Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree (minimum).  Advanced degrees (master's or doctoral) are also considered.  If your degree was obtained outside of the US or Canada, you must take at least one year of coursework in the US or Canada prior to applying. 
  • 30 total BCPM semester credits according to AMCAS achieved in undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate course work
    • At least 8 of these credits must be in a chemistry-based discipline (examples are organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry).  No AP credits will be accepted for these.
    • At least 3 of these credits must be in organic chemistry.  No AP credits will be accepted for these.
    • At least 8 of these credits must be in a biology-based discipline (examples are physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry) No AP credits will be accepted for these.
    • At least 1 lab course in a biology-related discipline and 1 lab course in a chemistry-related discipline (note “course” rather than “credits” to reflect the varying ways lab courses are weighted).
    • The remaining credits may be any combination of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, or math.  No more than 6 AP credits will be accepted toward the remaining total credit requirement. 
    • Prerequisite courses must be taken in-person.  Online courses are not acceptable to fulfill prerequisite requirements.
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Oldest MCAT considered is 3 years prior to anticipated entrance into Stritch School of Medicine.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation are critical in assessing your candidacy for SSOM.  We prefer to have letters from individuals who can honestly and accurately attest to your performance, character, personal qualities, and aptitudes via direct interaction and observation.  We appreciate hearing from individuals who know you well.  We offer guidelines below, and we leave latitude for your judgment as to whom are the ideal persons to help us determine your candidacy for medicine.  In order for your file to be reviewed by the Committee on Admissions at the Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM), please adhere to the following guidelines regarding letters of recommendation.
    • Letters are accepted through the AMCAS letter service. Your file is not complete until we receive all expected letters of recommendation that you indicated in AMCAS. 
    • Any letters sent via postal mail or email may be added to the file as applicant updates upon request, but will not serve to meet the letter requirement.
    • Applicants should submit at least 3 letters, but not more than 6.
    • You may submit a packet from your Premedical Committee with their evaluation AND the original letters used to compile it.  (This fulfils the recommended minimum for letters.)  NOTE: A single committee letter without complete corresponding letters from faculty does not constitute a packet. 
    • A committee letter is preferred, but not required.  If your school does not offer a committee letter, it is not a problem.  If your school offers a committee letter and you DO NOT have one, you may wish to provide a brief explanation in your supplemental application under question 4.  If you have already submitted your supplemental application, you may upload an explanation using the applicant portal. 
    • All original faculty letters must contain signatures.  Letters are preferably on official letterhead.
    • We strongly recommend at least one letter from someone who has taught you in a science class.  We suggest two science faculty letters and one non-science faculty letter.
    • If you have transferred during your undergraduate career, you may wish to include at least one letter from a faculty member at the previous school(s) you attended.
    • If you are or were a graduate student, it is in your best interest to request a letter from your graduate advisor and/or any appropriate professors.
    • Although confidential letters of evaluation are of most use to the Committee on Admissions, it is not required that you waive your right of access to these letters. It is necessary, however, that you inform all appropriate parties of your decision to waive or not waive your right of access to letters of evaluation written on your behalf.
    • You may wish to submit a letter from a supervisor or professional contact.  This is acceptable and generally helpful, especially if the person knows you well and can speak to your qualifications for medicine.  These letters are most helpful when accompanied by letters from faculty who have taught you in a classroom or laboratory setting.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold a permanent resident visa, or be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application.
  • Applicants enrolled in advanced degree programs must expect to complete their degrees prior to matriculation.
  • Although first-time applicants who are unsuccessful in gaining admission may reapply, third applications are not encouraged and will be considered only if significant improvement is evident.
  • The applicant’s academic record should exhibit a continued interest in learning and an ability to successfully tackle intellectual challenges. Any undergraduate major can prepare students for the rigors of medical school. We strongly recommend, however, that a student’s undergraduate years include liberal arts and science courses, as a broad education will serve them well throughout their life. We also require that students possess basic computer skills, as much of their course work at the Stritch School of Medicine requires these basic skills.
  • Online classes, free or tuition based, do not fulfill premedical course requirements.
  • Premedical coursework must be taken for a letter grade, not pass/fail.  If an applicant's university requires the first semester to be pass/fail and a premedical course is taken, the applicant must take an additional course in the same area of equivalent credits for a letter grade.
  • Community college courses are accepted as fulfilling premedical requirements, but the committee strongly recommends at least 12 hours of science coursework from a four-year university or graduate program.
  • If enrolled full time and seeking an undergraduate degree, applicants must complete at least 75% of their premedical courses at the university from which the degree would be granted.
  • Requests for exceptions to premedical course requirements must be submitted in writing and approved by the Executive Admissions Committee prior to interview.