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Below you'll find a list of specific requirements you’ll want to review before applying to the University of Michigan Medical School. 

We know you’ve got a lot of questions, so we’ve also compiled a list of the most common ones we hear along with informative responses. We encourage you to review these first, and then let us know if we can answer any remaining questions.

Admission Requirements

Each University of Michigan Medical School applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States,
  • Have completed at least a four-year high school education or equivalent,
  • Have completed at least 90 hours of college course work, of which 60 must be from an accredited U.S. based institution, and
  • Have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Subject Requirements

These are the premedical coursework requirements for matriculation into the University of Michigan Medical School. Grades below "C" will not be accepted in any of the following required courses:

    • 1 year of Inorganic Chemistry with any laboratory experience
    • 1 year of Organic Chemistry with any laboratory experience
    • 1 semester (or quarter) of Biochemistry
    • 1 year of Biology with any laboratory experience
    • 1 year of Physics with any laboratory experience
    • 2 semesters (3 quarters) of intensive writing courses
    • 6 semesters (9 quarters) of additional non-science courses

*1 year is typically defined as 2 semesters or 3 quarters

In addition to appropriate science preparation, the University of Michigan Medical School encourages students to select from among the following courses during their undergraduate years:

  • Comparative Health Care System
  • Epidemiology
  • Gender and Health
  • Genetics and Cell Biology
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Research and Evaluation
  • Human Physiology
  • Introduction to the American Health Care System
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Medical Ethics
  • Medical Economics or Finance
  • Medical History
  • Medical Sociology
  • Psychology and Sociology of Aging
  • Statistics

The above list indicates minimum requirements, but it should not be inferred that admission is probable for any applicant who meets them.

Since many fields of medicine offer opportunities for those talented in both the humanities and the sciences, students should allow personal interests to dictate their choice of undergraduate major. In general, the study of a few subjects in depth is recommended. We also recommend courses in genetics and cell biology, as these topics contribute to preparation for the Medical School curriculum.

Letters of Recommendation

We require a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation with a maximum of 6. Your recommenders can be any individuals who can objectively assess your personal qualities such as integrity and ethics; reliability and dependability; social, interpersonal and teamwork skills; resilience and adaptability; altruism; and a desire to learn. 

We have no specific requirements regarding how you select these individuals.  However, if you choose to include someone from your academic experiences, we strongly recommend an experienced faculty member (Associate Professor or Professor) rather than a graduate student instructor (GSI).  ALL letters of recommendation must be submitted via the AMCAS Letter Service. During the application process, there will be a section asking for your Letter of Evaluation information. Please consult the AMCAS instructions for additional details and be sure to review the AAMC’s new Letters of Evaluation Guidelines.

At the University of Michigan, we will not accept any letters of recommendation sent directly to the medical school. Any letters we receive will not be accepted, will not be placed in your application file nor will they be retained in any other form.

To summarize:

  • We require a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation with a maximum of 6.
  • Letters of recommendation may come from any individuals you believe can objectively assess your personal qualities.
  • ALL letters need to be submitted using the AMCAS letter service.
  • Do NOT send any letters directly to the University of Michigan Medical School.
  • Any letters sent directly to Michigan will not be accepted nor retained.

Secondary Applications

All applicants will receive a Secondary Application upon receipt of their verified AMCAS application.

Technical Standards

State of Michigan Residency Classification for Tuition Assessment Purposes

The University of Michigan’s tuition structure is two-tiered, reflecting resident and non-resident rates.  Residency status is determined at the University level by U-M’s Office of the Registrar.

You can find the specific guidelines here.

International Applicants

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Permanent residents and U.S. citizens who did not attend U.S. or Canadian schools should complete at least one year, preferably two, in residence at an accredited college in North America. All previous academic credits must be validated by the accredited college.

Students who have been previously enrolled in a medical school program leading to the M.D. degree must be in good standing at that institution in order to receive any consideration for admission to the University of Michigan Medical School as a first-year student.

Advanced Standing & Transfers

Because of the integration of clinical content with basic sciences in our curriculum, there is no provision for advanced placement. The University of Michigan Medical School does not consider any transfer requests.