Frequently Asked Questions


What are the average GPAs and test scores for applicants who are accepted into the MSPCS Program?

For the 2016-2017 admissions cycle, the data for the accepted applicants were as follows:
  • Average of the Final Undergraduate GPAs:  3.23
  • Average of the Highest GRE Scores: 310 (155 Verbal, 155 Quantitative, 4 Writing) note that the average considers only the verbal and quantitative scores.
  • Average of the Highest MCAT Scores: 501 (56th percentile)
  • Average of the Highest DAT Academic Average Scores: 18 (50th percentile)

What percentage of graduates is accepted into professional healthcare degree programs?

The MSPCS Program admits students interested in a number of professional paths in healthcare (MD, DO, DMD and PA).  For graduating classes through 2014, 2015 and 2016, 72% of graduates have matriculated into prefessional healthcare degree programs.  Of the Georgia residents in the classes of 2015 and 2016, 43% were accepted into the Mercer MD Program.  Other professional programs to which graduates have been admitted include:
Medical                                                                            Dental
Medical College of Georgia                                          Dental College of Georgia
Morehouse University                                                   Tufts University
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine         University of Alabama at Birmingham
Howard Univeristy                                                          University of Louisville
Louisiana State Univeristy                                            Physician Assistant
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine               Emory University
Medical University of South Carolina                          Mercer University
Ross University                                                               NOVA Southeastern University
St. George's University
University of Tennessee
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine      

What percentage of each MSPCS class is from Georgia?

The MSPCS program accepts out-of-state applicants, unlike the Mercer MD Program, which admits only Georgia residents.  Greater than 80% of MSPCS students are Georgia residents.



How do I apply?

The application process opens on March 1st of each year.  Detailed admissions requirements can be downloaded from the MSPCS Admissions webpage.  The online application form is located at:

How will I know that my file is complete?

Applicants are notified by email when all application materials have been received (online application, transcripts, test scores and two letters of recommendation).  All application materials must be received before an applicant's file is complete and ready for review for admission.  Application files must be complete by June 5th for consideration for fall admission.  Applicants should contact the School of Medicine Admissions Office via email at if they have not received an email and want to know which materials are missing from their file.

Should I send transcripts for coursework completed at schools other than my degree-granting institution?

Yes, if the coursework counted as part of your degree.  You also must submit transcripts for postbaccalaureate coursework taken to meet the requirements for  MSPCS admission and  for all graduate degrees that you have received.

What test scores are accepted?

Yes. All applicants are required to submit either GRE, MCAT or DAT scores taken within the last two years.  You are required to send official score reports to the School of Medicine Admissions Office via email at: or by postal mail to: Mercer University School of Medicine – Attn: Graduate Program Enrollment Specialist – 1501 Mercer University Dr. – Macon, GA 31207.  Also, include your test date and scores in your online application form.

Test scores are not required for graduate degree holders, but these applicants must provide an official transcript showing their graduate course work and degree award.

Do not take your professional school entrance exam (MCAT, DAT, etc) until you have fully prepared!!  If you need a test score for MSPCS admissions, please take the general GRE exam, scheduling the test so that scores are available before June 5th and making your best attempt to do well on this exam.

What institutional code do I use to order GRE score reports?

For GRE score report transmission from ETS, use institutional code 5409 and department code 0000.

Can I send MCAT scores electronically from the testing service?

No.  You will need to download your score report as a pdf and send it by email to the School of Medicine Admissions Office at  The score report should include a verification code and your AMCAS ID.  Please include 'MSPCS' in the subject line of the email.

If I applied to the Mercer University School of Medicine MD Program, can letters of recommendation, MCAT scores and transcripts be copied into my MSPCS application file?

Yes. However, you must contact the School of Medicine Admissions Office at 478-301-2524 or to request that items be copied from your MD application to your MSPCS application.  While a copy of your transcript will be transferred to your MSPCS file, you must send a new official transcript from your degree granting institution.

I have taken the DAT (or other professional program entry exam).  The testing service will not allow me to transmit score reports electronically to other admissions offices.  How do I submit my score report for my MSPCS application?

First, try to download your official score report from the testing service website.  If that is not an option, then you must scan the official paper report that you received from the testing service.  Please send your score report as a pdf file by email to the School of Medicine Admissions Office at  Please include 'MSPCS' in the subject line of the email.

How recent do my test scores need to be?

All tests must have been taken after January 1, 2016.  For the MCAT, only MCAT2015 scores will be accepted.

What are the preferred minimum test scores for the admissions tests?

MCAT: 494

DAT: 17 (academic average)

GRE: 300 (verbal and quantitative component scores of 148 or above)

What is a competitive GPA for MSPCS admission?

The minimum GPA for admission is 2.8.  The average undergraduate GPA for the current class is 3.24.  The Admissions Committee places more weight on academic performance during the junior and senior years.  Use the application essay to explain academic difficulty or gaps in your academic transcript (such as leaves of absence).

My test scores and GPA meet the preferred minimum requirements.  What other parts of my application could influence my admission?

Letters:  Two letters are required.  Make sure these letters are submitted on time and are written by people who have supervised your work and know you well.  Letters from employment supervisors are acceptable.  At least one letter from an academic professor is preferred.

Essay:  Clearly explain your reasons for seeking admission, your career goals, and your experiences related to your career goals.  Include reasons for any academic deficiencies on your transcript or for time away from academic studies.  Please proofread your essay to correct typographical errors and to make sure that your statements are clear and logical.  The essay is part of the online application.

Does the MSPCS Program have a linkage agreement with the Mercer MD Program?

No.  However, of the Georgia residents in the classes of 2015 and 2016, 43% were accepted into the Mercer MD Program.

What is the current class schedule for the MSPCS Program?

For the 2016-2017, fall courses were scheduled during the weekdays, Monday through Thursday.  In 2017-2018, fall classes will likely follow the same schedule but are subject to change before August enrollment.

Monday/Wednesday 9:00 - 11:00 am
Tuesday/Thursday 9:00 - 11:00 am
Tuesday/Thursday 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Students must enroll in all courses.  No part-time enrollment will be allowed.