Wayne State University

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School of Medicine


Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, all applicants to the Wayne State University School of Medicine must have completed a bachelor’s level degree.  

The following courses are required.  However, in unusual instances and at the discretion of the Admission Committee, waivers may be granted for one of the components if the student’s overall academic record is outstanding.  Waiver of requirement must be requested in writing at the time of application.

Regardless of your field of study, premedical coursework must include the following:

Required Premedical Coursework Semesters
Biology/Zoology with labs. 2
College English 2
General/ Inorganic Chemistry with labs. 2
Organic Chemistry with labs. 2
Physics with labs. 2


Recommended Coursework (required for entering class of 2017 and beyond) Semesters
Biochemistry 1
Ethics (preferably Medical Ethics) 1
Statistics 1


  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses are accepted. However, if you have received AP credit for any required basic science courses, we advise that you take advanced level college courses to enhance your academic record.
  • Online coursework is not accepted in fulfillment of prerequisites.
  • Community College coursework will be accepted in fulfillment of prerequisites on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Requirements

It is recommended that applicants take the MCAT in the spring prior to applying. We will consider scores on exams taken within the previous 3 years. We will look at each exam separately and will not combine scores from different exams. The MCAT must be taken no later than September of the year prior to desired matriculation.

Applicants whose educational backgrounds include academic work outside the United States must have completed two years of coursework at a U.S. or Canadian college, including the prerequisite courses.

We request letters of recommendation with the secondary application. When we request a secondary, we ask for a statement from the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee at your college or university, or, if non-existent, three letters of recommendation with at least two from faculty. One must have been written within the past 12 months.

If you are in a post baccalaureate or graduate program, you are strongly encouraged to submit at least one letter from your post baccalaureate or graduate program. If applying to the MD/PhD program, at least one letter must be from a researcher. Letters of recommendation can be sent at any time via AMCAS and we will keep them on file until we review your primary application.

If your letters are being transmitted to the admission committee by your undergraduate advising office, it is possible that office is using VirtualEvals. Once your letters are posted toVirtualEvals, they will be downloaded by AMCAS and made available to us. If you have a question about whether or not your advising office uses VirtualEvals, please contact your undergraduate advising office. 

A one-on-one interview with an Admissions Commitee member is also required, all qualified applicants will be offered an interview after completion of the preliminary application, secondary application, and review of letters of recommendation.

Technical Standards

A candidate for the MD degree must possess abilities and skills which include those consistent with the requirements of the Michigan Handicappers Civil Rights Act (Act 220 of the Public Acts of 1976); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-112); and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Public 101-226), the School of Medicine recognizes that candidates for the MD degree must possess certain minimum technical capabilities that are essential to meeting the academic requirements of the program.  These include cognitive, observational, communicational, motor, intellectual, conceptual, behavioral and social skills.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided to assist in learning, performing and satisfying the fundamental standards.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to facilitate the progress of students where it does not compromise the Medical School standards or interfere with the rights of others. 

Accommodations shall be made for disabilities in certain areas of the curriculum as required by law.  The need for personal aids, assistance, care givers, readers, and interpreters, may not be acceptable in certain phases of the curriculum, particularly during the clerkship years where the use of a trained third-person may not be permissible during some clinical training.