What you need to apply

It’s never too early to begin preparing for your application to the Chicago Medical School. CMS looks for students who not only have strong grades and test scores, but also demonstrate a commitment to community service and experience in the medical field.

1. Prerequisite Coursework

  • Completion of the following prerequisite coursework prior to matriculation:

Prerequisite Coursework



General Biology with Lab 8 12
General Chemistry with Lab 8 12
Organic Chemistry with Lab * 8 12
Physics with Lab 8 12

*Biochemistry with Lab can be substituted for a semester of Organic Chemistry.

  • CMS requires at least 90 hours of undergraduate academic work at an accredited college or university prior to applying.
  • The vast majority of successful applicants have earned a Bachelor's degree prior to matriculation.

2. GPA

  • Successful applicants have at least a 3.0. Learn more on our Class Profile.

3. MCAT  

  • MCAT scores are valid for three years. (For example - For the entering class of 2013, a test from 2010, 2011, and 2012 will be accepted).
  • If multiple exams, the most recent score is considered.
  • More information is available at www.aamc.org

4. Letters of Recommendation

  • Three individual letters of recommendation or one committee letter.
  • CMS recommends a letter from a science professor and at least one from an individual in the medical field.
  • Letters should be sent directly to AMCAS.

5. Interest in the Field

  • CMS is looking for students who understand the healthcare team and the role of the physician. This is typically demonstrated by previous employment, volunteering or similar experiences.

6. Leadership

  • CMS values students who have held leadership positions through academic or community service activities.

7. Communication Skills

  • Demonstration of oral and written communication skills.

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