YOUR ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
In order to apply to MCW, applicants must have earned a minimum of 90 undergraduate credits, including prerequisites, at a regionally accredited college or university located in the United States or Canada. The required credits must be earned prior to matriculation. No credit will be given for coursework taken outside the United States or Canada.
We only accept scores from the new version of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). For 2019 entry, applicants must have taken the exam no earlier than January 2016.
MCW also accepts applications from international applicants, non-US citizens, and DACA status applicants who meet other eligibility requirements.
Must have earned a minimum of 90 undergraduate graded credits, including prerequisites, at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. The required minimum credits must be earned prior to matriculation.
Must have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) no more than three years prior to matriculation.
- How To Apply
- Initiate your application through AMCAS.
- Primary application deadline is November 1. Secondary application deadline is December 1.
- You are strongly advised to apply and complete your application early. Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee on a rolling basis by date of completion. All required supplemental items must be received by MCW for a submitted application to be consider complete.
- The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required and must be taken no more than three years prior to matriculation.
- Review of Academic Achievement
- MCAT Scores
- Personal Statement from AMCAS Application
- Academic Letters of Recommendation (Letters are accepted via US Postal Service and electronic providers including AMCAS, VirtualEvals and Interfolio)
- Personal Interviews
MCW reserves the right to exclude any applicant for any reason it deems sufficient.
Option to defer admission for one year is available to all accepted applicants, provided the applicant has met all stipulations in their acceptance. The applicant must file a formal request to defer by May 31.
The Medical College of Wisconsin only accepts transfer students demonstrating hardship into its third-year class from LCME-accredited schools. This is rare as it is contingent on available space.
The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) exam is required of all applicants. We only accept scores from the new version of the MCAT. For 2019 entry, the MCAT must have been taken no earlier than January 2016.
If you have taken the MCAT exam more than once, the Admissions Committee will mix-and-match the two most recent eligible exams to consider the best overall score.
The CASPer Test
Completion of the CASPer exam is mandatory for all MCW Medical School applicants. CASPer is an online test which assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and physicians. This information will complement other tools we use for applicant screening, evaluation, and review and will further enhance the fairness and objectivity of our holistic review and selection process.
Your application will not be reviewed for possible interview selection until you have completed and submitted the CASPer exam. We highly recommend that you take the exam on the first available date. Please note that CASPer test scores are only valid for one admissions cycle. If you took the CASPer test as part of last year’s application, you will be required to retake the test this cycle as well. To take CASPer, you will need a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. There is a $10 fee to take CASPer and a $10 fee to send your score to MCW. CASPer fees are waived for those approved for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program.
Please go to the CASPer Test website to sign up and reserve a test date using your AAMC ID and a government-issued photo ID. Do not register for test dates in December or January which fall after the secondary application deadline.
Review more details about the CASPer test (PDF)
While it is recommended that all prerequisites be completed prior to taking the MCAT, completion of the prerequisites is not a requirement to have a file reviewed, be interviewed, or receive an offer. Completion of all prerequisites is a requirement for enrollment, and must be fulfilled by June 15th of the matriculation year.
To ensure accurate academic records, all official transcripts must be submitted by June 15th of the matriculation year. Transcripts must come directly from the educational institutions. AMCAS does not forward transcripts to the medical schools.
If you are on the quarter or trimester system, three quarters or trimesters are required.
4 credits Advanced Biology with lab
(Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Neurobiology, etc. will satisfy this requirement if the course includes a lab.)
3 or 4 credits in Biochemistry
(provided the course required both general and organic chemistry as prerequisites)
(statistics is recommended)
(may use a writing-intensive course to satisfy this requirement.)
|3 credits in psychology or sociology
|*A course in oral communication (speech, interpersonal communication, etc.) is recommended.
|**AP coursework will be accepted for the Physics and Math requirements only. All credits must be taken for a grade.