Application Process

Admissions Office Staff is available for questions via email

Applying in the time of a pandemic:

As we prepare for the coming application cycle, everything and everyone has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that it is confusing and stressful to have tests cancelled, classes moved online, grading policies changed, and plans of all kinds disrupted. We know that for many of you, it feels like years of careful planning are being totally upended. We get it, because we are experiencing these same changes ourselves.

Some reassurance:  Everyone throughout the world is going through the same kind of upheaval. While your plans have changed, so have everyone else’s. We are living it, too. We anticipate applications will come in more slowly, people will take the MCAT later than they intended, and transcripts and activity lists will look different than they have in the past. The good news is that we have the ability to adjust. We can push back the timing of our interviews and still get them all done. Our admissions committee is a highly experienced and thoughtful group. They’ll be able to review this year’s applications and remember that the pass/fail orgo class you ended up with in your senior spring semester probably wasn’t your original plan.

BUSM has always been a leader in holistic review. That means we read every application as a whole, and consider the applicant’s context. We don’t have to change policy to accept a pass-fail grade or waive a requirement for clinical experience.  Our essential question is whether you have demonstrated competence in key subject areas to the degree that suggests you’ll be successful in our curriculum. If one of your plans was derailed, consider how much other work you’ve done in that arena. If a lab was cancelled, but you’ve been doing bench research for a couple of years, that probably demonstrates competence in the lab!  If some of your foundational courses went pass-fail and you’re a history major, consider adding an upper-level science class just to really drive it home that you are a great science student.

About timing and the MCAT specifically:  Happily, we have heard from the AAMC that they are working mightily to ensure that everyone who wanted to test this spring to apply this cycle will be able to do so in time to apply.  We are reassured by this and want to remind you that we read every application we receive, even late in the process.

Please email if you have additional questions.

Regular Admissions

Candidates may apply between late June and November 1, but early application is strongly recommended.

Initial applications are accepted only through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Information and application materials are available at

Supplemental applications are sent to all applicants who select Boston University School of Medicine to receive their AMCAS application.

Early Decision

Early Decision at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) is a binding early decision program and is typically reserved for candidates affiliated with a prearranged linkage program or those with extraordinarily strong academic records as well as some special or extenuating circumstance.  If interested, contact the Office of Admissions via email ( and provide a summary of their academic credentials (GPA and MCAT) as well as a description, in writing, of the circumstances motivating their desire to apply to BUSM early decision.

International Students

International students who have a degree from a US or Canadian accredited institution, located within the US or Canada are welcome to apply.  If you hold a non US or Canadian accredited degree, you must have completed at least 2 years of US or Canadian accredited advanced education, including all prerequisite courses.  Non-US citizens and DACA students should be aware that unfortunately Boston University School of Medicine has limited scholarships and financial aid available for non-US citizens.  We recommend you review the cost of attendance prior to applying.

The International Students and Scholars office can assist international students with visa application questions. Visit the ISSO website or email with questions.