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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

Meet An Alumnus - Franklin Burg

Franklin Burg - Master of Science in Interdepartmental Medical Science Program Alumnus

"Going through the [Interdepartmental Medical Science] program and getting above the threshold that they require for the guaranteed interview proved to myself and proved to other medical schools that I do have the academic strengths needed to be successful. Another nice thing about the program is getting to see what medical school is like before getting in. Drexel's master's program is different from other master's programs because here you are actually taking real medical school classes." Read Franklin's story.

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.

Faculty Advisors

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.

An Interdepartmental Medical Science program graduate student working in the laboratory.

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.

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   I did the Interdepartmental Medical Science program; I was accepted into my first choice medical school with a month left of the year. I was very successful in medical school, receiving the highest research awards for medical students. I then was lucky enough to gain a spot into my top residency choice: emergency medicine at Cook County in Chicago.
I can not thank you enough for the opportunity that Drexel afforded me. That year was very hard, but if I had it over I would do it again because it opened so many doors. After that experience and going through the uncertainty of that time, everything after has been relatively easy.   
Dan McCabe, MD
Emergency Medicine PGY-1, Cook County Hospital (Stroger)