General Requirements

General Requirements:

  • All applicants must have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours of course work, at the time of application, in an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university.
  • Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible to apply provided they have completed at least 90 semester hours of coursework, at the time of application, in a U.S. or Canadian college or university.
  • We strongly prefer a bachelor’s degree.

Course Recommendations:

The University of Virginia School of Medicine no longer has required pre-requisite courses

We have no science or humanities requirements. However, it is recommended that students consider courses in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Human Behavior and Statistics as students find these courses to be helpful during medical school.

MCAT Requirements:

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required of all applicants. We will accept the current version of the MCAT and the future version of the MCAT.  We will not give preference to either.  All applicants must present scores from tests taken no later than September 30th of the year prior to matriculation, and no earlier than April 1st of the three years prior to matriculation.

Information regarding the MCAT and registration materials are available from premedical advisors or from MCAT Registration, phone: (202) 828-0690,

*Currently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand students may be facing delays in MCAT testing. While the testing deadline has not changed, the Admissions Committee will take these circumstances into consideration when reviewing applications.

AP Credit:

The University of Virginia will accept AP credit, provided your undergraduate institution awarded you credit towards graduation (not just exemptions) and those credits appear on your official transcript.

Technical Standards:

All matriculants and current students (“Candidates”) must possess the physical, cognitive, emotional and interpersonal capabilities necessary to complete the medical education program and to provide highly effective patient care within the medical education program. These capabilities are called Technical Standards, the essential functions that all medical students must demonstrate to meet the requirements of a general medical education. Candidates whether for admission, academic promotion, or graduation must meet these Technical Standards, with or without reasonable accommodation.

See for details of these capabilities.

These technical standards are predicated on the school’s learning objectives that are considered essential for completion of the M.D. degree. They have been approved by the Curriculum Committee and the Dean of the School of Medicine.

Criminal Background Check Requirement:

If legal or criminal proceedings are filed against you prior to matriculation, or if you are the recipient of any institutional disciplinary action, it is your responsibility to inform the Admissions Office immediately. Additionally, all students must undergo a mandatory criminal background check as a condition of acceptance to the School of Medicine. See the full Criminal Background Check Policy here.