy changes, the admission and selection process must remain competitive with individualized and holistic review of applicants.

 A Statement of Diversity

The Council on Selection intends to admit a class of students who can contribute to the diversity of the UMKC medical community, as well as to the profession of medicine. The School of Medicine believes that diversity among peers during medical education prepares students to effectively deliver health care within diverse communities upon graduation.

The Council intends to foster diversity through the selection of candidates for admission to medical school. This will include, but not be limited to, admitting students from different racial and ethnic origins, socioeconomic backgrounds, rural and urban communities, academic backgrounds, as well as students who can contribute to the experience of medical education through different personal experiences such as overcoming hardship, demonstrating extensive involvement within the community, possessing multilingual abilities, and/or exhibiting different life experiences that may contribute to achieving diversity.

*Definition and concepts taken from: 

Association of American Medical Colleges: Holistic Review Project, 2011.

**Under federal law and as permitted by the State of Missouri
and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

M.D. Program Transfer with Advance Standing


The UMKC School of Medicine offers the opportunity for students wishing to complete the clinical components of their medical education to apply for transfer admission with advanced standing. Students interested in this program would be considered for transfer admission into the fifth year of our six-year program. Students accepted for transfer admission with advanced standing must complete two years of medical education at the UMKC School of Medicine. Due to the small size of UMKC’s MD program, it is very rare to have an open spot available for a transfer student. Currently, there are no openings available for transfer students. Should openings become available, application information will be posted here.

To be considered for transfer admission with advanced standing, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled at an accredited allopathic medical school located in the United States.
  • Applicants must be in good standing at the time of application. Students dismissed from medical school are not eligible for consideration.
  • Applicants must be eligible to transfer into the fifth year of our six year program (must have completed two years of traditional medical school).
  • Applicants must have completed required pre-medical coursework at an accredited college or university in the United States and the following pre-clinical coursework:
  • Gross anatomy
  • Embryology
  • Histology
  • Neuroscience
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Pathology
  • Physical diagnosis.
  • Applicants must take USMLE Step 1 and must pass Step 1 on the first attempt.
  • The USMLE Step 1 score must be received by the Council on Selection no later than the first Friday in June.
  • Because the USMLE Step 1 score may not be available at the time of initial application, a limited number of students may be invited to interview prior to receipt of their Step 1 score.
  • No student will be offered admission or allowed to matriculate to the School of Medicine without providing a USMLE Step 1 score, passed on the first attempt.
  • All applications, letters of recommendation, transcripts and USMLE Step 1 score, if available, must be submitted to the School of Medicine Office of Admissions between December 1 and February 1.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. International students are not accepted to the School of Medicine.

Admissions Timeline


In light of COVID-19 restrictions, all current admissions deadlines currently stand as indicated below; however, we are dedicated to ensuring flexibility in our response to the challenges our applicants are facing during this pandemic. The Office of Admissions will continue to monitor the situation, should changes need to be made to our process. Please contact us if you run into difficulties meeting admissions requirements or with additional questions you may have.

May 1: Application is Available.

Applicants must complete both the AMCAS application and the general application for admission to UMKC.

August 1: Application Deadline.

The AMCAS application must be submitted by this date. The General Application for Admission to UMKC priority deadline is August 1st, but applications will continue to be accepted through September 1st. The last MCAT score accepted for initial application review is the August 15th MCAT. Letters of recommendation must also be submitted through the AMCAS Letter of Recommendation Service by this date.

August 15: AMCAS Transcript Deadline.

All transcripts must be received official to AMCAS by August 15. If transcripts are not received by AMCAS prior to August 15 the application will not be processed.

September 1: AMCAS Verified Deadline and General Application Final Deadline

The AMCAS application must be submitted and verified by this date. AMCAS applications submitted by August 1 but verified after September 1 will be considered late and reviewed with other late applicants on a space available basis. Upon verification, applicants will be sent an invitation to complete the supplemental application (UMKC School of Medicine portal) with Technical Standards and final submission. The General Application to UMKC must also be submitted by September 1st and General Applications submitted after September 1st will not be reviewed.

September: Offers to Interview are Extended.

Applicants selected for an interview or placed on the interview waitlist will be notified electronically. Applicants not selected for an interview will also be notified electronically.

September – October: Interviews Take Place.

All applicants selected for interview must select and confirm a date for interview. All applicants must interview in-person at the School of Medicine. Phone interviews are not permitted.

October: Offers of Admission are Extended.

Candidates being offered admission will be notified electronically of their acceptance to the program. Students placed on the alternate list or denied to the program will also be notified at this time. All admission decisions are communicated via email. Admission decisions are not communicated via phone. All decisions of the Council on Selection are final.

January: Classes Begin.

Students who have been offered admission and who have accepted the offer of admission will matriculate to the School of Medicine in January.

*If a date falls over a weekend, the deadline will be moved to the next business day.

M.D. Program Admissions Requirements


In light of COVID-19 restrictions, all current admissions requirements currently stand as indicated below. We are dedicated to ensuring flexibility in our response to the challenges our applicants are facing during this pandemic. The Office of Admissions will continue to monitor the situation, should changes need to be made to our process. Please contact us if you run into difficulties meeting admissions requirements or with additional questions you may have.

The requirements for admission are governed by the School of Medicine Council on Selection, the admissions committee for the School of Medicine. The Council on Selection is composed of faculty, administration and students who screen applications, determine which candidates will be offered an interview and make all final admission decisions. Admission decisions are based on an individualized and holistic review of applications.

Although out-of-state students are welcome to apply to the M.D. Program, preference and priority consideration is given to in-state students from the state of Missouri as well as to regional students from the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Applicants offered admission to the M.D. program begin medical school coursework in January.

  • Have earned, or will soon earn, a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree awarded from a regionally-accredited college or university located in the United States.
  • Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the AMCAS BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics coursework).
  • Completed the following pre-requisite courses with a grade of B (see note) or better:
    • One semester of biochemistry (upper level course)
    • One semester of genetics
    • One semester of cell biology
      • These courses must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university located in the United States.
      • These courses must be completed within 5 years of the application deadline.
  • Note: we strongly advise taking pre-requisite courses for a grade if possible, however, we will not penalize applicants for circumstances outside of their control for classes taken during the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 semesters as pass/fail. Additionally, on UMKC’s supplemental application, there will be a section where you can address how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted you and your candidacy for admission. We encourage applicants to utilize this space for the Admissions Committee to review, specifically outlining circumstances and providing justification or documentation, when possible.

The Council on Selection may allow a student to complete one of the required courses in the fall semester before matriculating into the program in January. Any offers of admission will be contingent upon the successful completion of the required course. Once enrolled in the course, a student must submit a transcript to the Council on Selection showing this course in progress. A final transcript with the final grade in this course must also be submitted upon completion of the course.

MCAT Score
  • The Medical College Admission Test is required.
  • A minimum MCAT score of 500 is required.
  • MCAT scores must have been earned within three years of the application deadline.
  • The latest MCAT score accepted for initial application review is the August 15 MCAT (in light of COVID-19 test cancellations).
  • If a student is selected for an interview, the latest MCAT score accepted for final review by the Council on Selection is the September MCAT.
  • UMKC School of Medicine MCAT code: 808
Holistic Review of Applications

Admission to the School of Medicine is based on a combination of academic performance and potential to further develop the core competencies of the School of Medicine. The Council on Selection reviews a candidate’s personal characteristics and experiences, in addition to academic information. The Council reviews the candidate’s personal statement, co-curricular and health-related activities, letters of recommendation and results of the interview. There is no one component of the application that will guarantee a candidate an interview or an offer of admission.

Admissions Eligibility

In order to be considered for admission to the M.D. program, applicants for admission must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
    • Permanent resident status must be achieved by August 1 of the year before the spring term for which applicant is applying. A copy of the permanent resident card must accompany the general application for admission.
    • International students are not eligible for admission to the M.D. program.
  • Must not have been enrolled as a medical student at another medical school or at the UMKC School of Medicine.