Frequently Asked Questions

Medical Students (M.D.)

Are there specific prerequisites for admission to your program?

Although there are no prerequisite courses required, it is strongly recommended that applicants applying should complete two semesters each of: General Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Physics, and Biochemistry, also recommended is one semester each of: Introductory Psychology and Introductory Sociology. For additional detail, please view the College of Medicine Entrance Requirements.

What are you looking for in an applicant?

We take a holistic approach to our selection process. GPA and MCAT scores are a large factor in obtaining an interview, at which point we are looking for the other traits essential to becoming great physicians. These include personality traits, leadership experience, volunteering, clinical exposure, and shadowing experiences. College of Medicine Technical Standards

Are campus tours offered?

Tours are offered many Fridays throughout the year. To request a campus tour, please fill out the MUSC College of Medicine Campus Tour Request.

Should you be invited to interview, a campus tour will be provided. You can also tour the Medical University of South Carolina from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad by using the ‘Explore MUSC’ app. The Explore MUSC App provides a self-guided overview of the campus, complete with maps, and contains more than 100 images, videos, and more.

Do you have a regional campus?

Yes. The Primary Care Parallel Track at MUSC AnMed Health Clinical Campus provides comprehensive clinical training for third and fourth year MUSC medical students in Anderson, SC. In addition to the required clerkships and selective opportunities, students in this track engage in enhanced education opportunities with a primary care emphasis. These enhanced experiences include a longitudinal continuity clinic with an underserved population, increased ambulatory experiences during clerkships, longitudinal professor rounds throughout the clinical years, a longitudinal wellness curriculum, service learning activities, and much more.

Do you have to be a science major to get into MUSC College of Medicine?

We strive for a diverse class and welcome all majors as long as your degree is from an accredited college/university.

Is there a track for students interested in primary care?

Yes. The Primary Care Parallel Track at MUSC AnMed Health Clinical Campus provides comprehensive clinical training for third and fourth year MUSC medical students in Anderson, SC. In addition to the required clerkships and selective opportunities, students in this track engage in enhanced education opportunities with a primary care emphasis. These enhanced experiences include a longitudinal continuity clinic with an underserved population, increased ambulatory experiences during clerkships, longitudinal professor rounds throughout the clinical years, a longitudinal wellness curriculum, service learning activities, and much more.

Is there a GPA minimum that an applicant must have? What is the average GPA?

There is no minimum GPA set for applicants to apply. However, students with GPAs lower than 3.4 are typically encouraged to complete a graduate degree to become a more competitive applicant. The average GPA for the current class is a 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.

What is the minimum and average MCAT score?

South Carolina applicants must score at least a 496 on the MCAT exam to be considered for an interview. The average MCAT for the current class is 510 on the MCAT exam. Out of State applicants must score at the average (510) or higher and have close-ties to South Carolina to be considered for interviews.

Do you accept out-of-state applicants?

Because we are a state funded institution, first preference is given to in-state applicants, second preference is given to out of state applicants with close South Carolina ties to the state, and then consideration is given to regular out of state applicants. Please visit the Office of Enrollment Management's webpage on residency for more information.

Do you accept international applicants?

We are unable to admit international students into the regular M.D. program. International students can apply for the M.D. Ph.D. program, for more information please contact Amy Connolly in Graduate Students (connalla@musc.edu).

Do you accept transfer students?

Transfer students are very rarely admitted to our institution. Of primary importance, the student must have a “hardship” reason for wishing to attend medical school at MUSC. Those considered must be in good standing at one of the LCME accredited medical schools within the US. They must also have taken, and passed the USMLE Step 1.

Do you offer a secondary application fee waiver?

We will waive our secondary application fee on a case by case basis if you have been approved for the AMCAS Fee Assistance Program (FAP). Most approved fee waivers are for in-state applicants. You will need to send your FAP e-mail from AMCAS to com-admissions@musc.edu and we will verify your eligibility then follow up with you.

What happens after I apply?

After completing your application with AMCAS, a supplemental MUSC application will be sent to you. Please note it can take 4 to 6 weeks for applications to be verified by AAMC. Your complete application will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible for an interview and, if so, you will be notified of your interview date by e-mail. Early Decision interviews are scheduled for September. In our rolling admissions cycle, regular interviews will continue through March.

How do I send application updates once I have submitted my AMCAS?

Updates can be submitted via the Application Updates form found under How to Apply on our web site.

How much does it cost to attend MUSC College of Medicine? Are scholarships available?

You can find the tuition and fees information here. As well as information about College of Medicine scholarships.

Once I get my M.D. degree, am I licensed to practice medicine? What is the difference between licensure and accreditation?”

Please see "Accreditation vs. Licensure to Practice Medicine" for detailed information on this.

What is the mailing address and contact information for the Admissions Office?

College of Medicine Dean's Office
Attn: Admissions
Medical University of South Carolina
96 Jonathan Lucas Street
Suite 601, MSC 617
Charleston, SC 29425

843-792-3283
843-792-0204 (Fax)
COM-admissions@musc.edu