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Application Timeline


A Note to 2022-2023 Applicants

In this time of uncertainty related to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we realize that many of you are facing unexpected circumstances and may need to adjust your plans in preparation for the upcoming cycle.

We understand the challenges many of you are facing with MCAT testing availability and/or current coursework, including the potential shift to alternate grading systems or rubrics. While letter grades for coursework are preferred, we recognize the difficulty this may pose for many. As such, we will accept Pass/No Pass grading for Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 coursework. Our Admissions Committee assures that these unforeseen circumstances will be understood in the context of the current situation.

Interview Days will be virtual throughout this application cycle. 

If you have specific questions, as always, our team can be reached at

May 15 to November 1

Submit AMCAS Application & MCAT Scores

The College of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).  Applications are found on line at the Association of American Medical Colleges website

Applicants must submit an AMCAS application to be considered for admissions to the MD program.

  • Application to the MD Regular Decision program must be submitted by November 1st.
  • Application to the Early Decision program must be submitted by August 1st.
  • The Early Decision program is available to South Carolina residents only.
  • Applicants whose first choice of medical school is the MUSC College of Medicine, are encouraged to apply to the Early Decision program if they have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a minimum MCAT score of 506.
  • Applicants must complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). A minimum MCAT score of 500 is required to be eligible for interview consideration.
  • The last MCAT test date accepted for Early Decision is July 15, 2023. The last MCAT date accepted for Regular Decision is September 9, 2023. MCAT scores prior to May 2021 will not be accepted for Fall 2024.

July 1 to December 15

Submit the MUSC Secondary Application by December 15.

When the verified AMCAS application is received by MUSC (from 4-6 weeks after it is submitted to AMCAS), all applicants are sent an email directing them to the MUSC website where they may access the Secondary Application.  All applicants receive the Secondary Application.  A nonrefundable fee of $95 is required upon submission of this application.  Applicants who fail to submit this Secondary Application are not considered for further review.


Recommendations are to be submitted to AMCAS using the Letter Writer Service available at the Association of American Medical Colleges website.

Each applicant is required to supply one premedical advisory committee packet, or three letters from individual faculty members. Recommendations from two science professors and one non-science professor are preferred; however, this may vary depending on a student’s background. If the student has been working for a number of years since graduation, at least one letter from a science professor is required, but additional letters may come from related work experience. A maximum of five Letters of Recommendation can be submitted.

Early September to mid-March

Applicant Interviews (Invitation only)

Applicants selected for interviews are invited by email to participate in an interview day. Each applicant is required to have three interviews.  Throughout the interview day, applicants will interact with the Admissions and Education teams, engage with College of Medicine leadership, meet current students, and learn more about the campus. There is ample opportunity for applicants to interact and ask questions of faculty, staff, and students.

October 1 to March 15

Final Admission Decisions

Offers of admission are extended on a rolling basis after October 1.  An applicant who is offered a position in the next entering class is required to accept or decline the offer within a two-week period.  A $485 deposit must accompany acceptance of an offer of admission.  Prior to or on May 15, the deposit is fully refundable upon written notification to the Office of Admissions that an applicant wishes to withdraw from the entering class.  Notice of withdrawals must be sent to The acceptance deposit is nonrefundable after May 15. 

The College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina adheres to the Application and Acceptance Timelines established by the AAMC.

Mid-October – mid-March 

Acceptance decisions are sent to interviewed students on a monthly basis.  Those admitted are given two weeks to accept or reject the offer of acceptance.

February 15 “Plan to Enroll”  

The AAMC’s Plan to Enroll helps applicants communicate their intentions about which medical school they plan to attend. Accepted students must “Plan to Enroll” to MUSC as early as February 15 and no later than April 30.

June 24 “Commit to Enroll”

Option for accepted students is due.  This option indicates that all other offers of acceptance have been declined and MUSC is the medical school of choice. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Entrance Requirements

Admissions Timeline (PDF)