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.
- 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.
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.