Admissions Requirements

Geisel School of Medicine Admissions

Academic excellence. Scientific acumen. Diversity. Leadership. Compassion. Communication skills. A commitment to lifelong learning. The goal of the Geisel School of Medicine’s Admissions Committee is to enroll students who reflect all of those qualities and who will contribute to the uniquely close-knit and stimulating learning environment that defines Geisel. Dartmouth receives approximately 5,800 completed applications a year for about 90 places in the entering class. Geisel’s student body is national in scope and impact. In fact, the vast majority of our students—about 95 percent in recent years—come from out-of-state.

Academic requirements

While the specific academic requirements are listed below, please note that the Geisel School of Medicine reviews all previous education and experience.

  • One year (8 semester hours or equivalent) of general biology and general physics.
  • Two years (16 semester hours or equivalent) of chemistry, which must include one semester (or equivalent) of organic chemistry and one semester (or equivalent) of biochemistry.
  • One half-year (3 semester hours or equivalent) of college-level mathematics, including either calculus or statistics.
  • Facility in written and spoken English.
  • Three years of post-secondary study at U.S. and/or Canadian colleges or universities with a broad range of study that introduces students to the sciences and humanities, preparing students to understand both the scientific basis of medicine and human behavior and society.
  • Students are encouraged to major in a field of particular interest and, if possible, to pursue independent investigations in that field.
  • All candidates are required to present scores from the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).  The Admissions Committee considers each application holistically and does not employ rigid cutoffs, however applicants should be aware that accepted applications have a median combined MCAT score of 512 (or 33 on the pre-2015 MCAT), and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.65.
  • For 2018 entry, the MCAT exam must have been taken between January 2015 and September, 2017, with results to us by January 3, 2018.

Joint-degree programs at Dartmouth

In addition to the M.D. degree, Geisel medical students participate in the following degree programs:

MD-PhD program
The MD-PhD program is committed to training physician-scientists for the 21st century who will provide excellent patient care, lead discovery in biomedical disease-oriented research, advocate for basic and translational biomedical research, and take leadership roles in biomedical research and the delivery of health care. For more information, visit the MD-PhD program website or call (603) 650-1505.

MD-MBA program
The MD-MBA program is coordinated with Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. It is designed to create leaders in health care and medical administration and in entrepreneurial ventures in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical-product industries. Students apply to the Tuck School during their second year of medical school. The MD-MBA program admits up to 6 students per year and is typically completed in either five or six years. For more information, visit the MD-MBA Program website at Dartmouth or call (603) 650-1505.

Health policy programs
MD-MPH and MD-MS programs are offered in concert with The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Students apply after enrolling in the MD program. These unique programs provide students with the academic knowledge and skill sets to make an impact in evidence-based public health practice and quality improvement. For more information, visit the TDI programs page or call (603) 650-1530.

Engineering program
The MD-MS program with Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering is designed for people who intend to pursue clinical practice and want to develop research skills in a related engineering area. It is also well suited to students who want to study technologies they will employ as practicing physicians. The program provides a funded research experience in engineering that is expected to lead to a research publication and provides practice in engineering design and analysis. For more information, visit the Thayer School of Engineering website or call (603) 646-2230.