What is required before an application packet is considered complete?
For an M.D. program application packet to be considered complete and eligible for further screening by the Admissions Committee, the following materials must be received by MUSM Admissions Office by the applicable deadline, which varies with the application type (early decision versus regular pool):
- Completed secondary application
- Pay a non-refundable fee ($90) for processing the secondary application (this fee is automatically waived for applicants who have a valid Fee Assistance Program waiver from AMCAS)
- Copy of a notarized declaration of domicile in the state of Georgia
- Copy of a state issued photo identification document
- At least two letters of recommendation or one committee letter
If the applicant completes a file by the deadline, the Admissions Office will send an email acknowledgment within two business days of the file being completed indicating the applicant’s file is complete and eligible for further screening by the Admissions Committee.
What are initial offers of acceptance contingent upon?
An initial offer of acceptance, if made, is contingent upon the applicant meeting all of the following criteria:
- The applicant providing documentation that they are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- The applicant providing documentation of domicile in the state of Georgia at least 12 months prior to the start of classes.
- The applicant providing official transcripts of completion of premedical requirements and documentation of completion of a bachelor’s degree or a more advanced degree from an accredited college or institution in the United States.
- MUSM Admissions office should receive official and final transcripts by June 30, 2020. Data in transcripts must be consistent with that reported in an applicant’s Primary AMCAS Application.
- MUSM’s receipt of an acceptable criminal background check facilitated by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
- The applicant meeting MUSM’s Technical Standards for Admission to the M.D. program.
Does MUSM M.D. Program Admissions Committee use a rolling admissions process?
Yes. This means that applications are screened by the Admissions Committee as soon as they are deemed complete by the Admissions Office. Interview invitations, ranking of interviewed applicants, and offers of acceptance also occur on a rolling basis. It is advantageous for applicants to complete their applications as early as possible, well ahead of the deadline, whether one applies for early decision or as a regular pool applicant.
What are the Georgia state residency requirements?
The applicant must have established domicile in the state of Georgia at least by August 15, 2019, and maintain domicile for 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the school term for which he or she is applying.
Applicants who are not able to claim Georgia as their state of legal residence will not be allowed to designate MUSM as a recipient of their Primary AMCAS Application.
The deadline for the Early Decision Program is August 1, 2020. If an applicant has not established residency prior to that date, they will not be able to apply as an Early Decision Program applicant.
What undergraduate coursework is required?
Applicants should have obtained a bachelor’s degree or a more advanced degree or be on track to completing an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university by June of the intended year of matriculation. For applicants who are on track to graduate with a bachelor’s or a more advanced degree by June of the intended year of matriculation, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to stipulate that eventual acceptance of an applicant into the program is contingent upon documentation that the applicant has obtained the undergraduate or advanced degree from the program in which he/she is enrolled.
One need not have completed all pre-requisites at the time of submitting an application, although we recommend that applicants take the MCAT only after completing pre-requisites. A standard stipulation in acceptance letters initially sent out is that eventual acceptance of applicants is subject to documentation of completion of these required premedical courses with official transcripts by June 30, 2020.
What premedical courses are required?
Minimum course requirements are one year or two semester-hour laboratory courses in each of the following:
- General Biology
- General or Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
A semester of Biochemistry with lab may be taken instead of a second semester of Organic Chemistry. AP credit may be used in place of one semester of the Physics requirement. If AP credit was received for one or more of the other courses listed above, one year of advanced courses with lab in the same discipline must be completed. All courses must have corresponding labs.
Do I have to be a science major to apply to the M.D. program at Mercer?
No. We suggest that an applicant major in an area that interests them and take the pre-requisite courses. Close to 70% of those accepted to the M.D. program have majored in biology, biological sciences or a premedical track, and the remainder complete their degree in a variety of other disciplines.
What is the policy on letters of recommendation?
MUSM participates in the AMCAS Letters Service; therefore, all letters of evaluation (recommendation) must be submitted through the AMCAS Letter Service. The types of letters that can be sent to AMCAS on an applicant’s behalf include: committee letter, letter packet or individual letter.
If you have been invited to submit a secondary application, you are required to have at least two letters of evaluation in reference to your application submitted to Mercer University School of Medicine through the AMCAS Letter Writers Service before an interview invitation is considered. We require at least one letter to be from a science faculty member that has taught the applicant, and we recommend at least one letter from a physician or healthcare professional the applicant has shadowed or worked with.
We do not accept emails or hard copies of letters submitted directly (by applicants or letter writers) to the Admissions Office, Admissions Committee members or interviewers. The Association of American Medical Colleges has established a centralized set of guidelines for letter writers. They can be accessed here.
Does MUSM average MCAT scores?
No. MUSM uses the applicant’s highest MCAT score to determine secondary application eligibility. At least one MCAT score must be from a test taken after April 2017.
Applicants who retake the MCAT after submitting an application are allowed to note additional intended MCAT test dates on their Primary AMCAS Application.
If an applicant to the Early Decision Program is invited to submit a secondary application and retakes the MCAT after submitting their application, the most recent MCAT score will be available to the Admissions Committee through updates to the Primary AMCAS Application assuming the applicant remains under consideration by the Admissions Committee.
What is the criteria for invitation to complete a secondary application?
The criteria for invitation of secondary applications are identical regardless of whether one applies for the Early Decision Program or regular pool. An invitation to submit the secondary application is essential for further consideration. An invitation to submit a secondary application does not constitute a guarantee of an invitation to interview. It does not imply that the committee considers an applicant meeting the above criteria academically qualified. There is further screening of academic qualifications, experiences and attributes before an interview invitation is considered.
To receive an invitation to complete a secondary application, the applicant must meet the admissions requirements and the following criteria:
- Has taken the MCAT at least once on or after April 1, 2017
- Average MCAT percentile rank of 25
- Average MCAT percentile rank X cumulative undergraduate BCPM-GPA is > 93
For applicants with earned graduate degrees, an invitation to submit a secondary application is sent if the average MCAT percentile rank is a 25 or greater, regardless of cumulative undergraduate BCPM-GPA.
Cumulative undergraduate BCPM-GPA refers to the cumulative undergraduate BCPM-GPA reported on completed Primary AMCAS Application verified by AMCAS.
Note: Criteria for admission are reviewed by the Admissions Committee on an annual basis and any revisions will be published on this page reasonably in advance.