COVID-19 Admissions Update

The admissions committee highly encourages Mizzou Med applicants to keep all required coursework as a letter grade for the spring 2020 semester. However, if this is not an option at your institution, applicants will not be penalized for taking our required coursework as pass/fail for the spring 2020 semester only.

For entering class 2021 applicants, we prefer primary AMCAS applications to be submitted by October 15, however, we will accept applications up until October 30 for those applicants who can’t take the MCAT exam until the end of September. We will also allow those applicants to submit their secondary application materials by November 30.

If any further adjustments are made to deadlines or coursework due to COVID-19, we will continue to update our website with the latest information

Application Overview

Primary Application

MD, MD-PhD, and Early Decision candidates for admission to the MU School of Medicine should apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for an AMCAS application fee waiver. We prefer applicants to submit the AMCAS application by October 15, 2020. However, we will accept applications up until October 30, 2020 for those who had MCAT exams cancelled due to COVID-19.

Secondary Application

The School of Medicine notifies qualified and competitive applicants with an open file our secondary application. Non-Missouri residents who meet our out-of-state academic requirements will be invited to submit a preliminary Out-Of-State Form to determine if a secondary application will be offered.

The secondary application fee is $110, and we will also accept the AMCAS fee waiver email as payment. We prefer applicants to submit our secondary application and all supplemental materials by November 15, 2020. However, we will accept applications up until November 30, 2020 for those who had MCAT exams cancelled due to COVID-19.

If you have questions about your application status, please email us


The MU School of Medicine receives more than 3,000 applications every year. After an initial screening, applicants who are seriously being considered are invited for interviews. In general, applicants to the MD-PhD program will have a medical school interview and separate Graduate School interviews.

The School of Medicine plans to offer 400 interview slots for the entering class of 2021. It is possible that more slots may be available; however, applicants are strongly advised to complete their applications early. Consideration for interview slots will be conducted on a rolling basis as applications are received.

Due to COVID-19, we will NOT be holding any in person interviews. All admissions MD and MD-PhD interviews will be completed virtually through zoom technology. If an applicant is selected for an interview, the Admissions office will send detailed information about the interview day.

MD and MD-PhD Admission Timeline to Enter Class of 2021

  • Receipt of AMCAS application: Preferred - October 15, 2020
    Deadline-October 30, 2020
  • Receipt of secondary materials: Preferred - November 15, 2020
    Deadline-November 30, 2020
  • Interviews (by invitation only): October 2020 through March 2021
  • Final notice of acceptance by March 15, 2021

Early Decision Program Admission Timeline to Enter Class of 2021

The School of Medicine participates in the AMCAS Early Decision Program. Candidates may apply to only one school and, if accepted through the program, must attend that school. Those not accepted through the early decision program may then apply to other schools and Missouri as a regular admissions candidate.

Early Decision Timeline for Application/Acceptance for entering in 2021:

  • Receipt of AMCAS application - August 1, 2020
  • Receipt of secondary materials - September 1, 2020
  • Interviews (by invitation only) – Late September 2020
  • Notice of acceptance - October 1, 2020

Review the program requirements

Interview Day

An invitation to interview at the University of Missouri School of Medicine is an indication of your initial impression on the admissions committee. It is quite an accomplishment. This is an opportunity to see if the MU School of Medicine is as right for you as we think you might be for us.

Your interview day is planned so that you have the opportunity to mingle with other applicants, chat with current students and ask questions about what it is like to be a medical student at Mizzou.

Most interview days include up to 10 students, which are then divided into morning and afternoon interview groups. Interviews take place on Mondays through Wednesdays during the week. Admissions requires at least two one-on-one interviews with Admissions committee members.

Interview Timeframes

  • Bryant Scholars - late July (slightly different schedule)
  • Early Decision program applicants - Late September
  • MD applicants - October through February
  • MD-PhD applicants – December through February

Sample Interview Schedule

  • 11:00 a.m. – Meet the Admissions Representative
  • 11:30 a.m. – Meet the Financial Aid Coordinator
  • 12:00 p.m. – Ambassador Panel and Video Tour of the Medical School
  • 1:15 p.m. – Interview with Admissions Committee Member
  • 2:15 p.m. – Interview with Admissions Committee Member
  • 3:15 p.m. – Interview Wrap-Up
  • 3:45 p.m. – Interview Day Concludes

Applicants to the Tom and Anne Smith MD-PhD Program will have a second day of interviews for the program and graduate school. Please contact the program office at for additional information.

Mizzou offers two different Clinical Campus sites for their medical students' M3 and M4 years. They are located in Columbia and in Springfield Missouri. The Clinical Campus process is discussed further at your interview.

Transfer Policy

Current enrollment in the M-2 class and the capacity for the clinical clerkships are reviewed by the Medical Education deans in the fall of each year.

This determines if the MU School of Medicine is able to accommodate transfer students or students with advanced standing to join the M-3 class in June of the same calendar year. If capacity allows, students are considered for transfer:

  • If they are a US citizen or permanent resident
  • After satisfactorily completing the first two years of medical school at a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited MD granting School of Medicine, an American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) accredited DO granting medical school, or medical schools listed by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) as having accreditation standards that are comparable to accreditation standards used in the United States.
  • After having passed United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 with a score of one-half a standard deviation above the national mean for first time test takers, as published by the National Board of Medical Examiners for the previous academic year. Transfer applicants applying to MU would enter in the M3 class in June 2020. A transfer applicant applying would need a minimum USMLE Step 1 score of 239.

All transfer students must submit:

  • A transfer application (provided by MU School of Medicine Admissions)
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Official undergraduate college/university transcript
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Official USMLE transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation from medical school faculty at the applicants current institution who have issued the applicant a grade or with whom the applicant has had direct contact (type and length of direct contact information must be provided in letter). Letters from teaching assistants will not satisfy this requirement. An additional two letters beyond the three required will be accepted from individuals who can support the application, but might not be medical school faculty.

For more information regarding the transfer capacity, and/or to get a transfer application please email the MU School of Medicine Admissions office: