There is no "ideal applicant" to the University of Arizona College of Medicine. We look for exceptional applicants with a variety of personal and professional strengths, who will contribute to our diverse and well-rounded student body.

Academic Requirements

The College of Medicine values academic diversity. We don't favor science majors over non-science majors during the application review process.

Our admissions committee looks for a well-rounded educational background, including: 

  • an appreciation of the humanities, 
  • respect for ethics in personal and professional life,
  • critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills,
  • and a solid foundation in the sciences.

Secondary Application

To earn a secondary application, you must have a 3.0 overall GPA, 3.0 BCPM GPA and a minimum 498 MCAT. 

  • The oldest MCAT score we will accept for the 2018-2019 cycle is from June of 2016.
  • Please refer to the AMCAS course classification guide when calculating your BCPM and overall GPA as it may be different from your local school's GPA calculation.


Undergraduate Degrees

A bachelor's (baccalaureate) degree is required for all accepted students in order to matriculate in the fall. All applicants must expect to receive their bachelor's degree before their expected matriculation date. If a bachelor's degree is completed outside of the United States or Canada, there are coursework hour requirements that must be completed in order to matriculate.  

Required coursework hours for applicants who have completed a degree outside of the United States or Canada

If you completed a degree outside of the United States or Canada, you must complete a minimum number of hours of coursework at an accredited college or university within the United States or Canada before your expected matriculation date:

Required Number of Hours of Completed Coursework
Location of your college/universityRequired hours (total)Required hours 
(upper-division classes)
If you completed a degree outside U.S.A. or Canada

60 (semester system)
OR 90 (quarter system)

30 (semester hours)
OR 45 (quarter hours)

Upper-division coursework counts towards the total number of required hours.

Core Academic Prerequisites & Recommended Classes

Regardless of your major, you must have completed the following prerequisites prior to your first day of medical school.

Required# of Quarters/SemestersAdditional Recommendations
Biology2 semesters or 3 quartersLabs recommended
Chemistry2 semesters or 3 quartersLabs recommended
Organic Chemistry/Biochemistry*2 semesters or 3 quartersLabs recommended
Physics2 semesters or 3 quartersLabs recommended
English (or other writing intensive course)2 semesters or 3 quarters--
Recommended# of Quarters/SemestersAdditional Recommendations

Social/Behavioral Sciences (e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Anthropology, Public Policy, Behavioral Health, and History)

2 semesters or 3 quarters--

Statistics (Biostatistics or Statistics), Anatomy, Genetics, Histology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Neuroscience

Microbiology, Immunology, or Microbiology/Immunobiology1 semester or 2 quarters 
Second Language--Conversational proficiency recommended

*A student may take either 2 courses in organic chemistry, or 1 course in organic chemistry and 1 course in biochemistry.


Notes about core prerequisites:

  • You can apply while in the process of completing these courses.
  • All core prerequisites must be completed at an accredited college or university within the United States or Canada, regardless of prior completion.
  • Community college coursework is accepted.
  • Core prerequisite courses must be graded with a “C” or better. P/F Credit is not accepted.
  • College course credit awarded for AP science courses may fulfill the relevant core prerequisites. The admissions committee will also expect to see advanced-level undergraduate courses in the science disciplines for which the AP credit was awarded.
  • CLEP, AP and IB credits are acceptable only if shown on a college transcript from an accredited undergraduate degree-granting institution.  If they show as a grade of "G" on transcripts, we will ask for your scores.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)

Applicants to the College of Medicine must take the MCAT.


Our admissions process considers many factors, and is designed to view you as a whole person—not just a collection of scores. The factors that we consider include the competencies defined by the Association of American Medical Colleges:


  • Service orientation
  • Social and interpersonal skills
  • Cultural competence
  • Teamwork
  • Oral communication


  • Integrity and ethics
  • Reliability and dependability
  • Resilience and adaptability
  • Capacity for improvement

Thinking and reasoning

  • Critical thinking
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Scientific inquiry
  • Written communication


  • Living systems
  • Human behavior