Admissions Requirements

We are excited you are considering the Master of Science in Preclinical Sciences program at Mercer University School of Medicine for your graduate education. Below is information regarding our Admissions Criteria and Process.

Admissions process

  • Apply online. The application cycle opens March 1. The online application form must be submitted by midnight on May 22 for domestic applicants and midnight on May 1 for international applicants. The MSPCS Program only admits once each year for fall enrollment.
  • A non-refundable fee of $50 for domestic applicants and $150 for international applicants is due when application is submitted.
  • All required materials below must be received for an application file to be considered complete and eligible for review by the MSPCS Admissions Committee. Applications must be completed by June 5. Each applicant will be notified by email when his/her application file is complete. Only complete application files will be reviewed.
  • The MSPCS Admissions Committee will evaluate each applicant holistically based on his/her academic record, test scores, personal qualities and personal goals. During the application review, applicants may be contacted for a phone interview with a member of the MSPCS Program Admissions Committee.
  • Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions by email. Complete applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. A decision may take up to four weeks after an applicant receives the notice that their application is complete. Accepted applicants are required to submit a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold their spot in the program. The fee will be applied to their tuition upon enrollment. If an applicant submits a deposit, then decides not to enroll in the fall, the deposit will be forfeited to MUSM. All deposits must be submitted according to the deadline stated in the applicant’s acceptance email.

Minimum admissions requirements

  • One year coursework with the corresponding laboratories for the following subjects:
    • General Biology
    • General or Inorganic Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Physics
      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 required courses must have the corresponding lab hours.
  • The undergraduate degree and required coursework must be completed by August 15, before fall enrollment.
  • A B.S. or B.A. degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a four-point scale.
  • A professional school or graduate school entrance exam within the previous two calendar years. Official scores must be submitted by June 5.
    • Scores at or above the following values are preferred: GRE- 300, with 148 or above on components; MCAT- 494; and, DAT- 17, academic average.
    • International students must also submit scores from the TOEFL examination.
      Applicants already holding a master’s degree or higher are exempt from submitting test scores; however, a graduate degree transcript must be submitted as a part of the required application materials.
  • Two letters of reference from college professors or other individuals who have taught or have supervised the work of the applicant.
  • An essay of approximately 750 words discussing your educational goals related to the Master’s program, your career goals utilizing the Master’s degree, and a summary of your experience related to your career goals (such as shadowing health professionals, employment in a healthcare setting and volunteering related to the profession). You should also mention whether you held a job or other extracurricular responsibilities during your undergraduate career. You may also address any circumstances that contributed to poor academic performance or to multiple withdrawals on your transcript.

For more information about the Master of Science in Preclinical Sciences program at Mercer University School of Medicine, call 1-800-MERCER-U to speak with the Admissions department.