Admissions FAQs

We recognize that students have been impacted in complex, diverse, and unique ways during COVID-19. Please remember that Duke uses holistic review of applicants for fairness and thoughtful review.

Grading: For the upcoming admissions cycle (2023) will accept courses on a Pass/Fail, Pass/No Pass, and Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. In addition, Duke will also accept online courses, however, we prefer, especially for science and laboratory classes that they care conducted in person and for a letter grade, if possible.

MCAT: Duke requires the MCAT test, however, your application can be reviewed and you can be invited for an interview without your score. If your application was reviewed without an MCAT and a decision was not made, we will re-evaluate your application once your MCAT is submitted. The MCAT test is required for acceptance consideration, therefore MCAT scores from January 2018 through September 2022 test dates will be considered. Please note: with our fast-paced curriculum we would expect that applicants have a minimum MCAT of 500 to be reviewed and evaluated by our committee.

Deadlines: The AAMC deadline is October 15th and Duke Secondary application is November 15th. We will begin reviewing completed applications by late-July/early-August and our goal is to start inviting applicants for interviews by September.

Interviews: DukeMed will hold virtual Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) this year. We will hold interviews Monday through Thursday from mid-September through the end of January. DukeMed Office of Admissions will contact you via email if you have been selected for an interview.

COVID-19 related Questions

Yes, our application screeners will be taking COVID related disruptions into consideration as they review applications. We are aware of the multiple issues that have resulted, including pass/fail grading, online or canceled labs, interrupted experiences, the potential for late letters of recommendation and delayed transcripts, etc. and all these factors and any other incurred will be taken into consideration.

We will continue to require an MCAT as a part of the completed application, however, we will review your application holistically and consider inviting you for an interview without the MCAT. Your application would be required to have an MCAT score prior to being considered for acceptance. We realize there have been many delays in MCAT testing and as such we have also moved our admissions season two weeks later as well.

Application Questions

Once your application is submitted, you will not receive any further correspondence from our office regarding your status. Students can login to the online supplemental application to check the status of the application and confirm your application was successfully submitted. The DukeMed Supplemental Application is a self-managed process and we do not send emails to you until the interview process. You will find your current application status as well as a progress meter displayed on your 'Applicant Dashboard' located on your Duke supplemental Application Portal.

If you would like confirmation your secondary application was submitted, you will check the application dashboard page on the Duke Supplemental Application. You will not receive a confirmation email once your application is submitted. The login for you Duke Supplemental Application is here.

Yes. DukeMed can see all of your MCAT test scores from previous administrations of the MCAT. We do not combine scores of the sections to make your cumulative score higher. Instead we take the highest score.

Each applicant must submit a minimum four (4) letters of recommendation, two of which must be from science faculty. Science faculty could be lab or class work. It would also be beneficial to have a clinical letter addressing your ability to work with others. If your school submits a committee letter, it applies the four letter rule. In other words, if you have a committee letter, you won't need to submit four letters of recommendation.

You can submit a letter from anyone who can write on your behalf regarding your scientific capabilities.

We would prefer that those who have had close contact in a teaching environment, supervisory position where scientific research supervision is documented or in the absence of the above two experiences a supervisory in a clinical experience provide support for your application.

Yes, Additional letters can be sent as long as the letters are in support of your application.

In MSAR we indicate maximum of six letter, however with 8000+ applicants, please choose carefully as our screeners will not necessarily read more than four since that is what we publish as recommended in lieu of single composite letter.

  • Verified AMCAS Application
  • Duke SOM Supplemental Application (secondary application)
  • Required four letters of recommendation
  • Official MCAT scores
  • Application fee ($100)

Please update your address or contact information on the AMCAS application. Once updated in AAMC, the Duke application will be automatically updated.

We currently accept credit card or e-check payments for $100 (USD). We DO NOT accept cash. Credit card and e-check payments must be made online via our Admissions System. Please note: you will receive a link to the Admissions System once you have been verified. Students who are granted fee waivers by AMCAS’s Fee Assistance Program (FAP) will be given fee waivers for the Duke secondary application once the application is complete. We will not waive the fee for any other requests.

You are welcome to submit application updates with your secondary application. We will allow publications that have been accepted, elections to honorary societies, service or travel awards, any updates to your application that were not submitted in your original application including academic or social infraction that would adversely affect your application. To make an application update, please go to your secondary application additional consideration section and upload

Once your application is verified by AMCAS, an automated email will be generated by the Duke system with your Supplementary Application. If you cannot find this email, please ensure you have checked all folders of your email, including the spam folder before reaching out to our office.

Eligibility Questions

Applicants must have received an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university by the time of matriculation.

DukeMed no longer requires pre-requisites for course completion at DukeMed. The choice of appropriate courses is the student’s and should prepare them not only for the new MCATs but also broadly for the environment in which students will increasingly be expected to practice medicine. Any judgment about your preparation in this area will be based on the MCAT performance, the inclusion of sociology/psychology-based exposure(s) in your list of activities, the quality and breadth/depth of your essays, and if you are invited to interview, how these exposures contribute to mature discussions with our MMI raters and interactions during the interview day with faculty and students.

DukeMed considers international students and requires completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited American College or University. If the undergraduate degree is from a foreign college, at least two years of university work at an American-accredited university or college will be required. 

Duke Med will only evaluate credentials from students who have done their coursework in an American accredited university or college.

The MD/PhD program does not consider international candidates.

International students are considered for admission to Duke Medicine without regard to their country of origin.

DukeMed will accept coursework from community college that has been accepted by your undergraduate institution.

Due to COVID-19, Duke Med will accept online courses during the Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 semesters.

Our unique curriculum does not allow the transfer of students to our curriculum where the basic curriculum is completed during the first year of medicine and the initial clinical rotations are completed in the second year of the curriculum. A third year of required scholarly work in clinical or basic science research and/or in an approved dual degree program is required. This is followed by a fourth year of required advanced clinical work. As a result equivalency with a more traditional curriculum is not possible.

Therefore DukeMed does not consider transfer into its curriculum and only in situations where the spouse of a currently enrolled student or spouse of a DukeMed faculty are involved AND only if there is space in our class.

Duke Medicine takes all majors into consideration when applying to the program.

AP credits that are accepted by your undergraduate are also accepted as part of your medical school application.

Yes. Applicants are considered for admission to Duke SoM without regard to their country of origin. Eligible applicants include individuals who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of the applications as well as undocumented students. If admitted, undocumented students could be eligible for institutional financial aid on the basis of financial need.

DukeMed accepts applications from Canadian students who have done their undergrad in Canada; however our financial aid is limited for students who are not American citizens.

Timeline Questions

Duke will accept MCAT Scores from 2018 for applicants applying for entry in Fall 2023*

MCAT Scores must be completed by the end of September 2022 in order to be considered for the upcoming application cycle.

The old format of the MCAT test is no longer accepted.

October 15th at 11:59 pm EST is the last day to send completed AMCAS application. November 15th at 11:59 PM EST is the last day to send the completed Duke Supplementary application.

The Admissions Committee will notify applicants of its decisions in mid-February. 

Securing your place as a Duke University School of Medicine MD, PCLT or MSTP (MD/PhD) student in the 2023 entering class requires the following:

  • Adhering to the AMCAS guidelines for choosing a medical school, “Plan to Enroll” becomes available for accepted applicants to select in the Choose Your Medical School tool, located within the AMCAS application (note: only applicants who receive an acceptance offer from a participating school will be able to see and use the tool).
  • Continuing to adhere to the AMCAS guidelines on May 1, “Commit to Enroll” becomes available for accepted applicants to select, in addition to “Plan to Enroll,” in the Choose Your Medical School tool, located within the AMCAS application (note: selecting “Commit to Enroll” does not automatically withdraw applicants from other medical schools). Per the AMCAS Application and Acceptance Protocols for Applicants, applicants should narrow their acceptance offers to one MD, PCLT, or MSTP Program, with no limit on the number of alternate list offers they may hold
  • By June 15, applicants must "Commit to Enroll" at Duke University School of Medicine and withdraw all other wait list offers from other programs.
  • Your non-refundable $100 e-check tuition deposit must be received by May 1, by 11:59 PM, EST. The $100 deposit will be added to your Fall tuition.

Financial Aid Questions

There is limited financial aid for international students. Please refer to the financial aid website here for further details:

Duke Supplemental Application Fee Waivers are considered for applicants who have received an AMCAS Fee Waiver. To be considered for a Duke Supplemental Application Fee Waiver you must have been approved for the AMCAS Fee Waiver Assistance Program.

Your fee assistance request will be approved after you submit your completed secondary application. No payment will be required.

Interview Questions

DukeMed will hold virtual Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) this year. We will hold interviews Monday through Thursday from mid-September through the end of January. DukeMed Office of Admissions will contact you via email if you have been selected for an interview.

MD/PhD (MSTP) & PCLT Questions

You must submit your application through AMCAS and indicate MD/PhD. You will be given the option of MD/PhD with MD consideration or MD/PhD only. If you choose MD/PhD only your application will not be reviewed by the MD program.

If you selected MD consideration on your MSTP application the MD program will review your application after the MSTP committee has made a decision.

All PCLT applicants will be considered for the traditional MD track if not considered by the PCLT program.

Miscellaneous Questions

We do not provide tours/visits of the School of Medicine except for those students selected to interview as part of the Admissions process.

Personal characteristics and learning skills are as important as excellence in academic performance. There must be evidence of commitment to acquire an knowledge base and also to develop learning and problem-solving skills that will sustain life-long growth. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to service to others and to society in general. Finally, applicants should demonstrate well-informed and carefully explored reasons for seeking a career in medicine.

We do not offer an undergraduate program in medicine. All students accepted into our School of Medicine are required to have completed at least an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university before applying into medical school. There are some schools that have combined undergraduate/MD programs and the AAMC website could provide more details as to those program and requirements.

Duke Med strongly recommends that students have access to reliable transportation, such as personal vehicles, in order to travel to clinical training sites located off main campus. With limited public transportation options in Durham, if you do not have a personal vehicle, you should be prepared to rely on alternate modes of transport such as Uber/Lyft or other personally-sourced modes of transportation.  Please note that training at clinical sites in the community is a fundamental part of our curriculum in preparing you to care for patients and families.