Minimum Eligibility & Recommendations for the 2018 Cycle

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident or Canadian citizen at the time of application. If you are not in one of these categories, you must apply to the International Medicine Program.
  • Receipt of an undergraduate bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university is required prior to matriculation. Online coursework or transfer coursework from foreign schools is not acceptable. 
  • MCAT exam scores are required, regardless of the version, and must be completed between April 2015 and September 30, 2017. 
  • With the Development of AAMC/HHMI scientific and personal competencies the George Washington University Committee on Admissions for MD Programs has moved from strict premedical requirements to competency-based recommendations. Mastery of these competencies should be reflected in strong academic performance, MCATs, experiences and letter(s) of reference.

Competency-based Recommendations


• Emphasis on cellular and molecular aspects of living organisms

• May be met with one year of college biology (no AP/IB credit accepted)


• Emphasis on basic chemical principles related to living systems with a sequence of general chemistry, organic and/or biochemistry

• May be met with two years of college chemistry to include coursework through biochemistry or through the second semester of organic chemistry


• Emphasis on principles of physics that underlie living systems

• May be met with one college physics course

Laboratory Experience

• Emphasis on scientific problem solving and laboratory principles

• May be met with two years of lab experience in biology, chemistry or physics, or a combination thereof

• Additional laboratory experience and research experience are valued

Statistics/ Biostatistics/ Probability/ Math

• Emphasis on understanding the quantitative aspects of medical and biomedical research

• May be met with one course or research experience 


• Competency in spoken and written English

• Met with an undergraduate degree from a U.S. or Canadian college or university

• Proficiency in additional languages is valued

Social/Behavioral Science

• Emphasis on understanding social, historical, cultural, behavioral issues influence on individuals and communities

• May be met with courses in psychology, sociology, history, anthropology, ethics and/or courses in related subject areas