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BA/BS/MD Accelerated Degree Application Process

The BA/BS/MD accelerated degree program enables academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor's and doctor of medicine degree concurrently — entering medical school one year sooner than in traditional bachelor's and MD programs.

The BA/BS/MD 3 + 4 program is open to the following majors:

  • Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Psychology four-year programs
  • Engineering (bachelor of science)

The BA/BS/MD 4 + 4 program is open to the following majors:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Engineering

Students interested in the BA/BS/MD accelerated degree program cannot apply to the Pathway to Health Professions major or the Nursing BSN Co-op program.

Admission Requirements

For consideration to the BA/BS/MD accelerated degree program, applicants must:

  • Submit the admission application and all required documents prior to November 4
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident applying for freshman admission
  • Have graduated from a high school in the United States
  • Have ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating class (if applicable)
  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 weighted scale (subject to change)
  • Have a combined SAT score of at least 1360 (Critical Reading and Math sections) or a minimum ACT score of 31; submission of SAT Subject Test is recommended (subject to change)
  • Have satisfactorily completed four years of laboratory science with one year each of biology, chemistry, and physics

As a point of reference, freshman students admitted to the BA/BS/MD accelerated degree program had an average GPA of 3.94 and an average combined SAT (Critical Reading and Math) of 1527 or ACT 34 composite.

A select number of students will be invited to attend an interview with the medical school admission committee at the Drexel College of Medicine Queen Lane Campus in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.

Application Process

The following timeline refers to the accelerated degree program BA/BS/MD application.

  • November 4 – All application materials and College of Medicine Supplemental Application must be received by December 1. Refer to checklist below.
  • December – The Drexel University College of Medicine will review qualified applications.
  • January – The College of Medicine will email eligible applicants to pay the processing fee.
  • Late January – Applicants will be notified by email regarding whether or not they will be invited for an interview.
  • Mid-February – Invitation-only interviews will be held on the Queen Lane Campus.
  • Late March – The College of Medicine will notify applicants of their BA/BS/MD decision by mail. (Date subject to change.)
  • May 1 – Enrollment Form and tuition deposits due.

Required Materials for the BA/BS/MD Accelerated Degree Program

Applicants to an undergraduate program at Drexel University and the BA/BS/MD accelerated degree program at the Drexel University College of Medicine must submit the following materials. All application materials and College of Medicine Supplemental Application must be received by November 4.

All application materials should be sent to Drexel's Office of Undergraduate Admissions unless otherwise noted. We will only accept the following items:

  • Drexel's Undergraduate Full-Time Admission Application
    You must submit an undergraduate application and copies of all application materials for each institution to which you are applying. Apply via the Common Application.
  • The College of Medicine Supplemental Application
  • Undergraduate Admission Application Fee, $50
    Drexel applicants pay a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00 U.S. dollars, which should be paid online when you submit the Common Application. Students who feel the application fee would be a financial hardship can request a fee waiver on the Common Application.
  • College of Medicine Supplemental Application Fee, $150
    If your application is forwarded to the College of Medicine Admissions Office, you will be required to submit an additional processing and activation fee of $150. If your completed application is forwarded to the College of Medicine, you will be notified via email — notifications are usually sent in January. Please do not send the processing fee with application materials to Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Transcripts
    Official transcripts must be sent directly from your high school to Undergraduate Admissions. You are required to submit transcripts from each high school attended. Please include a list of your senior year coursework.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    Two letters of recommendation are required. Recommendation letters must be from a high school counselor and a science teacher. You may submit our online Letter of Recommendation form or print and submit the Recommendation Forms [PDF]. Recommendations on official letterhead will also be accepted.
  • Standardized Test Scores
    You must take either the SAT or ACT and request that the results be forwarded to Undergraduate Admissions. All students should use the following codes to send score reports to Drexel: SAT 2194 or ACT 3556.

After You've Submitted Your Application

  • Track Your Application Status
    You can monitor the progress of your application using the Discover Drexel Portal. By logging in to Discover Drexel, you can receive important status updates about your admission application. Discover Drexel will only provide information related to freshman admission — it will not give details about the BA/BS/MD selection process. Your login information will be included on your application acknowledgment letter.

Undergraduate Program Requirements

While in the undergraduate portion of the program, students must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in all coursework, including all BCPM classes (all biological sciences, chemistry, physics, and math), without repeating a course and with no grade less than a C. The MCAT is required prior to matriculation into the College of Medicine. Students must receive a minimum MCAT score of 9 or better in the verbal section; 10 or better in the physical and biological science sections; a total minimum score of 31 (with no individual score less than 8); and a letter score of P or higher in the MCAT writing section. Please note that a new version of the MCAT will be introduced in 2015 and will have different sections that include biochemistry, behavioral science, and social science questions. Acceptance into the College of Medicine is not guaranteed.