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Academic Requirements

Academic Requirements for the entering class of 2021

**Outlined below are adjustments we have made to our processes in light of COVID-19. Please contact the Office of Admissions at if you have any questions.**


    At this time the University of Massachusetts SOM Admissions Office is accepting Pass/Fail grades for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters, during the time frame when students educational experiences and academic evaluations are impacted by the COVID19 pandemic.

    Grades are preferred, but Pass/Fail is acceptable when this is the only option students are offered by their institutions. Likewise, online coursework is acceptable during time frames when distance learning is the only option for students.

    As always, students’ academic preparedness for medical school is evaluated holistically and includes a number of factors such as: GPA, trajectory of GPA, rigor of coursework and MCAT performance. 

    The impact of COVID19 on the next admissions cycle is uncertain. We will be flexible and follow AAMC policies. Currently the AAMC has not changed deadlines for the 2021 Early Decision or regular cycle.

    There are no anticipated changes in the current 2020 Please visit the AAMC site for updated information.

    Our Admissions Committee is meeting (remotely) as scheduled. We have not cancelled any meetings because of COVID-19. 
  • LOR:

    We expect that LOR and committee letters will be provided for applicants. We expect that applicants will provide committee letters when this is available to them. As before, we will accept individual letters when premed committee letters are not available from the applicant’s institution.


Academic requirements for applying to the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine are outlined below. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university located in the US or Canada is required. All applicants must have obtained their degree prior to matriculation into the School of Medicine.

Applicants who have graduated from a foreign college or university must have completed a minimum of one full year of study in biomedical sciences at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university prior to submitting their application to the School of Medicine.    

The year of study may include completion of:

  • Required courses listed below. Foreign graduates applying post-undergraduate school must complete required courses at an accredited US or Canadian college. 
  • Post-Baccalaureate Program in Biomedical Sciences
  • Terminal degree (Master’s, PhD) in Biomedical Sciences

Required science coursework should be completed within six years prior to School of Medicine application and in a classroom based setting. Recent graduates, up to 3 years prior to application, would still meet the time frame for completing pre-requisite courses. Exceptions may be made for applicants who worked in or studied biomedical sciences after college graduation. CLEP credit may not be used to satisfy these requirements. All required coursework must be evaluated by traditional grading and not by a pass/fail system.

Applicants who are attending/have attended a college or university on a quarter system should complete at least 3 quarters to meet our 1 year/2 semester requirement for all prerequisite coursework.  

Advanced placement (AP) credit in required coursework is accepted, however, the credit awarded must be stated on the transcript and AMCAS application. Upper level undergraduate science coursework is encouraged, especially for applicants who received AP credit for required courses. International Baccalaureate (IB) credits will be accepted for the English requirement if stated on the transcript and AMCAS application. IB credits will not be accepted for any math or science required coursework. Precalculus will not be accepted as part of our 1 semester of calculus requirement

Courses in the humanities and social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology) are strongly encouraged. Although most applicants are science or math majors, no major is preferred.

Applicants 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 School of Medicine. Applicants are expected to complete the academic program in which they are enrolled at any time during the application process and prior to School of Medicine matriculation. Individuals who have previously matriculated at another medical school are not eligible to apply to UMMS. 

Applicants, those in Post-Baccalaureate Programs or taking post-bacc courses are strongly encouraged to complete requirements in a class-based setting at a four-year degree granting institution during the academic school year.


Required Courses

General Biology or Zoology (with lab)

2 semesters or 1 year

General Physics (with lab)

2 semesters or 1 year

English composition, literature or writing intensive course

2 semesters or 1 year

Calculus (Pre-calculus is not considered an acceptable substitution for this requirement)

1 semester


1 semester


Required Chemistry Sequences: Applicants may meet the chemistry requirement in one of the following ways:

4 or 5 semesters or 2-2.5 years


General (Inorganic) Chemistry with Lab

Organic Chemistry with Lab



Sequence 1

2 semesters

2 semesters

1 semester

Sequence 2

2 semesters

1 semester

1 semester

Sequence 3

1 semester

2 semesters

1 semester

Revised June 2018