Applicants are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university that is located in and accredited in the U.S. or Canada. Applicants who have not graduated from an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution, but who completed a minimum of two (2) years in such an institution, including all of the prerequisites, may be considered to be eligible and should bring the details of their record to the attention of the Committee on Admissions. Applicants currently enrolled in a professional or graduate school program must be in the terminal year of the degree program to be considered for admission to the first year class and all applicants are expected to complete any academic program in which they are enrolled at any time during the application process. Individuals who have previously matriculated at another medical school are not eligible to apply to BUSM. Due to the retention of the current student body, Boston University School of Medicine does not have any slots available for advanced standing in the second or third classes.
Initial Application: American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
BUSM Supplemental Application: All applicants who select BUSM on their AMCAS application will be invited by email to complete our supplemental application. We do not prescreen applicants prior to sending out secondary applications.
One year of the following:
- English Composition or Literature (or other writing intensive course(s) )
- Biological Sciences with Lab (intro or advanced)
- Physics (intro or advanced)
Applicants may meet our chemistry requirement in any of the following ways, as long as the sequence chosen meets the chemistry requirements of your undergraduate institution:
|Chemistry w/Lab||Organic Chemistry w/Lab||Biochemistry|
|Option 1||2 Semesters||2 Semesters||1 Semester
|Option 2||2 Semesters||1 Semester||1 Semester|
|Option 3||1 Semester||2 Semesters||1 Semester|
All prerequisites must be completed before a student can matriculate at BUSM. We generally prefer that applicants take these courses at a 4-year undergraduate institution rather than utilize advanced placement credits. We discourage the use of online courses for any prerequisites. This applies to CLEP, community college, and junior college courses as well. If an applicant chooses to use any of these options, rather than taking a course in-person at a 4 year accredited college, he/she will be asked to explain the circumstances as a part of their BUSM secondary application. The Committee on Admissions will then consider the matter as a part of its comprehensive review of the application. If an applicant has placed out of a required college level course, we will also accept another course in that discipline at the same or higher level.
Applicants are urged to acquire a broad experience in the humanities, as well as in the behavioral and social sciences during their college years. In particular, we believe that course work in Mathematics (particularly statistics), Biochemistry, Social and Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology), Genetics, and Molecular Biology is important. We encourage all applicants to follow their own interests whether in the arts or in the sciences, and applicants are generally well advised to refrain from modifying their undergraduate course selections in an effort to anticipate subject matter that will be studied in medical school.
Letters of Recommendation
Those applicants who attend, or who have recently graduated from, an undergraduate institution or a post-baccalaureate premedical program which offers a Health Professions Advisory Committee letter should submit a letter from this committee. If no such institutional letter is available, the applicant should explain this on the BUSM supplemental application and substitute a minimum of three individual letters, two of which must be from a professor who has taught you in Biology, Chemistry or Physics (or other similar classes). The third letter can be from a person of your choice and need not be academic in nature. Applicants to the MD PhD program, should submit a fourth letter from a research advisor. The secondary application will not be considered complete until we have received all required letters, on official institutional letterhead and with a hand-written signature.
If you are enrolled in, or have completed, a formal, degree-granting program of graduate study, please provide a letter from your thesis adviser or a graduate professor for non-thesis programs in addition to the undergraduate letter requirement. If you are in your initial semester of the graduate program, a proof of enrollment letter with expected graduation date is sufficient. If you are engaged in research, either as a part of a degree program or in any other substantive way, a letter from your research supervisor would be appreciated. In total, the Committee prefers no more than five (5) total letters be submitted with each application.
Boston University School of Medicine accepts letters electronically through the AMCAS Letter Service only. AMCAS will accept letters from users of VirtualEvals, Interfolio and via the US Postal Service. The address to which letters should be sent is located on the AMCAS Letters Request Form. For more information on this process, please visit AMCAS Letters FAQ.
Each letter listing is REQUIRED to have its own AMCAS pdf letter request with a unique AMCAS Letter ID. Reusing a letter request for multiple letter writers, will result in letter delivery errors.
All applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and should communicate directly with the Association of American Medical Colleges for information concerning these examinations. Applicants who have not taken the MCAT by September 14, 2019 cannot be considered for entry in 2019. The oldest MCAT scores considered for entry in 2020 will be the April 2016 tests. Applicants are encouraged to take the MCAT in the spring of the year of application and to have most of the basic science requirements completed at the time of application. While we do our best to give equal consideration to all applications that are completed prior to our published deadlines, we have a very large applicant pool and early applications may be more likely to receive a favorable review.
CASPer an online test which assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics is recommended for the 2019-2020 cycle. It may be required in the 2020-2021 cycle.
Please go to www.takeCASPer.com, and select 2019-2020 Admissions Cycle to sign up for the American Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10101 ) and reserve a test.
Latest CASPer accepted test date for 2020 cycle: November 19, 2019
Accepted students are required to request final official transcripts from all universities from which a degree was earned be sent to Boston University School of Medicine. These transcripts must contain the degree earned and date earned.