The Interdepartmental Medical Science program has been successful in helping students gain entry into medical schools throughout the U.S. The program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates basic science courses presented at the level of first-year medical school.
Applicants to the Interdepartmental Medical Science program include students:
- Who are late in their decision to apply to medical school
- Interested in improving their academic record before applying or reapplying to medical school
- Interested in applying to dental, optometry, podiatry, chiropractic or other health professional schools
The Interdepartmental Medical Science curriculum requires a full-time commitment to rigorous coursework leading to a Master of Science diploma.
Learn more about the curriculum
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Admission to Drexel's MD Program
Historically, 10 percent of the incoming MD class for Drexel University College of Medicine has been students who successfully complete our MS programs. Specifically, students are competitively selected from graduates in the Interdepartmental Medical Science, Master of Science in Biological Science and Master of Science in Medical Science programs.
Students in the Interdepartmental Medical Science program are assigned a faculty advisor who will meet with the student regularly and eventually write a letter of evaluation for application to health professional schools. See a list of faculty advisors to the Interdepartmental Medical Science program.
Interdepartmental Medical Science Admissions
Applicants to the Interdepartmental Medical Science program must have already fulfilled undergraduate premedical requirements and demonstrated mastery of the material at a minimum grade of C. These prerequisites include a year of biology, chemistry, physics and organic chemistry, including respective laboratory sections. Competitive applicants should have a 3.0 undergraduate science and cumulative GPA. Additional post-baccalaureate and graduate course work is taken into consideration. Official transcripts from all schools where coursework was attempted or taken must be released.
An MCAT score of 27 or higher, with no section less than 8 (under the old system), is required for admission. Specific standards are being developed for the new MCAT, but at this time, it is expected that students should have a composite score in the 75th percentile or better in order to be considered for admission to the program. We also accept competitive DAT scores (≥20) for dental applicants or competitive OAT score (≥330) for optometry applicants.
Letters of evaluation from your undergraduate committee or two science faculty and one additional letter are required for application.
Strong applicants would have experience in health care and demonstrated a commitment to medicine.
Applications are reviewed throughout the year, qualifying candidates are granted interviews, and admission is granted on a rolling basis.