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A path to gain entry into a medical school.

*Please note: Pre-med is not a degree program at MSU; it is a concentration. Our office provides resources to our pre-med students to help them become competitive applicants.

How Long is Medical School?

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree and obtaining entry into a medical program, students will spend four years in medical school. At the end of the four years, students are granted either the MD or DO degree. Specialization requires additional study that may last anywhere between 3-7 years, depending upon the program. 

General Entrance Requirements for Medical Schools

Bachelor's Degree (does not matter what the degree is in)

Prerequisite courses (varies per institution)

Competitive overall GPA

Competitive Science GPA (Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Math)

Competitive Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) score

Strong letters of recommendation (LOR's)

Shadowing hours

Extracurricular activities (community service, leadership roles, research, work history, etc.)

MSU Pre-Medical Advising

One-on-one, individualized advising

Navigating prerequisites and developing suitable progression

Discussing plans for shadowing, involvement, LOR's, preparation for MCAT

Assistance with application process and personal statements

Interview practice

For assistance in planning a Pre-medical path at MSU, contact Dr. Mary Celeste Reese.

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