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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 preceeding 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. If you are unsure if a course satisfies a prerequisite, please email the course name, number, description, and institution to


Subject Requirement

1.5 years that includes one upper division biology course and 1 year of corresponding labs.
Topics considered upper division biology courses may be genetics, immunology, virology, molecular biology, developmental biology or cell biology. Please note we do not consider Psychobiology courses to meet the upper division biology requirement.

Chemistry 2 years to include general/inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry and 1 year of corresponding labs.
Physics 1 Year

1 course in biostatistics
1 course in calculus

Please note that 2 courses in calculus will not satisfy the biostatistics requirement

English 1 course 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.