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Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for admission into the UC Irvine School of Medicine, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • All applicants must complete the American Medical Colleges Application Service (AMCAS) application between June 1-November 1, of the application year for the following year’s entering class.
  • A minimum of three years (90 semester units) of undergraduate coursework, including a minimum of one full-time year at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) must have been taken within the three years proceeding June 1 of the application year and no later than September 1 of the application year.
  • For purposes of evaluation, letter or numerical grades are preferred for course work, particularly for the required subjects listed below.
  • All prerequisite courses listed as “in progress” on the AMCAS application and UC Irvine School of Medicine Secondary Application must be successfully completed by matriculation.
  • All entering students in the UC Irvine School of Medicine must meet all of the technical standards, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, and each student will be expected to certify that he/she meets these standards.

The table below contains information regarding course prerequisites. These courses must be completed by July 15th of the matriculation year.

Subject Requirement Comments
Biology 1.5 Years: 3 semesters or 5 quarters
1 Year Labs: 2 semesters or 3 quarters
Must include one upper-division Biology course
Chemistry 2 Years: 4 semesters or 6 quarters
1 Year Labs: 2 semesters or 3 quarters
Must include biochemistry course and inorganic and organic chemistry courses
Physics 1 Year: 2 semesters or 3 quarters  
Math 1 semester/quarter of calculus
1 semester/quarter of statistics
English 1 semester/quarter English or writing composition

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed their basic science requirements by the time they submit their application. No specific major is required; however, demonstrated ability in the sciences is of great importance. In addition, applicants are advised to take advantage of the intellectual maturation afforded by a well-rounded liberal arts education. English, the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences are considered particularly important. The following courses are recommended, but are not required: cell biology, genetics, physical chemistry, vertebrate embryology, developmental and abnormal psychology, and Spanish.