Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology



Applications must be submitted by July 1st, 2020. Please know that we fill our class on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage prospective students to complete their applications and enroll as soon as possible

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

Yes, the MAMS Program requires applicants to submit their MCAT or GRE scores. 


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


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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 MA in Medical Science students on an hourly basis as teaching assistants in general biology. For more information, visit the Department of Biology.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.