Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

MA in Medical Sciences: Application Questions

Answers to Common Applicant Questions

When is the application deadline?

July 1 is the deadline for receipt of all application materials and July 15 is the final deadline to accept admission to the program. Because a rolling admissions process is used, and a very large number of applications are received by the program, we strongly urge applicants to apply as early as possible in order to secure their seat.

My total GPA is below 3.0, will my application be considered?

No, the minimum cumulative GPA for admission to the program is a 3.0. Applications with lower GPAs will not be reviewed and exceptions will not be made.

Do I have to take the GRE or the MCAT?

You must take the MCAT. The absolute minimum score for consideration is 25 for the old MCAT and 500 with the confidence band for the new MCAT. Applications with lower MCAT scores will not be reviewed and exceptions will not be made. Other test scores are not used in admission deliberations.

Do I need to have my AMCAS application sent to Loyola?

Yes. If you have completed an AMCAS application in the last three years it is required that you submit it as part of your MAMS application package.

May I submit a committee evaluation letter?

Yes. If you already have a medical school application/AMCAS assembled, please use as much of it as possible when applying to the MA in Medical Sciences program.

May I submit updated materials for my application file?

We gladly accept relevant updates (additional transcripts, new MCAT scores, letters of recommendation) to your file. Please forward any updates to gradapp@luc.edu.

I submitted materials to Stritch, do I need to submit them to MAMS?

Yes. The Stritch School of Medicine, although part of Loyola University Chicago, is a separate School. They cannot legally release your application information to us.

Can MAMS staff tell me the status of my application by phone or e-mail?

NO, MAMS staff cannot provide you with updates about your application. Students who are unsure if their application is complete should contact GPEM (Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management) by e-mail at gradapp@luc.edu, or by phone at 312.915.8950.

Are scholarships or financial aid available?

Limited tuition scholarships based primarily on need may be available for enrolled MAMS students. A separate MAMS scholarship application is sent to accepted & enrolled applicants only. In addition to need, the applicant’s service record in clinical volunteering, social justice activities, and academic performance will be considered in the final decision. Candidates applying for scholarships need to complete their full financial aid application. All applicants need to complete the FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/)to determine their financial need. Please visit http://www.luc.edu/finaid/graduate.shtml for additional financial aid and loan information.

Are graduate teaching assistantships or research available?

Students in the MA in Medical Sciences program are not eligible for regular graduate teaching assistantships or research assistantships, because their main focus must be on excelling in the prescribed curriculum. However, the Department of Biology hires a small number of M.A. in Medical Science students on an hourly basis as teaching assistants in general biology. For more information, visit the Department of Biology.

Is the MAMS program at the Stritch School of Medicine?

No, the MA in Medical Sciences program is housed in the Department of Biology and the Graduate School at the Lakeshore campus. When applying online, do not link to graduate programs at the Loyola University Medical Center.

The program is 24 credit hrs. May I take more classes?

At the graduate level, 12–13 credit hours per semester is considered a full-time course load, and is the equivalent of 16–18 credit hours at the undergraduate level in terms of effort required.

How long does it take to hear about a final decision?

Time of acceptance notification varies greatly. Applicants who have received notification that their application is complete can be confident that the review process is underway.

When must I confirm my acceptance and enroll in the MAMS program?

July 15 is the deadline for communicating your acceptance of admission to the MAMS program in order to ensure a seat. Students must enroll by that date as well. However students subsequently admitted to medical school can withdraw from the program up to the end of the first week of classes without having to pay tuition.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about the MA in Medical Sciences program, please send your inquiries to our MAMS staff at mams@luc.edu or call at 773.508.3285.

Who can I contact to see if my application is complete?

Students who are unsure if their application is complete should contact GPEM (Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management) by e-mail at gradapp@luc.edu or by phone at 312.915.8950.