Selection Criteria

Pathways 2008

The School of Medicine’s admission policy promotes the UMMS mission by offering a high-quality, accessible medical education to those qualified residents of the state who will best serve the commonwealth’s health care needs through medical practice, public service, education and research.

A committee composed of representative faculty members and medical students determines selection for admission. A number of factors are carefully considered in the committee’s review of each applicant’s qualifications and in the selection of a matriculating class that will represent a broad and diverse spectrum of individuals, backgrounds and interests. These factors include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • prior academic performance
  • content and breadth of scholastic preparation
  • standardized test performance (MCAT)
  • service activities which indicate an ability to work with people in a helping role
  • a baccalaureate degree
  • certified legal residency in the commonwealth of Massachusetts (application to the MD/PhD Program is not restricted to residents of Massachusetts).  Please visit this page for more information regarding Determination of Massachusetts Residency Policy 
  • diversity in a variety of areas, including, but not limited to, socio-economic background, educational background, work experience, nationality, languages spoken, ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Also considered in diversity are students from disadvantaged backgrounds and “resiliency” in terms of positive capacity to cope with stress and adversity
  • extracurricular accomplishments
  • oral communication and interpersonal skills as documented in letters of support and in the interview
  • written communication skills as determined by academic performance, standardized testing and materials submitted in the application package
  • achievement in scientific research and/or medically related service
  • evidence of motivation and preparedness for medicine
  • attributes and values deemed necessary for physicians, including honesty, altruism, compassion, flexibility, maturity, intellectual curiosity, self-awareness, ability for self-directed learning and ability to work as a member of a team

Students in DRIn consideration of these factors described above, the University of Massachusetts Medical School encourages students to pursue a pre-medical education of considerable breadth including such course work as English literature and composition, foreign languages, history, economics, ethics, and the fine arts. All students must complete the course work identified on the Academic Requirements webpage demonstrating strong performance in the biological and physical sciences, as a sound foundation for pursuing further study in the medical sciences.Student sitting

 No single program that can be recommended as the "best" or "preferred" plan of study. Candidates are therefore encouraged to select educational programs that best reflect individual interests and aptitudes. Whenever possible, advanced study in a field of interest is encouraged, with particular emphasis on activities involving independent study.

Students who are granted advanced placement credits for course work taken in secondary school are advised to take additional college level programs in these subject areas.

A Baccalaureate MD Pathway Program is now available for students enrolled in the undergrduate programs at the UMASS Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth and Lowell Campuses.  For additional information about the program and its requirements, interested students should contact the Office of Admissions at the respective campuses and our website.