BA/MD Joint Admissions Scholars Program

The Bachelor of Arts/Medical Doctor Joint Admission Scholars (BA/MD JAS) Program provides a unique opportunity for exceptional Minnesota residents from broadly diverse backgrounds to become physicians committed to meeting the healthcare needs of Minnesota's diverse communities. The program was created to serve 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.

The BA/MD JAS program is an invitation only, early assurance, combined admissions degree program between the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the Medical School at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Students selected for this program begin their studies in the College of Liberal Arts while receiving guidance and mentoring from the Medical School. Participants who meet academic and co-curricular expectations during the undergraduate portion of the program, will matriculate to the Medical School to complete their Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine degrees. 

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Benefits of the BA/MD Joint Admission Scholars Program

Two degrees in seven years

The BA/MD JAS Program is a seven-year BA to MD program in which three years are spent taking undergraduate coursework in the College of Liberal Arts and four years of coursework are spent at the Medical School. This individualized program accelerates students' entry into the medical workforce and reduces overall costs of college education.

Specialized support and experiences

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. 

What are the requirements of the BA/MD JAS Program?

Students who participate in the BA/MD JAS Program must pursue a BA in the College of Liberal Arts in either Biology, Society, and Environment or Human Physiology. They will be expected to follow program requirements to ensure they are on track to complete the majority of their BA in three years. Students in the BA/MD JAS Program will be awarded a Bachelor's degree when they meet the following requirements:

  • Students are enrolled at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Majority of the chosen major completed in the first three years of the overall program
  • Co-curricular program requirements completed
    • Participate in BA/MD Summer Enrichment Program
    • Complete the Medical education Seminar series
    • Complete a focused research project with poster, publication, and/or presentation
    • Complete sustained and substantial community service with presentation
    • Prepare and sit for MCAT examination
    • Submit an application to the American Medical Colleges Application System (AMCAS)
  • Letter from College of Liberal Arts undergraduate programs indicating students have met requirements to enroll in medical school in year four of overall program
  • Successful completion of year one of medical school
    • Bachelor degree will be conferred after successful completion of year one of medical school

Upon successful completion of the requirements in the first three years of the program and meeting the admissions requirements of the Medical School, students will matriculate to the University of Minnesota Medical School. Once admitted, students will then continue the BA/MD JAS Program by following medical school requirements to complete their MD at the end of the seven-year program.

BA/MD Joint Admission Scholars Program Selection Process

Students are invited to apply for the BA/MD JAS Program, and must be a Minnesota resident. Students admitted to the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) who indicate an interest in medical school will be reviewed holistically when they apply for undergraduate admissions, and invited to apply if selected.

Students invited to apply to the BA/MD JAS Program must submit an online application form, which includes supplemental essay questions and a letter of recommendation. An interview will also be required.