Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

MA in Medical Sciences: Application Questions

Answers to Common Applicant Questions

When is the application deadline?

July 1 is the deadline for receipt of all application materials and July 15 is the final deadline to accept admission to the program. Because a rolling admissions process is used, and a very large number of applications are received by the program, we strongly urge applicants to apply as early as possible in order to secure their seat.

My total GPA is below 3.0, will my application be considered?

No, the minimum cumulative GPA for admission to the program is a 3.0. Applications with lower GPAs will not be reviewed and exceptions will not be made.

Do I have to take the GRE or the MCAT?

You must take the MCAT. The absolute minimum score for consideration is 25 for the old MCAT and 500 with the confidence band for the new MCAT. Applications with lower MCAT scores will not be reviewed and exceptions will not be made. Other test scores are not used in admission deliberations.

Do I need to have my AMCAS application sent to Loyola?

Yes. If you have completed an AMCAS application in the last three years it is required that you submit it as part of your MAMS application package.

May I submit a committee evaluation letter?

Yes. If you already have a medical school application/AMCAS assembled, please use as much of it as possible when applying to the MA in Medical Sciences program.

May I submit updated materials for my application file?

We gladly accept relevant updates (additional transcripts, new MCAT scores, letters of recommendation) to your file. Please forward any updates to gradapp@luc.edu.

I submitted materials to Stritch, do I need to submit them to MAMS?

Yes. The Stritch School of Medicine, although part of Loyola University Chicago, is a separate School. They cannot legally release your application information to us.

Can MAMS staff tell me the status of my application by phone or e-mail?

NO, MAMS staff cannot provide you with updates about your application. Students who are unsure if their application is complete should contact GPEM (Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management) by e-mail at gradapp@luc.edu, or by phone at 312.915.8950.

Are scholarships or financial aid available?

Limited tuition scholarships based primarily on need may be available for enrolled MAMS students. A separate MAMS scholarship application is sent to accepted & enrolled applicants only. In addition to need, the applicant’s service record in clinical volunteering, social justice activities, and academic performance will be considered in the final decision. Candidates applying for scholarships need to complete their full financial aid application. All applicants need to complete the FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/)to determine their financial need. Please visit http://www.luc.edu/finaid/graduate.shtml for additional financial aid and loan information.

Are graduate teaching assistantships or research available?

Students in the MA in Medical Sciences program are not eligible for regular graduate teaching assistantships or research assistantships, because their main focus must be on excelling in the prescribed curriculum. However, the Department of Biology hires a small number of M.A. in Medical Science students on an hourly basis as teaching assistants in general biology. For more information, visit the Department of Biology.

Is the MAMS program at the Stritch School of Medicine?

No, the MA in Medical Sciences program is housed in the Department of Biology and the Graduate School at the Lakeshore campus. When applying online, do not link to graduate programs at the Loyola University Medical Center.

The program is 24 credit hrs. May I take more classes?

At the graduate level, 12–13 credit hours per semester is considered a full-time course load, and is the equivalent of 16–18 credit hours at the undergraduate level in terms of effort required.

How long does it take to hear about a final decision?

Time of acceptance notification varies greatly. Applicants who have received notification that their application is complete can be confident that the review process is underway.

When must I confirm my acceptance and enroll in the MAMS program?

July 15 is the deadline for communicating your acceptance of admission to the MAMS program in order to ensure a seat. Students must enroll by that date as well. However students subsequently admitted to medical school can withdraw from the program up to the end of the first week of classes without having to pay tuition.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about the MA in Medical Sciences program, please send your inquiries to our MAMS staff at mams@luc.edu or call at 773.508.3285.

Who can I contact to see if my application is complete?

Students who are unsure if their application is complete should contact GPEM (Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management) by e-mail at gradapp@luc.edu or by phone at 312.915.8950.

Advice regarding a guaranteed interview at SSOM from the MAMS Program:

Graduates of the MAMS program have been accepted at more than 75 medical schools across the United States.  Our students often enter the MAMS program with a particular medical school as their first choice - other students have multiple medical schools in mind.  Whichever of the two paths you take, we work with each of our students to help them achieve their goal.  If Stritch School of Medicine is your first choice for medical school, it is important to consider the expectations of the SSOM Admissions Office about third time applicants (see the GI policy from SSOM below).  In this case, it may be a strategic decision to NOT apply to Stritch the year you enter the MAMS program if that application would be your second to SSOM. 

In any given year, about one-third of students starting the MAMS program have an active application to medical school.  Many of these students are successful in gaining admission to medical school, however these applications have been prepared without the expert advising for which the MAMS program is renowned.  The medical school application prepared under the advice of your MAMS advisor is invariably much stronger than one prepared earlier.  While we in MAMS do not have an opinion for or against entering MAMS with an active medical school application, students who apply at the end of the MAMS program often have many more offers of admission giving the student a choice of medical schools to which they can attend.  The decision is entirely yours and we support our students in each case.


SSOM GI Policy from the Dean of Admissions:

A guaranteed admission interview* will be granted, after degree conferred, at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine for students who achieve a GPA in MAMS of 3.6 or higher and whose MCAT 2015 composite scores are at least 509. MCAT scores may not be older than three years at the time of application. Guaranteed interview offers are for one admissions cycle only, but may be deferred by one year after graduation from MAMS. If the total score is less than 509, but the confidence band includes 509 within its range, the applicant meets the requirement.

*The executive admissions committee reserves the right to deny or rescind a guaranteed interview or conditional acceptance offer if an applicant has a criminal history or a record of institutional action from an institution of higher education (college or university). Any MAMS applicant meeting the guaranteed interview academic criteria who is denied interview by the executive admissions committee due to criminal history or institutional action has the right to appeal to the Dean of the Stritch School of Medicine. The decision of the dean will be final.

Notice about third applications to SSOM

Stritch discourages third applications. Students in the MAMS program who have previously applied to medical school are strongly discouraged from re-applying prior to completing their programs. In most cases, the admissions committee will require grades and/or letters of recommendation from the MAMS program before extending an interview. Applicants who re-apply during the first semester of their programs without this information place themselves at risk of being third-time applicants during the subsequent year of potential guaranteed interviews. At large applicants granted interviews prior to completion of MAMS waive their right to a guaranteed interview in a subsequent application year.