Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

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Applicants to the Pritzker School of Medicine must complete the MCAT exam. September 19, 2018 is the latest accepted test date for the 2019 admissions cycle. Applicants may submit MCAT scores from up to three years prior to matriculation. We will continue to accept pre-2015 MCAT scores through the 2017 admissions cycle. Additionally, applicants who sat for the January 2015 exam may submit those scores for consideration in the 2018 cycle. Beyond that period of time, an applicant is required to retake the exam. For more information on the MCAT, please visit www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm.

Credit Hours

Applicants must have completed 90 credit hours (using the AMCAS methodology) prior to matriculation from an accredited four-year degree-granting U.S. or Canadian college or university. A baccalaureate degree is not required but is strongly preferred by the Admissions Committee. If you completed a baccalaureate degree in a country outside of the U.S. or Canada, we require you to complete at least 1 year of full-time coursework (predominately in the sciences) in a U.S. or Canadian institution. Courses pursued in other English-speaking countries will also be considered.

Pritzker has shifted to a competency based model for requirements where emphasis is placed on mastery rather than number of courses. See our 2016 Entrance Requirements section for a full description of expected competencies.

AP Credits

Students with AP credits may meet these credit hour requirements in alternative ways. For more information, please follow this link.


Since the medical profession needs individuals with a wide range of talents and academic backgrounds, the undergraduate major of applicants is not a factor in decisions by the Committee on Admissions.


Applicants may request a waiver for any of the requirements listed above. A request should be made in a letter to the Admissions Committee (pritzkeradmissions@bsd.uchicago.edu). The request should explain why a waiver is reasonable, necessary, and appropriate. A copy of a completed AMCAS application should also accompany a request.

Entrance Requirements

Our admissions requirements emphasize not the number of courses taken, but the level of mastery that should be achieved. Since the emphasis is on competencies, in some cases an applicant may satisfy the required competency with fewer courses.

In general, we value intellectually curious students who will become life-long learners and innovators, and we believe that the field of medicine is enriched by physicians with a variety of educational backgrounds and diverse interests. We strongly encourage applicants to explore fields for which they have a passion, and to include study in a broad range of subjects,from liberal arts to basic and applied sciences. We also encourage applicants to take coursework or participate in experiences that emphasize human behavior,culture competence, and analytic thinking. Exposure to psychology, sociology,anthropology, philosophy, ethics, and economics is particularly encouraged but not required.

Biology Competencies

  • Gene expression, Cell Structure & Organization, Metabolism, Membrane Receptors, Signal Transduction & Signaling Pathways, Reproduction, Differentiation, Basic Physiology, Immunology
  • The Biology Competencies will typically be satisfied through a one-year college biology course with lab. Advanced biology coursework will also satisfy these requirements where an applicant has tested out of first-year college biology.

Chemistry Competencies

  • Applicants must have a familiarity with biochemistry, which in turn requires a background in general and organic chemistry.
  • Applicants will typically satisfy this requirement after completing one semester of organic chemistry and one semester of biochemistry, or a year-long integrated organic/biochemistry course, including one semester of lab.

Physics Competencies

  • Mechanics, Electricity, Magnetism, Optics, Thermodynamics, Quantum Theory, Nuclear Theory
  • The Physics Competencies will typically be satisfied through a one-year college physics with lab sequence. Interdisciplinary courses with biological relevance are encouraged when available. Advanced placement may also satisfy these competencies.

Mathematics Competencies

  • The ability to organize, analyze, and evaluate data is vital to medical and scientific education and investigation.
  • The Mathematics Competencies will typically be satisfied through a college course in statistics or biomathematics. Coursework integrating biology, statistics and epidemiology with an emphasis on data analysis is encouraged.

Humanities Competencies

  • Applicants should develop general cultural competence and showevidence of liberal arts exploration.
  • The Humanities Competencies will typically be satisfied through 6 semester hours of college coursework in the arts, humanities, social sciences or language. Some fluency in a foreign language is encouraged, but not required.

Writing & Analysis Competencies

  • Applicants should be able to analyze sources of evidence,develop a thesis, and support an argument logically with appropriate attribution.
  • The Writing & Analysis Competencies will typically be satisfied through one year of coursework emphasizing writing and analysis,which may be in applied or basic sciences or humanities. Where appropriate,writing coursework may also satisfy the Humanities competencies.

Interpersonal Skills Competencies

  • The ability to function as part of a team is essential to the practice of medicine. The application should include evidence of a significant extracurricular, academic, or other experience requiring teamwork and leadership. Non-traditional backgrounds that bring unique perspective and real-life work experience are also valued.

Clinical Exploration

  • It is recommended that applicants explore their interest in medicine by taking advantage of clinical exposure opportunities in clinics and health care facilities.
  • Long-term commitments that include direct patient contact are valued over short-term experiences. Although many applicants have international clinical or public health experiences, we equally value significant commitments to patient care in the applicant’s own community.

Transfer Policy

Currently, we are not accepting applications for transfer students to the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Immunizations Required

Full-time and visiting medical students must present proof of immunity to the following:

  • Proof of immunity through blood titer to Measles (Rubella), Mumps, German Measles (Rubella) and Hepatitis B;
  • Proof of immunity through blood titer or vaccination to Varicella;
  • Up-to-date Tetanus/Diphtheria vaccination;
  • Screening for exposure to tuberculosis.

Failure to submit proof of immunization or vaccination will result in class registration penalties and reduced access to campus facilities (library, athletics, etc.) by the University Registrar.

Forms must be completed by a Health Care provider, or you may attach photocopies of your childhood immunizations that were signed by a licensed provider.

For more information, visit the Student Health Service website.