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Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology



The M.A. in Medical Sciences degree program is designed to help students enhance their understanding of the biological disciplines that are the intellectual foundation for medical school curricula and to help them develop formal skills in analysis of the biomedical literature and of ethical questions that impact the medical profession.

The program is a good fit for students with a good overall medical school application package who need an additional opportunity to demonstrate their ability to master challenging coursework. Students benefit from instruction from faculty members who are well-respected leaders in pre-medical education. They are also supported and guided by Loyola's highly effective Office of Pre-Health Professions as they progress through the medical school application process. Courses taught for MAMS students at the Stritch School of Medicine may be offered.

Students in the M.A. in Medical Sciences degree program receive:

Degree Requirements

To receive the M.A. in Medical Sciences degree, students must complete 24 credit hours in a curriculum drawn each year from the following courses:


Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and an MCAT Score of 25. Applicants whose qualifications do not meet both of these minimum requirements will not be considered for admission to the MAMS degree program.

Given the rigorous nature of our graduate Biology and Chemistry coursework students are strongly encouraged to have additional Biochemistry, Anatomy, Genetics, Cell Biology and/or Physiology courses as preparation for our program. One year of college level mathematics is required, the most competitive students have completed mathematics through Calculus. Each student’s individual record of academic achievement, clinical preparation, and self assessment will be evaluated by graduate faculty members, and weakness in one or a few areas of preparation will not preclude a positive admissions decision. However incomplete applications slow the review process, thus please maintain close contact with Graduate Professional Enrollment Management gradapp@luc.edu to ensure that your application is complete.

Due to our rolling admissions policy applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their application and enrollment as early in the year as possible to avoid disappointment. In most years 70% of the class is filled by the July 1st application deadline. We know many students on waiting lists for medical schools hope to delay application and enrollment into MAMS for as long as possible, however please understand that when the class fills all outstanding applications are canceled and no further action is taken on them. Only admitted applicants who have enrolled and made tuition deposits are ensured seats in the program.

NOTE, our final deadline for admitted applicants to accept their admission and enroll in the program is July 15th. However, the huge increase in numbers of applications to this program each year leads us to strongly encourage highly qualified applicants to complete their applications well prior to our May 15th Scholarship Priority Consideration Deadline.



Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago,IL 60660
Phone: 773.508.3620 · Fax: 773.508.3646 · E-mail: biologydept@luc.edu

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