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Requirements & Academic Criteria

Although strong academic credentials are important in the admissions process, equally as important are interpersonal skills, exposure to medicine, well-roundedness and qualities such as professionalism, empathy and leadership ability.


In order to be considered for admission to the University Program and MSTP, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be US citizens or permanent residents
  • Permanent resident status must be achieved by August 1 of the application year for which the applicant is applying; for example, August 1, 2017 for the entering class of 2018. A copy of the permanent resident card will be requested prior to enrollment.
  • International students are not eligible for admission to the University Program or MSTP.
  • International students are eligible for admission to the College Program.

General Degree Criteria

Applicants for admission must complete a course of study leading to a baccalaureate degree at an accredited US or Canadian college or university prior to matriculation. If you have received your undergraduate degree outside the US or Canada, then you must complete at least 1 year of advanced science-based course work at an accredited US institution prior to application. This can be achieved through a Masters or PhD degree, formalized post-baccalaureate program, or through a variety of upper-level science coursework.

Exploration of Medicine and Shadowing

It is important that you demonstrate on your application that you have carefully considered a career in medicine; make sure to thoughtfully describe your medically-related experiences and interactions with physicians, along with other patient-care or health-related experiences. The AAMC provides a number of career exploration resources and advice for students.

Early Decision Program

The CWRU School of Medicine University Track participates in the AAMC’s Early Decision Program which may allow applicants to secure an acceptance to our School by October 1. Find out more here.

Washington University in St. Louis Post-Baccalaureate Linkage Program

The CWRU School of Medicine has established a linkage program with the Washington University in St. Louis Post-Baccalaureate Program. Interested students must be enrolled in the WashU Post-Bacc program and share their interest with the program director. More info >