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Admission Process

Note: CMSRU does not accept Transfer Applications

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

M.D. Program

Step One: AMCAS Application and MCAT

Applicants to Cooper Medical School of Rowan University are required to apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). To submit an application, visit AMCAS at www.aamc.org/students/amcas. The AMCAS application cycle runs from June through December. CMSRU will not review incomplete or unverified AMCAS applications. CMSRU accepts Early Decision and regular MD applications. All applicants are required to submit valid MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) scores. For Fall 2017 entrance, CMSRU will accept either version of the MCAT, and the exam must be taken between January 2014 and September 2016. Applicants can register for the MCAT by visiting the AMCAS website at www.aamc.org.


Step Two: Secondary Application

All complete and verified AMCAS applications (including transcripts, MCAT scores and letters of recommendation) will be screened for evidence of academic readiness. Unverified and partial applications will not be screened. Select applicants will be invited on a rolling basis to complete a secondary application.


Step Three: Interview Selection Screening

CMSRU will complete a holistic review of all completed application materials to determine whether to invite an applicant for an interview. An applicant’s match to the CMSRU mission is critical, and metrics alone do not show how well a candidate's application will resonate with CMSRU.


Step Four: Interview

Select applicants will be invited to attend an interview day.


Step Five: Admission Decision

Early Decision applicants will be notified of the admissions decision by mid-September. The first Regular MD acceptance notices will be released on October 15, 2016 in accordance with AAMC traffic rules. After October 15, 2016 applicants will be notified of the admissions decision within three weeks of a candidate’s interview date.


Step Six: Acceptance and Deposit

Admitted students are required to submit a deposit in order to accept CMSRU’s offer within two weeks of receiving the acceptance offer.

M.D. Program – Special Pathways and Articulations

Special admissions procedures are open to eligible PULSE alumni (from any undergraduate institution) and undergraduate students who enter BS-MD articulations through Rowan University and University of the Sciences.

PULSE pathways: These special admissions pathways offer qualified PULSE participants the opportunity to gain acceptance to CMSRU via MCAT-optional and MCAT requiring routes. The Office of Community and Diversity Affairs will notify eligible PULSE candidates of the application process and specific requirements, and full admission to the MD program is granted after a successful interview with CMSRU admissions committee representatives.

MCAT optional (2 students per year max)
• Complete 2 sessions of PULSE
• Complete all CMSRU prerequisites
• Complete 90 undergraduate credit hours
• Science GPA > 3.6 (minimum of 35 credit hours)
• Overall GPA > 3.4
• Apply via the Early Decision Pathway and PULSE Pathway Intent Form

MCAT required (4 students per year max)
• Complete 1 session of PULSE
• Complete all CMSRU prerequisites
• Complete 90 undergraduate credit hours
• MCAT > 60th percentile
• Science GPA > 3.5 (minimum of 35 credit hours)
• Overall GPA > 3.4
• Apply via the Early Decision Pathway and PULSE Pathway Intent Form

BS-MD articulation agreements: High school students interested in pursuing the BS-MD pathways must first be accepted into their undergraduate programs*. Qualified candidates will be invited to submit a special application to the BS-MD committee, and preliminary admission to the MD program is granted after a successful interview with CMSRU admissions committee representatives. More program information can be found here.

*Transfer students are not eligible for these programs.