Academic Requirements for MD Program

Candidates must have satisfactorily completed three years of undergraduate work at an accredited college or university. Along with a thorough knowledge of the biological and physical sciences and mathematics, prospective students should have an appreciation of the social forces influencing health care and illness. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai seeks to attract individuals of diverse backgrounds who have the ability and potential to become physician-scholars dedicated to excellence in their chosen career paths. Applicants for admission are considered based on their total qualifications. Factors that are considered include intellectual capability and academic achievement, motivation and potential for a career in medicine, community service, scholarship and leadership skills, enthusiasm for shaping one's own learning experience, maturity, initiative, creativity, and commitment. All decisions are made on the basis of merit and without discrimination because of race, sex, color, creed, age, national origin, handicap, veteran status, marital status, or sexual orientation.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai values a rigorous undergraduate education in which the applicant has pushed himself or herself academically, taken upper level coursework, displayed intellectual curiosity, and exhibited an academic passion. We encourage applicants to complete coursework in statistics and biochemistry. We also strongly suggest fluency in a second modern language, preferably Spanish or Mandarin, as well as familiarity with social sciences applicable to medical education such as political science, global health, psychology, and sociology.

Our minimum subject requirements are:

General Chemistry One academic year
Organic Chemistry One academic year or one semester of organic chemistry and one semester of biochemistry
Biology One academic year
Physics One academic year or AP Physics (with score of 4 or 5)

All of the subjects above must include the appropriate laboratory work.


Math One academic year of math (calculus or above or AP Calculus BC with a score of 4 or 5; one semester of statistics preferred)
English One academic year of intensive writing courses



Fluency in Spanish or Mandarin

Statistics and biochemistry

Integral social sciences such as political science, global health, psychology, and sociology

Students majoring in non-science disciplines who meet these requirements are strongly encouraged to apply. They will be given full consideration by the Committee on Admissions. Strongly motivated students from underrepresented minority and educationally deprived backgrounds are actively sought and encouraged to apply.

Applicants are required to take the Medical College Admission Test. The MCAT must be taken within three years of the matriculation year.

A letter of recommendation is required from the applicant's college premedical advisory committee. If there is no premedical advisory committee at the applicant's college, individual letters of recommendation are acceptable substitutes, with a minimum of one from a science faculty member and one from a non-science faculty member. Letters of recommendation will only be accepted through AMCAS.

Interviews with representatives of the Committee on Admissions are another important factor in the admissions process. Each applicant has two thirty minute interviews. The interviews are conducted by faculty members or senior medical students.

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