M.D. Eligibility

To pursue an M.D. degree at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine students must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • South Dakota resident or non-resident with strong ties to the state such as:
      • Graduation from a high school in South Dakota.
      • A parent living in South Dakota.
      • A child of one of our medical school alumni.
      • A member of a federally-recognized tribe from a bordering state.
      • Completing at least 90 credits at a college or university in South Dakota.
      • An enrolled member of a U.S. Federally-recognized tribe may apply to the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine through the Indians into Medicine (INMED) program. To apply, the applicant must file an AMCAS application identifying the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine as a school to which they are applying and they must also complete the Medical School INMED application to verify their tribal status.
  • A minimum of 64 semester credits of college course work for Admissions Committee consideration, with a minimum of 90 semester credits of college course work before matriculation.
  • Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) within three years of the AMCAS application deadline of November 1.
  • All applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.10 and a composite MCAT score of at least 496 (23 with MCAT prior to 2015) to be offered an interview. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.10 may be considered on an individual basis if they have achieved an MCAT of at least 496 or higher and they have recent and significant coursework with a higher performance.
  • Complete the equivalent of the following semesters of course work, including laboratory experience where available, in the following areas:
      • Biology - 2 semesters.
      • General (Inorganic) chemistry - 2 semesters.
      • Organic chemistry - 1 semester.
      • Biochemistry - 1 semester.
      • Physics - 2 semesters.
      • Mathematics - 1 semester.
      • Statistics - 1 semester.
      • Although not required, the following courses (one semester each) are recommended to enhance an applicant's preparation for medical school: Second semester of Organic Chemistry; Genetics; Microbiology; Physiology; Psychology; Sociology.
  • Agree to the terms of Technical Standards for Admission.

M.D./Ph.D. Eligibility

To pursue an M.D./Ph.D degree at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine students must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • At least a bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution.
  • Complete the equivalent of the following semesters of course work, including laboratory experience where available, in the following areas:
    • Biology - 2 semesters.
    • General (Inorganic) chemistry - 2 semesters.
    • Organic chemistry - 1 semester.
    • Biochemistry - 1 semester.
    • Physics - 2 semesters.
    • Mathematics - 1 semester.
    • Statistics - 1 semester.
    • Although not required, the following courses (one semester each) are recommended to enhance an applicant's preparation for medical school: second semester of Organic Chemistry; Genetics; Microbiology; Physiology; Psychology; Sociology.
  • Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) within three years of the AMCAS application deadline of November 1.
  • All applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.10 and a composite MCAT score of at least 496 (23 with MCAT prior to 2015) to be offered an interview. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.10 may be considered on an individual basis if they have achieved an MCAT of at least 496 or higher and they have recent and significant coursework with a higher performance.
  • At least one letter of recommendation from a reference that can speak directly to your experience in and potential for independent research.
  • Productive laboratory experience that clearly demonstrates an interest, enthusiasm and commitment to biomedical research.
  • Agree to the terms of Technical Standards for Admission.

Advanced Standing or Transfer Eligibility

USD Sanford School of Medicine does not consider applications for advanced standing or transfer students.