Welcome to the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine Academic Requirements page. We thank you for your interest in our program.

The goal of the School of Medicine is to produce outstanding physicians who are well prepared for meeting society's health care needs in the 21st century. This section of the web site is designed to help you understand our admissions process, including our policies, procedures, requirements, and admissions criteria. Our Admissions Committee seeks students who will thrive in the educational setting at UNC's medical school and who demonstrate altruism, integrity, leadership, community service, motivation, and the ability to communicate effectively with others.

Barring extraordinary circumstances, a Bachelor's degree is required for admission and, in fact, all students in recent years have had a Bachelor's degree, and or a graduate degree. Students are encouraged to pursue one or more scholarly interest in depth during the undergraduate years, but course work must demonstrate proficiency in the natural sciences. A student who earns a degree in less than four years may apply, but should recognize that understanding the human condition and developing good judgment require experience. Without unusual qualifications, questions about breadth of education, maturity, experience, and motivation may put such an applicant at a disadvantage.

Academic preparation should include the prerequisite courses listed below regardless of your field of study.  Prerequisite courses must have been satisfactorily completed within the five (5) years prior to submitting an AMCAS application to our school. If completion of the science prerequisites is older than five (5) years, then the applicant must either repeat the prerequisite science coursework (30 credit hours or more) -OR- demonstrate current mastery in the natural sciences by satisfactorily completing a graduate science program in the natural sciences  before applying to our medical school -OR- complete 30 credit hours or more in upper level science course work in Chemistry, Biology, Physiology, Physics, Microbiology, etc. before applying.

Course Requirements

    Minimum Semester Hours
    Substitutions are not acceptable for any of the required courses, and the science course work should be taken in a seated class.
    General Biology including at least one course with lab.
    It is strongly recommended that students take at least one course in Cell and Molecular Biology, or Genetics to enhance preparation.

    General  Chemistry with lab 
    Organic Chemistry with lab 8
    General Physics with lab 8
    In addition, a course in Biochemistry is strongly recommended -
    English Please note that if you satisfy your undergraduate institution's English or Literature requirement for your degree program, you will also satisfy ours. 6
    Behavioral or Social Sciences (e.g., Humanities, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Diversity, etc.) 3
    Advanced Placement (AP) courses are accepted as long as they appear on your official transcript. If you have received AP credit for any of the required science courses, we strongly advise you to take advanced level college courses to enhance your academic preparation for medical school.Your AP courses must meet the equivalent semester hours required including any of the associating labs.



    Additional Requirements

    Students should also plan to take the MCAT no later than September prior to the year they are applying. MCAT scores cannot be older than three years at the time you submit your AMCAS application.
    Review the technical standards that apply to all entering medical students.
    We do require that your undergraduate coursework has been completed at an accredited college or university within the U.S. or Canada, and that your grades are documented in letter-grade format on your transcript and not pass/fail.


    If your degree is from an educational institution not located in the United States or Canada, AMCAS, the degree verification service, will not certify your credentials. Therefore, our prerequisites must be met from an accredited college or university within the United States or Canada to allow eligibility for verification by AMCAS.

    After your prerequisites have been successfully completed, and AMCAS has verified your credentials,  UNC School of Medicine will review your application, and take into consideration all of your educational degrees.

    Beyond the fixed requirements, a variety of undergraduate educational experiences are appropriate to medicine. The school values a pattern of preparation for medicine that shows serious and mature use of the undergraduate years. Course work in the humanities and social sciences as well as advanced work in the sciences and mathematics is preferred. Proficiency in English is essential.

    Statement on Equal Educational Opportunity

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is open to all people of all races, is committed to equality of educational opportunity, and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on based on race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The Equal Opportunity/ADA Office has primary responsibility for administering this policy. Moreover, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill actively seeks to promote diversity by recruiting and enrolling disadvantaged students and students from underrepresented groups.

    After you have reviewed our web site and find that you have specific questions about the Admissions process, please contact us at:

    Office of Admissions
    UNC School of Medicine
    1001 Bondurant Hall, CB #9500
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-9500
    Phone: (919) 962-8331, Fax: (919) 966-9930