Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are your requirements for letters of recommendation?

A: The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University requires either one composite recommendation from your undergraduate school’s premedical committee or three individual letters of recommendation from your premedical or research adviser, professors at the institution where you last studied, or other individuals of your choice.

Q: How do I submit my letters of recommendation?

A: We participate in the AMCAS Letter Service as Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. For more information on letter transmission, see the AAMC site

Q: What are the premedical course requirements I have to take in order to apply?

A: A list of the required premedical coursework can be found on our site.

Q: Do you require the MCAT exam? What is your MCAT policy?

A: Yes, we require the MCAT exam for our "Regular MD" program. More information is on our site.

Q: What if I have not taken the MCAT yet? Should I wait to submit my AMCAS until I have my MCAT scores?

A: You may complete and submit your AMCAS application at any time prior to our November 1 AMCAS application deadline. You do not have to wait for MCAT scores to submit your AMCAS application. We will receive your MCAT scores electronically directly from the AAMC.

Q: Do you ever waive the secondary application fee?

A: We will waive the $100 secondary fee only if you have been approved for an AMCAS fee waiver for the current application cycle through the AAMC fee assistance program.

Q: Do you accept international applicants?

A: Yes. Please see our eligibility requirements.

Q: Do you accept Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants?

A: Yes. Please see our eligibility requirements.

Q: Do you offer an Advanced Standing route of admission?

A: No, we do not.

Q: May I come visit and tour the Medical School?

A: The Medical School is a closed campus. We offer informational admissions sessions in the summer for students currently enrolled in an undergraduate college or university and for those who have already graduated. The next session will be in August; check back here in mid-July for the date. The sessions are not open to high school students; however, there is an abundance of information on the AAMC's site for those who are considering a career in medicine.


Q: How do I apply to the MD-ScM program on my AMCAS application?

A: When you are completing your AMCAS application, select the "Regular MD" program designation. We will then email the secondary application information to you within the same week we receive your verified AMCAS record. You will choose the MD-ScM program on the secondary.

Q: How do I apply to the MD-ScM program on the secondary application?

A: On your secondary application, you will select "Yes" when asked if you are applying to the MD-ScM program. If you select "No" you will be applying to the Regular MD program.

Q: If I apply to the MD-ScM program, will it exclude me from being considered for the Regular MD program?

A: No. In fact, applicants are first offered admission to the Regular MD program. Admission decisions for the MD-ScM program will occur in March after the initial admission offer to the Regular MD program has been made.

Q: If I choose to apply to the MD-ScM program, do I have to fill out a different secondary application from the Regular MD program?

A: The secondary application for the Regular MD program and the MD-ScM program are the same for most of the sections, except that MD-ScM applicants complete additional essay questions.

Q: How many openings are there in the MD-ScM program?

A: There are 24 openings available.

Q: What is the interview process for the MD-ScM program?

A: The process is the same as it is for Regular MD applicants. If you are invited to interview, we will send you an email with information on how to schedule your interview date online. You would then come to Alpert Medical School and complete two interviews with members of the Admissions Committee.