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How to Apply

Minimum requirements to be considered at UNM School of Medicine:


For more detailed information on the UNM School of Medicine application process:

Program Types

Early Decision Program (EDP)

Applicants who apply through the Early Decision Program (EDP) can only apply to the University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNM SOM). Current New Mexico residents who desire to apply only to the UNM SOM may apply through the Early Decision Program. WICHE and non-resident applicants MUST apply through the EDP to receive consideration. All out-of-state residents must have at least the average MCAT/GPA threshold as the last years entering class to be given consideration for admission.

The 2018 entering class average MCAT composite was 30 or 506 and the average cumulative GPA was 3.75. EDP applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) no later than June so that scores will be available before the application deadline of August 1. Notifications of acceptance to the EDP are sent out on October 1. Applicants who do not get accepted under EDP could be placed in the Regular Decision applicant pool and may then apply to additional schools. EPD regulations apply to both AMCAS and non-AMCAS participating schools.

Additional information on the Early Decision Program is included in the AMCAS application.

Combined MD/MPH Program

The MD/MPH program is designed to provide integrated learning and enhance opportunities for medical students to acquire public health knowledge and skills. The program provides students an opportunity to increase their awareness, skills and knowledge in population based health strategies and interventions with the goals of; reducing disparities in health status within New Mexican populations, strengthening physician advocacy and leadership skills in health policy development, fostering evidence based interventions and using assessment skills to better determine population needs and interventions.

Students planning to pursue the combined MD/MPH degree should complete the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application and a UNM Public Health Program Application.

Additional information for the MD/MPH program can be obtained from the Master in Public Health or by contacting the School of Medicine Office of Admissions and/or the Public Health Program.

Combined MD/PhD Program

The MD/PhD program is designed to provide comprehensive training in both clinical sciences and a basic biomedical science discipline. The intent of the program is to provide students with an integrated and cohesive training experience while obtaining the MD/PhD dual degree. Students participate in activities common to both programs while involved in the medical school curriculum or engaged in Ph.D. dissertation research.

Currently, the program consists of 18 months of the medical school curriculum, followed by 3-4 years of Ph.D. dissertation research and the graduate school curriculum, and concludes with the remaining 2 years of the medical school curriculum. The program is designed to be completed in 7-8 years. The Ph.D. and M.D. degrees are awarded simultaneously at the end of the entire training period.

Students will take three one-month long rotations in research laboratories during the initial 20 months of the program. These experiences are meant to broaden the research experience of the students as they decide in what research area they wish to specialize. Students can pursue many lines of research activity performed by investigators in biomedical research in the School of Medicine.

Students planning to pursue the combined MD/PhD degree should complete the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) application. A specialized Admissions Committee for the MD/PhD program evaluates applications when all materials have been received.

Additional information for the MD/PhD program can be obtained from the MD/PhD, or by contacting the School of Medicine Office of Admissions and/or the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.