BA/MD Joint Admission Scholars Program Invitation Information

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is pleased to announce an opportunity for select Minnesota students wishing to complete a joint Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. Students must be invited to apply for this program, which is called BA/MD Joint Admission Scholars Program (BA/MD JAS).

The BA/MD JAS Program identifies and recruits high-achieving premedical students from broadly diverse backgrounds who demonstrate a strong early interest in medicine. Admission to this program is highly competitive, with only ten students enrolling in the program each fall as incoming freshmen.


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Deadline & Decision Notification Timeline

The deadline for application to the BA/MD Joint Admissions Scholars program has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications at this time.


About the BA/MD Joint Admission Scholars Program

The BA/MD Joint Admission Scholars Program is a collaborative admissions program between the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the Medical School at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. 

Freshman students admitted to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus complete their undergraduate coursework in CLA, while working on focused co-curricular projects designed to help facilitate the development of the pre-professional competencies needed prior to matriculating to the University of Minnesota Medical School (UMMS). The undergraduate portion of the degree may be completed in 3 or 4 years. 

Students who meet academic and co-curricular expectations during the undergraduate portion of the program will matriculate to the Medical School and earn both their Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine degrees.

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What are the benefits of participating in the BA/MD Joint Admission Scholars Program?

The BA/MD JAS Program demonstrates the University of Minnesota’s continued commitment as a leader in medical education. Participants spend three years taking undergraduate coursework, and four years at the Medical School, earning two degrees in seven years. This individualized program accelerates students' entry into the medical workforce and reduces overall costs of college education

Students in the BA/MD JAS Program will be guided and supported throughout the program by faculty and advisors from the College of Liberal Arts and the Medical School. While participating in the program, students build a portfolio of experiences in research, service, and leadership, and they receive clinical exposure to develop and deepen their understanding of medicine throughout their undergraduate years.

How competitive is admission to the BA/MD Joint Admission Scholars program?

Admission to the BA/MD Joint Admission Scholars program is very highly selective. Due to limitations with key resources the BA/MD JAS has a strict enrollment limit and will admit up to 10 students. The competitiveness of admission each year is based on the number of applications received and the academic qualifications of the applicants. The strongest applicants are selected for the program.

Students who enroll at the U of M and are not admitted to the BA/MD JAS Program can pursue a major in a related field before applying directly to the Medical School later in their collegiate career.

Successful applicants typically had 'A' grades in their college preparatory coursework, and additionally, extensive leadership and school and community engagement. The list of academic and context factors considered when making an overall, holistic assessment are listed below.

Holistic Review

Academic Factors

Because the greatest predictor of college success is academic preparation, the strongest consideration in the decision is given to a student's high school record. We know that COVID-19 might have changed your school's course offerings and grading systems. Our promise to you is that we will look at the overall trend of your high school performance to understand your academic preparation. The following academic factors are considered:

  • Coursework through high school graduation (Admitted students typically exceed the University's high school requirements. See course requirements.)
  • Grades in academic coursework
  • Class rank/Grade point average (if available)
  • Rigor of academic curriculum based on what is available in the high school (including enrollment in honors, AP, IB, A-Level, or college-level courses when available.)
  • ACT or SAT scores (Submitting an ACT/SAT score is not required for 2022 applicants. All students*, whether or not they submit a test score, will receive full consideration for admission, scholarships, and the University Honors Program. For more information and frequently asked questions, please visit our ACT/SAT FAQ) * Submitting an ACT or SAT score is not required for international students
  • English Proficiency test score (when required)
  • Applicant's academic interests (We review a student's academic preparation related to the major/college for which they are seeking admission.)

Context Factors

Individual circumstances are also considered as part of the overall assessment of each application. Enrolling a diverse student body—with students bringing differing experiences, talents, and perspectives to their scholarly community—is essential to achieving the development outcomes of a University of Minnesota education. Our university community is strengthened by our students representing different races, economic backgrounds, geographic origins, genders, religions, ethnicities, sexualities, talents, and beliefs.

Our holistic review takes into consideration the individual circumstances that make each individual student unique. We consider the following context factors in our decision review:

  • Outstanding talent, achievement, or aptitude in a particular area
  • Strong commitment to community service and leadership
  • Military service
  • Contribution to the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial, or geographic diversity of the student body
  • Evidence of having overcome social, economic, or physical barriers to educational achievement
  • First-generation college student
  • Significant responsibility in a family, community, job, or activity
  • Family employment or attendance at the University of Minnesota
  • Personal or extenuating circumstances
  • Information received in open-ended questions

What if I want to study medicine at the U of M, but I am not selected for the BA/MD Joint Admission Scholars Program as a freshman?

Students not selected for admission to the BA/MD Joint Admission Scholars Program will still have the option of preparing for post-undergraduate study in medicine on the Twin Cities campus after they have completed their four-year degree.

The BA/MD Joint Admission Scholars Program can reduce the total time for undergraduate and medical school from eight years to seven years, but students not selected for the program still have the option to pursue both degrees in the typical eight-year timeframe.

How can I learn more about the BA/MD Joint Admission Scholars Program?

Visit the BA/MD website or contact the Office of Admissions to connect with an admissions counselor.