The academic program leading to the MD degree is designed to produce physicians who are knowledgeable of the principles of modern medical science and who have mastered the art of critical thinking in the clinical decision-making process so they may engage in the practice of medicine as competent professionals.
Dual degree programs are offered jointly with the Graduate School (MD/Ph.D.), the College of Arts & Sciences (BS/MD) and the School of Business (MD/MBA). Admission into any of the Dual M.D. degree programs and the regular M.D. degree are highly competitive. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an interview, nor admission.
Six training programs leading to the Master of Science and/or Doctor of Philosophy degree are available in the College of Medicine. These degrees are offered through programs in anatomy, microbiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and physiology & biophysics. For admission and specific degree requirements, students should consult the Graduate School.
Acceptance to First-Year BS/MD Program Class
The BS/MD Program allows the student to complete the requirements for both the BS and MD degree in six years instead of the customary eight years. A limited number of students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences will be admitted each year to the Howard University College of Medicine as part of the entering class of traditionally selected students.
BS/MD requirements for entering into the College of Medicine include: Minimum science GPA of 3.25; minimum overall GPA of 3.5; minimum total MCAT score of 504; strong interview and supportive letters of recommendation.
Admission with Advanced Standing (Transfers)
Basic criteria for admission to the College of Medicine with advanced standing are the following:
Completion of the first and second years of medical school at a U.S. or Canadian LCME approved medical school.
Enrollment in good standing at that institution
Earning a passing score on Step 1 of the USMLE
HUCM does not accept transfers into the first, 2nd, or 4th year classes.
Admission will not be granted to students based on courses completed at a foreign medical school.
The college will not regularly consider a student who has been dropped from the rolls of another medical school for poor scholarship or for disciplinary reasons.
Applications for advanced standing must be received no later than May 1 of the year in which the student wishes to enter.
$75.00 Advanced Standing application fee (HUCM does not accept fee waiver). The application fee must accompany the application, and is payable via money order only.
Readmission to the Medical School
Students dropped from the College of Medicine or who withdraw not in good academic standing may petition for readmission. For information regarding procedures for requesting readmission, please write to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, David A. Rose, M.D. All petitions for readmission should be received by May 1 of the year of desired matriculation.
Howard University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. The College of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
Visiting the College
- Tours of the medical school are conducted on the first Friday of each month between August and April (except holidays). Please note: First Friday Open Houses are not offered May, June and July. A presentation and question & answer session starts promptly at 12:00 pm. A tour of the medical school will begin about 12:45 pm.
- Size of Class: 120
- Proud of a tradition of training physicians of all races, ethnic groups, religions, and nationalities.
- No state residency requirement.
- International students accepted on a limited basis.
- College of Medicine conducts a holistic review of applications
- MCAT – 494 or above (Mean score is 503), we do not consider MCAT scores below a 494 for interview eligibility
- Science GPA (BCPM) of 3.0 or above
- Interest in delivering superior patient care to underserved populations