Doctor of Medicine


The M.D. degree is designed for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree. In special circumstances, some applicants are eligible to apply with 90 semester hours of undergraduate coursework. Applicants must first apply through AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) and the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is required. For more information about this program please visit the College of Medicine Admissions site.

Refer to this link if you are interested in applying to the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD).

International Applicants

International applicants must have a permanent resident visa in order to apply to the regular MD program. This does not apply to those applying to the combined MD/PhD program (MSTP). International applicants to the MD/PhD program are considered with or without a permanent resident visa. 


MUSC College of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Electronic applications may be accessed through the Association of American Medical Colleges

(AAMC) website at

To complete your file for the College of Medicine, a minimum of three, no more than five, individual letters of recommendation (at least 2 from science professors preferred) or a pre-medical advisory committee packet must be submitted. Letters of Recommendation or committee packets should be submitted through AMCAS.

A supplemental application is available online for applicants whose verified AMCAS application has been received. All applicants must complete the supplemental application for further consideration.

2020-2021 Application Statistics for MD

SC Residents

Out of State

Applied: 652 3,161
Mean GPA scores of accepted applicants 3.89 3.89
Mean MCAT scores of accepted applicants 512* 516*

*as of 03/04/2021

These statistics do not apply to Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) applicants.

Use of Marijuana and/or CBD Products

Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and is illegal to purchase in South Carolina. Apart from a narrow and limited scope of codified/documented medical exceptions, it is illegal for individuals to use marijuana/tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  in South Carolina. Although cannabidiol (CBD) products may be purchased and used in South Carolina, please be aware that CBD products may contain higher levels of THC than represented on packaging and use of CBD products can result in a positive drug screen for THC/marijuana.  Be aware that current drug testing methods cannot accurately ascertain the origins of THC metabolites (i.e., whether from marijuana or CBD products). Your academic program has the authority to conduct random and/or scheduled drug testing; if your test result is reported as positive for THC metabolites (even if you only used a CBD product), your ability to be accepted into the program, progress in the program, and/or successfully complete the program may be negatively impacted.  

Application Deadlines

Start Term Application Type Available Deadline
Fall 2022 AMCAS Regular MD July 1, 2021 November 1, 2021
Fall 2021 MUSC Supplemental MD Application July 1, 2020 March 31, 2021
Fall 2022 MUSC Supplemental MD Application July 1, 2021 December 15, 2021