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Application Timeline


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 College website

Applicants must submit an AMCAS application to be considered for admission to the regular MD program or to the Early Decision program at the MUSC College of Medicine.

·       The Early Decision program is available to in-state students only

·       The AMCAS deadline for Early Decision is August 1 and action is taken by the Admissions Committee by October 1

·       Students whose first choice of medical school is MUSC are encouraged to apply if they have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a minimum MCAT scores of 506.

July 1 to December 15

Submit the MUSC Secondary Application

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 fur further review.


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

Three letters of recommendation are required, with a maximum of five letters.  Letters should be written by individuals who know you well and who can speak to your commitment, your passion for medicine and readiness for medical school.  One letter must be from a science professor; the others can be from science or non-science professors, an employer, a community leader, a physician who has mentored you, etc.  If your college has a Pre-Health Advisory Committee, the Committee packet fulfills the recommendation requirements. 

Early September to mid-March

Applicant Interviews (Invitation only)

Applicants selected for interviews are invited by email to the MUSC College of Medicine campus to participate in an interview day. Each applicant is required to have three interviews.   The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a morning session where applicants get to meet the Admissions team and hear presentations from various Deans of the College of Medicine.  Interviews are one-on-one and take place from 10:00 – 12:00 noon and from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Tours and lunch take place from 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.  Both are presided over by 2nd year medical students.  There is ample opportunity for applicants to interact and ask questions of the current medical students while on campus. 

October 1 to March 15

Final Admission Decisions

Offers of admission are extended on a rolling basis after November 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 that an applicant wishes to withdraw from the entering class.  The acceptance deposit is nonrefundable after May 15. 

*Early Decision offers are made on or before October 1. 

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”  

Option for accepted students becomes available by AMCAS. This is a valuable tool that applicants are highly encouraged to use.

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. 

Admissions Timeline (PDF)