Program Information

The Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) Early Medical School Selection Program (EMSSP) is designed to prepare students to better navigate the transition to medical school through rigorous undergraduate coursework, early exposure to the medical school curriculum and culture and the development of a unique and supportive community.  Admission through the EMSSP grants provisional acceptance into Boston University School of Medicine at the completion of undergraduate study.

BUSM is an urban school affiliated with a teaching hospital that serves a majority minority population.  Its primary mission is to prepare culturally competent, clinically excellent physicians to meet the health care needs of a diverse population.  BUSM has a legacy of providing high quality medical education and opportunities to minorities and women.


Students accepted into the EMSSP remain at their undergraduate colleges through their junior year.  Through curriculum planning with the program director the student will complete a program of study at their home institution that will best prepare them to spend their senior year at Boston University (BU).


Students enroll in six weeks of summer courses at BU in the summer prior to their junior year and eight weeks of coursework at BU including a formal Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) preparatory course prior to their senior year.

Senior Year

The senior year is spent at BU enrolled in a combination of undergraduate and graduate level courses.  During the senior year students retain degree candidacy at their home institutions while participating in individualized programs of study at BU, satisfying the undergraduate academic requirements and enrolling in graduate level coursework that is the foundation for the first year medical school curriculum.  The academic challenge at the BU undergraduate campus and the exposure to the graduate level courses in the senior year allow a decompressed transition facilitated by familiarity with the rigorous study schedule and a greater comfort with the course work.  In addition, the students are familiar with Boston, the medical school campus and community.


After earning a baccalaureate degree from the home institution, a student who performed at the prescribed level will matriculate at Boston University School of Medicine the next academic year. Upon completion of the medical school requirements the degree of Doctor of Medicine is granted by Boston University.

Dual Degree Programs

Students applying for admission to the EMSSP are eligible to pursue programs of study leading to a combined MD/PhD, MD/MPH, MD/MBA, MD/JD, and MD/MSCI degrees.

Partner Schools

BUSM has written agreements with the following schools for the Early Medical School Selection Program:

  • Chaminade University
  • Clark-Atlanta University         
  • Dillard University                          
  • Hampton University                        
  • Morehouse College                          
  • Morgan State University                  
  • North Carolina Central University  
  • Spelman College
  • Tougaloo College
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of the Virgin Islands
  • Virginia Union University