Cooper Medical School of Rowan Univerisity
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Admission Process

Note: CMSRU does not accept Transfer Applications


M.D. Program

Step One: AMCAS Application and MCAT

Applicants to Cooper Medical School of Rowan University are required to apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). To submit an application, visit AMCAS at The AMCAS application cycle runs from June through December. CMSRU will not review incomplete or unverified AMCAS applications. All applicants are required to submit valid MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) scores. For Fall 2021 entrance to CMSRU, the MCAT must be taken between January 2017 and no later than September 2020. Applicants can register for the MCAT by visiting the AMCAS website at

For the 2020 - 2021 application cycle application cycle, Cooper Medical School will participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP). The minimum requirements in order to qualify for Early Decision: all EDP applicants must have at least a grade point average of 3.6 in science courses (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics), at least a 3.5 overall grade point average, and a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) total score of at least 507. Students participating in the EDP must submit the AMCAS application, MCAT score and all official transcripts by August 3, 2020. (Verification by AMCAS can take several weeks and does not begin until all materials and official transcripts have been received.) A decision will be made concerning each application by no later than October 1 so that candidates who are not offered admission in the class have adequate time to submit applications to other medical schools.

Dates are subject to change based on the evolving status of the Covid-19 Pandemic.  The Medical School Admissions Requirements website for CMSRU through AMCAS will be updated as needed.

Step Two: Secondary Application

All complete and verified AMCAS applications (including transcripts, MCAT scores and letters of recommendation) will be screened for evidence of academic readiness. Unverified and partial applications will not be screened. Select applicants will be invited on a rolling basis to complete a secondary application.

Step Three: Interview Selection Screening

CMSRU will complete a holistic review of all completed application materials to determine whether to invite an applicant for an interview. An applicant’s match to the CMSRU mission is critical, and metrics alone do not show how well a candidate's application will resonate with CMSRU.

Step Four: Interview

Select applicants will be invited to attend a virtual interview day.

Step Five: Admission Decision

Early Decision applicants will be notified of their admissions decisions by mid to late September. The first Regular MD acceptance notices will be released on October 15, 2020 in accordance with AAMC traffic rules. After October 15, 2020 applicants will be notified of the admissions decision within three weeks of a candidate’s interview date.

Step Six: Acceptance and Deposit

Admitted students are required to submit a deposit in order to accept CMSRU’s offer within two weeks of receiving the acceptance offer.

MD Program – Accelerated Three-Year Primary Care Track (PC3 Program) For More Information About This Program Click Here

Steps One through Six: AMCAS Application and MCAT

Students will follow Steps One through Six as for the regular MD Program

Step Seven: Submit a PC3 Application

Once accepted to CMSRU, you may submit an application to the PC3 track.

You will be interviewed by faculty of the PC3 track and Cooper residency programs in a separate process in early spring.

Students wishing to apply should submit the following to

  • A personal statement (no more than 800 words) that describes your desire to become a Primary Care Internist or Pediatrician and the qualities that make you an excellent choice for the PC3 program.
  • A current curriculum vitae, highlighting any skills and experiences that support your interest in a primary care career.

We are now accepting applications for the PC3 track.

Step Eight: PC3 Interview

Students will be scheduled for an interview with CMSRU and Cooper Residency Faculty on the afternoon of CMSRU’s Second Look Day in early April 2020.

Students who are unable to come to Camden for the Second Look Day can be accommodated.

Step Nine: Selection and Notification

Students will be notified of the outcome shortly after the Second Look Day interview.


M.D. Program – Special Pathways and Articulations

Special admissions procedures are open to eligible PULSE alumni (from any undergraduate institution) and undergraduate students who enter BS-MD articulations through Rowan University and University of the Sciences.

PULSE pathways: These special admissions pathways offer qualified PULSE participants the opportunity to gain acceptance to CMSRU via MCAT-optional and MCAT requiring routes. The Office of Community and Diversity Affairs will notify eligible PULSE candidates of the application process and specific requirements, and full admission to the MD program is granted after a successful interview with CMSRU admissions committee representatives.

MCAT optional (4 students per year max)
• Complete 2 sessions of PULSE
• Complete all CMSRU prerequisites
• Complete 90 undergraduate credit hours
• Science GPA > 3.6 (minimum of 35 credit hours)
• Overall GPA > 3.4

MCAT required (8 students per year max)
• Complete 1 session of PULSE
• Complete all CMSRU prerequisites
• Complete 90 undergraduate credit hours
• MCAT > 60th percentile
• Science GPA > 3.5 (minimum of 35 credit hours)
• Overall GPA > 3.4

BS-MD articulation agreements: High school students interested in pursuing the BS-MD pathways must first be accepted into their undergraduate programs*. Qualified candidates will be invited to submit a special application to the BS-MD committee, and preliminary admission to the MD program is granted after a successful interview with CMSRU admissions committee representatives. More program information can be found here.

MD/PhD Program

CMSRU participates in a joint MD/PhD program with the Department of Biomedical Engineering of Rowan University. To be accepted into this program, applicants must independently successfully complete both the Rowan PhD and CMSRU MD program admissions processes. Applicants to the program undergo the same screening, interview process, and admissions committee consideration as regular applicants to CMSRU. The CMSRU admissions committee is solely responsible for acceptance of applicants into the MD component of the MD/PhD program.

*Transfer students are not eligible for these programs.