M.D. Eligibility

To pursue an M.D. degree at the USD Sanford School of Medicine, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. You also must be a 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 a Sanford School of Medicine alumni
  • A member of a U.S. 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 Sanford School of Medicine through the Indians into Medicine program. To apply, the applicant must file an AMCAS application identifying the Sanford School of Medicine as a school to which they are applying and they must also complete the INMED application to verify their tribal status.

You must:

  • Have 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.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.1 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 3.1 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.
  • Agree to the terms of technical standards for admission, continuation and graduation
  • 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

M.D./Ph.D. Eligibility

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

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution
  • 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 3.1 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 3.1 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 who can speak directly to the applicant's 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, continuation and graduation
  • 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

Advanced Standing or Transfer Eligibility

We do not consider applications for advanced standing or transfer students.