Applying for Admission

The UMKC School of Medicine offers a MSA Scholars Program that would offer early and guaranteed admission to college students interested in applying to the Master of Science Anesthesia Program.  Admission is guaranteed to those students offered admission through the MSA Scholars Program, who earn their undergraduate degree from a partner institution and successfully complete all final matriculation requirements.

This program would offer early admission for students currently in their junior year of college who attend the following universities:

  • University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • University of Missouri – Columbia
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Avila University
  • Truman State University
  • Rockhurst University

An application will NOT be reviewed until all supporting documents have been received. When all application materials have been received, the MSA admissions committee will review all complete applications. All application materials must be postmarked by August 15.

Students applying for admission to the MSA Scholars program should submit the following documents to: medicine@umkc.edu.

  • The School of Medicine Scholars Application
  • Official college transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé or CV
  • Shadowing Experience Verification Form,
    • Verifying at least ten (10) hours of shadowing an anesthesiologist, an AA or a CRNA for the MSA program. (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, shadowing is recommended, but not required for the 2020 application cycle.)
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be submitted from a faculty member.

After the review of all complete applications by the MSA admissions committee, candidates will be selected for interview.  If selected for an interview, applicants will be required to be present at the date and time of the interview.  All applicants invited to interview must interview in person at the School of Medicine. Phone interviews will not be permitted.

After all applicants invited have been interviewed, the MSA admissions committee will extend offers of guaranteed admission to those candidates who best qualify for the MSA Scholars Program. Applicants will be notified in writing of the decisions. Once admitted  to the MSA Scholars Program, a student would then have a seat in the MSA program for the appropriate term after graduating with a baccalaureate degree, pending successful completion of final matriculation requirements.

The MSA admissions committee reserves the right to not admit any applicants from a partner institution in a given year.

Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for the MSA Scholars program, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Attend an institution with whom UMKC has partnered to offer the MSA Scholars program:
    • University of Missouri – Kansas City
    • University of Missouri – Columbia
    • University of Missouri – St. Louis
    • Missouri University of Science and Technology
    • Avila University
    • Truman State University
    • Rockhurst University
  • Obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at the time of application.
    • Students must earn a grade of B- or better in all science coursework.  Students who do not earn a B- or better in all science coursework will not be eligible for admission.
  • Complete at least ten (10) hours of shadowing an anesthesiologist, an AA, or a CRNA. (Recommended, not required for the 2020 application cycle, due to COVID-19 restrictions.)
Application review and selection process

Students should submit the following applications and application materials to medicine@umkc.edu.

  • School of Medicine MSA Scholars application
  • College and/or university transcripts displaying grades through the point of application
  • Essay (Applicants are welcome to address how COVID-19 has impacted their application for the 2020 cycle.)
  • Résumé or CV
  • A Minimum of three letters of recommendation.  At least one letter must be submitted from a faculty member
  • Shadowing Experience Verification Form
    • Must verify at least ten (10) hours of shadowing an anesthesiologist, an AA, or a CRNA for the MSA program.

Note: the required shadowing hours may not be fulfilled within employment, internship, or class experiences.

To review a step-by-step guide to the application process, please visit https://med.umkc.edu/msa/scholars/apply/

Final Requirements for Students Offered Admission to the MSA Scholars Program

Matriculation to the School of Medicine Master of Science in Anesthesia Program is contingent upon meeting the following requirements:

  • Earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the following pre-requisite courses:
    • Two semesters of biology with lab
    • Two semesters of general chemistry with lab
    • One semester of organic chemistry I with lab
    • One semester of organic chemistry II with lab,
    • Two semesters of physics (sophomore level) with lab
    • One semester of biochemistry (upper-level)
    • One semester of human anatomy
    • One semester of physiology
      • One semester of human anatomy and physiology (4+ credit-hour course) may be accepted for one semester of human anatomy and one semester of physiology
    • Two semesters of mathematics (calculus, pre-calculus, statistics, college algebra, or trigonometry)
    • One course in medical terminology
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Earn a combined MCAT score of 494 on the 2015 MCAT or a combined score of 300 on the GRE.
  • Earn a baccalaureate degree from a partner institution prior to entering the School of Medicine MSA program.
    • Students must earn a grade of B- or better in all pre-requisite coursework.
  • At graduation, provide a letter of support from an academic advisor or faculty member addressing professionalism.
  • Submit to and pass a criminal background check prior to matriculation.
  • Submit the School of Medicine MSA Technical Standards.
  • Submit the UMKC General Application for Admission.
  • Submit the CASAA application.

Admissions Timeline

April 1: MSA Scholars Program Application becomes available

The School of Medicine Scholars Program Application becomes available April 1 of each year. Current college students may apply to the program during the summer between their junior and senior year of college.

August 15: Application deadline

The School of Medicine Scholars program application is due by this date. All supporting documents must also be postmarked by this date, including college transcripts, personal statement, resume, and letters of recommendation.

September: Offers to interview are extended

Offers to interview will be extended via email.

Late September: Interviews take place

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

October: Offers of admission are extended

Students being offered early and guaranteed admission will be mailed an admissions packet notifying them of their acceptance and outlining the requirements of the MSA Scholars program. Students not offered early and guaranteed admission will also be notified in writing via U.S. mail.

MSA Scholars Program

The UMKC School of Medicine offers an MSA Scholars program that would offer early and guaranteed admission to college students interested in applying to the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program.  Admission is guaranteed to those students offered admission through the MSA Scholars Program, who earn their undergraduate degree from a partner institution and successfully complete all final matriculation requirements.

This program would offer early admission for students currently in their junior year of college who attend the following universities:

  • University of Missouri – Kansas City
  • University of Missouri – Columbia
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Avila University
  • Truman State University
  • Rockhurst University

Once admitted to the MSA Scholars Program, a student would then have a seat in the MSA program for the appropriate term after graduating with a baccalaureate degree, pending successful completion of final matriculation requirements.

MSA students enter the program in January each year, and begin the 29-month curriculum.