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Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that potential applicants to our Medical Education Program have many questions about general requirements, eligibility, and student life at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. We are here to help—and we encourage you to reach out to us if you don’t see your question addressed in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Eligibility and Application Requirements for MD Program Admissions

Potential applicants who are curious about which courses are required for admission should start by reviewing our application and matriculation requirements. All academic requirements must be completed before matriculation.

Prior to matriculation, you are required to complete a year of lab in biology and/or chemistry.

Our MD Program Admissions Committee is committed to an equitable process that considers each applicant’s unique journey to the field of medicine. Pre-requisite courses completed at the community college level or in an online format will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If these required courses are fulfilled with community college level coursework, it is recommended for applicants to complete additional higher-level courses in related subjects at a four-year accredited institution. It is strongly preferred that applicants complete courses taken on-site/in-person. Laboratory sciences requirements should not be taken in an online format.

Yes. However, should you be offered an acceptance, it will be contingent upon the successful completion of all requirements prior to matriculation.

Yes, we accept applications from international students. If you received an undergraduate degree in the United States, you will go through the same process as U.S. citizens.

If you received your undergraduate degree abroad, we will need a course-by-course evaluation of your transcript by a NACES member organization sent to our Admissions Office directly, as the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) will not be able to verify your information. Keep in mind that it is highly recommended that you have taken some coursework in the United States. This can be post-baccalaureate or graduate-level coursework.

Applicants with DACA status are considered in the same application pool as all other candidates. If admitted, DACA students are eligible for institutional financial aid from Icahn Mount Sinai. Students are responsible for obtaining and maintaining DACA status. Please visit our Office of Student Financial Services.

We do not accept transfer applications.

We will accept MCAT scores  within 5 years of application.

We only grant fee waivers if you have secured AAMC Fee Assistance Program approval. If this approval is indicated on your American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application, it will automatically appear when you complete the online supplemental application.

We only accept letters of recommendation through AMCAS, and a letter of recommendation from your premedical advisory committee is preferred. If you do not have a pre-health advisor or committee at your current institution, you must submit three to six letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your passion for a career in medicine, as well as your intellectual journey. These sources may include research mentors, professional or service supervisors, professors, or clinical preceptors. Additional letters may be sent as an application update.

Applicants may submit updates to their application throughout the admissions cycle, through the secondary application portal under the “Document upload” tab.

While most MSTP students initially apply to Icahn Mount Sinai for this program, our students can apply for the MD-PhD Program during their second year of medical school.

Accepted applicants are invited to visit and tour the school during our Explore Icahn: Revisit Weekend.

We do not provide admissions counseling, so we encourage applicants to speak with the premedical advisors at their current institution.

Icahn Mount Sinai receives more than 7,000 completed applications for the 120 positions of each entering class. We use a holistic review process that considers a variety of academic and experiential factors.

We make no distinction among applicants based on their state of residency, either in the admissions process or in associated fees.

Admitted Students

For information on tuition and fees, please visit the Office of Student Financial Services.

Housing is guaranteed for students enrolled on a full-time basis in the MD (and the MD-PhD) Program. Most MD students will be assigned student housing in the Jane B. Aron Residence Hall, which is across the street from Icahn Mount Sinai. On-campus housing for eligible student couples is available as well.

Student Life

Information regarding student housing, student government, and a list of student organizations and services is provided through our Student Life and Resources. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to meet students representing these organizations throughout the planned events of orientation.

At Icahn Mount Sinai, we address this ongoing priority through Mount Sinai Health System's Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and its Patricia S. Levinson Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, our longstanding diversity center.

Probably not. In fact, most Icahn Mount Sinai students do not have a car while living in New York City. The School and The Mount Sinai Hospital are within walking distance of student housing, and all additional clinical sites are accessible via public transit.

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