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 at least one semester/summer of laboratory bench research experience may 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

  • Undergraduate academic performance, especially in the sciences, is an important criterion, but is only one of the many holistic factors we evaluate when considering your application. Learn more on our Class Profile.

3. MCAT  

  • MCAT scores are valid for three years. (For example - For the entering class of 2015, a test from August 2011 - 2014 will be accepted).
  • If multiple exams, the most recent score is considered.
  • More information is available at www.aamc.org

4. Letters of Recommendation

  • No more than three individual letters of recommendation or one committee letter or one letter packet.  If you choose to submit three individual letters, we prefer (but do not require) at least one recommendation to come from a medical professional (not necessarily an MD) with whom you have worked and at least one from a science (BCPM) professor. 
  • No more than three individual letters or one committee letter or one letter packet will be considered in evaluating your application.  
  • All letters must be included in your AMCAS application.

5. Motivation for a Career in Medicine

  • CMS is looking for students who understand the healthcare team and the role of the physician. This is typically demonstrated through prior employment, volunteer service, or other experience.

6. Leadership

  • CMS values students who are dedicated to serving others and have demonstrated leadership potential through academic, research, or other pursuits.

7. Communication Skills

  • CMS seeks to enroll students with a caring attitude and strong interpersonal communication skills.

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