Application Process

Applications for admission to the University of Massachusetts Medical School are submitted on-line through the American Medical College Application Service. (AMCAS).   Please review application submission deadlines for the MD and MD/PhD programs.  

Applicants are encouraged to apply early! 
AMCAS requires 4-6 weeks to verify applications. Submission of applications to AMCAS by the MD and MD/Phd program deadlines does not guarantee that your application will reach us in time for applicants to complete secondary forms to meet the posted deadlines. Extensions will not be granted for late applications.

The Admissions Committee will review completed applications when all supporting documents have been received:

  • Verified AMCAS applicationnewstudents
    • Use of third parties, companies or professional services for writing personal statements is strongly discouraged and considered a breach of ethical conduct. Contracting with such services would not be considered compatible with ethical standards in the practice of medicine.  
  • Letters of Recommendation:
  • We will accept the following letters to complete your application:
    • A letter of recommendation from the applicant's pre-medical advisory committee-preferred.  If you do not have a pre-med advisor or committee applicants will have the opportunity to explain on our secondary forms why a committee letter was not provided.
    • Two (2) letters from pre-requisite science instructors-accepted in the event the applicant is unable to provide a commitee letter.  We may consider letters from academic mentors or advisors preferably in the physical or biomedical sciences.  
    •  Letters from commercial advisors are discouraged and are not a substitute for this requirement. 

Applicants should send all letters of recommendation directly to the AMCAS Letter Service who will forward the letters to our office electronically. AMCAS will accept letters from users of VirtualEvals, Interfolio, and via the US Postal System.   If you have a question about whether or not your advising office uses VirtualEvals, please contact your undergraduate advising office.  

When we have received all letters from all letter writers listed on the AMCAS application we will mark the on-line checklist as complete.  Please allow at least 1 week processing time.  

  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) exam results.  
    • Applications will not be considered complete until scores from the last expected MCAT date on the AMCAS application are received. UMMS will accept scores up to three years prior to the time of application.  We will accept and consider MCAT scores from 1/1/13 to the end of September, 2016 for 2017 matriculation.  
  • UMMS Supplemental Application Forms.
    • Upon receipt of the AMCAS verified application, applicants are sent an email with directions for completing the on-line secondary form (Note: Electronic application files are received weekly):
      • Supplemental Form (includes a series of short essays)
      • Residency Validation form-Please review our Massachusetts Residency Classification Policy  to determine if you qualify for in-state tuition and fees.   Applicants who wish to be considered for in-state tuion and fees must complete the Residency Validation Form.  All applicants must also be US citizens, permanent residents or have approved DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status.
      • Phd Information Release Authorization (for applicants to the MD/Phd program only).
      • Application to the PURCH Track
      • Technical Standards Acknowledgement
  • Application Fee
      • MD program applicants must submit a non-refundable $100 application fee.  Payment must be submitted on-line or a personal (through the Oracle portal), bank check or money order mailed to the admissions office. Please enter your AMCAS ID# on your check.  This fee is waived for MD/Phd program applicants. We will waive our $100 application fee if you are granted an AMCAS fee waiver. 

Completed Applications:

Applicants will be able to view an on-line check list to view if applications are complete or which items have not been received. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required documents are received. Applicants will also be able to follow the status of their application through the status bar on the Oracle portal self service page.  

Once complete, each application is reviewed by the Admissions Committee which is composed of faculty representing various disciplines from the basic and clinical sciences and four medical students.   The University adheres strictly to all applicable state and federal regulations relating to non-discrimination and equal opportunity.   Interviews are conducted in Worcester at the invitation of the committee.  Applicants experience the multiple mini interview (MMI).   PURCH Track applicants will also be required to visit the Baystate Medical Center Sprinfield campus for traditional 1:1 interviews.  We employ a rolling admissions process whereby applicants are reviewed by the Admissions Committee throughout the admissions cycle and are notified as soon as a decision has been made.  

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