Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

Admission Requirements


Applicants who are a good fit for the MA in Medical Sciences (MAMS) program will already be good candidates for admission to medical school, but need to strengthen their academic preparation. This means that all medical school prerequisites must have been completed. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed at least the equivalent of an undergraduate minor in one of the natural sciences.



Given the rigorous nature of our graduate Biology and Chemistry course work 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. Please maintain close contact with Graduate Professional Enrollment Management gradapp@luc.edu to ensure that your application is complete and ready for review.


All applications must be complete by August 1st*.  Applicants accepted to the program on or before April 15th must enroll by June 15th. Applicants accepted to the program after April 15th must enroll by August 9th. Please know that we fill our class on a rolling basis. Therefore, we strongly encourage prospective students to complete their applications and enroll as soon as possible. We know many students on medical school waiting lists wish to delay their application and enrollment for as long as possible. However, all outstanding applications are canceled when the class fills. Only admitted applicants who enroll are ensured a seat in the program.

*Application deadline has been extended this cycle due to COVID-19. Applicants whose timely submission of materials have been affected by COVID-19 will have these extenuating circumstances taken into strong consideration by our admissions committee

Minimum Application Requirements

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on all Undergraduate, Post-Baccalaureate or Graduate study. Applications with cumulative GPAs below the minimum will not be reviewed and exceptions will not be made.

Minimum score 500 in confidence bands.

Scores must be in the 75% in Verbal Reasoning and at least 50% in Quantitative Reasoning rankings. 

*Due to MCAT and GRE test dates being impacted by COVID-19, MAMS will wait and continue consideration to those whose are applications are complete other than these score being submitted. The MAMS program will continue to be very flexible for applicants whose submissions of materials have been delayed by COVID-19.

Note: If you have taken the MCAT and the GRE exams, both scores must be submitted with your MAMS application.  Students who have applied to medical school must submit an officially processed and accepted copy of their most recently completed AMCAS, TMDSAS, or AACOMAS application. This copy can be sent in PDF or paper format. It does not have to be directly transmitted from the application service.

Pre-requisite Courses: All medical school pre-requisite courses must be completed by the time the student enters MAMS (one year of biology, one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one year of physics and one year of mathematics, preferably calculus).

Application Materials

MAMS Application Application to the Graduate School of Loyola University Chicago
Official MCAT &/or GRE Score(s)

MCAT: Minimum score of 500 (within confidence bands). MCAT scores cannot be more than three years old.


Click here to release MCAT score(s).

GRE: Scores must be in the 75% in Verbal Reasoning and at least 50% in Quantitative Reasoning rankings.

Official Transcript(s) Official Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
Officially Processed AMCAS, TMDSAS, or AACOMAS (only for students who have applied to medical school) Students who have applied to medical school must submit an officially processed and accepted copy of their most recently completed AMCAS, TMDSAS, or AACOMAS application. This copy can be sent in PDF or paper format. It does not have to be directly transmitted from the application service.

An “in progress” or unofficial application may be sent by students who are first time applicants to medical school who have not yet completed an application cycle, if AACOM, AAMC, or TMDSAS has not yet completed review of the application.
Expanded Resume Students should provide a detailed account of their extracurricular experiences. Discuss any clinical, employment, teaching, leadership and research experiences along with a brief description of what was learned from each experience.
Personal Statement The personal statement conveys the student's motivation for becoming a physician, and shares experiences that have contributed to their decision.

Students may use the personal statement from their most recent completed AMCAS, TMDSAS, or AACOMAS application, if applicable.
Statement of Purpose/Medical School Application History The statement of purpose explains your career goals and why you would be a good fit for the program. Why have you chosen the MAMS program and how will it help you on your journey to becoming a physician?

For students who have applied to medical school, an application history must be provided. This includes information on how many times the student has applied for entry into medical school and what the results were. Provide information on whether or not the student was granted any interviews or placed on waitlists.
Three Letters of Recommendation

Students must provide three letters of recommendation appropriate for medical school or the committee letter written by their undergraduate institution.  One letter must be from a science faculty member, one letter must be from a faculty of their choosing, and one letter must be from a volunteer position, clinical coordinator, or employer.

Letters of special value to the MAMS application review committee include an evaluation of the student's performance in non-research associated clinical patient contact settings. Academic and research letters are also useful.

Attention International Student Applicants:  Prospective students applying the the MA in Medical Sciences program must be either be US citizens or Permanent Residents of the US in order to apply to MAMS. 

Applicants are reminded that medical schools routinely conduct national background checks on conditionally accepted applicants. Admission to medical school can be rescinded if an applicant’s criminal history, military discharge status, or other records raise concerns for patient safety or physician licensure. Applicants would be well advised to self-disclose anything of this nature early.

Apply Now

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.

Note: July 15 is the final deadline for admitted applicants to accept their admission and to enroll into the MAMS program. Highly qualified applicants are encouraged to complete their applications well before the August 1 application deadline. The MAMS program acts upon applications and admits students on a rolling basis.