Gateways FAQ (ScM in Medical Sciences and Certificate in Medical Science)

Q: How do the Brown Gateways Programs (the ScM in Medical Sciences and the Certificate in Medical Science) differ from a postbaccalaureate program?

A: Postbaccalaureate programs offer undergraduate science courses for students who need to complete premed requirements. The Brown Gateways programs are intended for students who have completed prehealth requirements and are seeking graduate level coursework to prepare them for a career in medicine, dentistry, healthcare or research. The Gateways science courses are essentially the same as those taken by first year medical students, and lead to either a master’s degree or a certificate.

Q: What is unique about the Brown Gateways programs (ScM and Certificate)?

A: Gateways offers a smaller class size than similar programs. Students receive more individual attention, closer mentoring and advising, and a rigorous curriculum.   The Master's program offers a unique longitudinal service learning experience at a community healthcare site.

Q: What is the difference between the ScM Program and the Certificate program? How do I choose which to apply to?

A: The Master's program consists of 8.5 courses including a community-based service learning experience and a capstone project, while the Certificate program only includes the 6 basic science and organ system courses. Therefore the tuition is proportionally less for the Certificate program.  The Master's program course load is equivalent to a full-time first year medical student course load and results in a terminal degree from Brown University.  Certificate students may have up to 10 hrs per week and a 6-week full time block in the spring semester to pursue independent volunteer or research activities. Students enrolled in the Master's program may be eligible for federal financial aid. Those in the Certificate program may be eligible for private loans only. We recommend that perspective students discuss their options and choices with their pre-health advisors or mentors prior to deciding which program is the best fit for them.

Q: What opportunities are available after completion of these programs, in addition to medical school?

A: Students in both Gateways programs will receive advising and mentoring regarding career paths best suited to their individual goals. In addition to medicine, Gateway students will be extremely well prepared to pursue a variety of careers paths including: dentistry, other healthcare professions, graduate study in a variety of fields, biomedical research, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry.

Q: When does the program start and end?

A: The ScM in Medical Sciences Program begins in July; the Certificate Program in August. Both run through Memorial Day in May.

Q: Is it necessary to complete a thesis for the ScM in Medical Science?

A: No, but there is a capstone project requirement. This project is built into one of the courses and is based at the students' community healthcare site.

Q: What is the cost of the program?

A: The ScM program tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year, the amount is $54,995 .  For details regarding tuition and fees please see the 2019-2020 Master of Medical Sciences Cost of Attendance.  The Certificate program tuition is $38,820.  Please see the 2019-2020 Certificate in Medical Science Cost of Attendance.  

Q: Is financial aid available?

A: Federal loans are available for the Master’s program. Students may undertake private loans for the certificate program.  Please visit the AMS Office of Financial Aid website for further information.  A limited amount of tuition scholarship is available for 2020-2021.

Q: What is the application deadline?

A: May 15, 2020.

Q: Are test scores required?

A: Yes, an MCAT score or a DAT score from within the last two years is required. 

Do not submit your MCAT Score electronically through AMCAS, as those would go to our MD Program. To submit your scores to the Masters or Certificate program, go to the online Testing History (THx) Report System at To get your verification code, log-in via the above link and choose the option to "create and print my own official score report." Please email ([email protected] or [email protected]) this report as an attachment, being sure to include the verification code within the body of the email, to our institution. (You may have to select "print to PDF" to do so.) Please note that verification codes are only valid for 90 days, and after that, you would have to create and print a new score report. 

Note: if you are interested in a career in dentistry, you may submit an official DAT score instead of an MCAT score.  Please use the upload feature for the official score report within the CollegeNET application; using the "old MCAT score" section (there is no separate section for DAT). 

Q: What are the prerequisites?

A: In order to be admitted to either the ScM in Medical Sciences or Certificate in Medical Science program, students must:

  • have completed, or are on track to complete, an undergraduate degree from a US college or university
  • have demonstrated professional promise for a career in medicine, through outstanding undergraduate performance (3.0 GPA, minimum) MCAT score and/or DAT score, community service, health-related experiences, or research
  • have completed all prehealth course requirements (please note:  if you are applying to medical school, you will need to check the prerequisite course requirements for the specific medical schools you are applying to, since these do vary from school to school)

Q: Tip for choosing either the ScM in Medical Sciences or Certificate in Medical Science program, in CollegeNet (ApplyWeb)

A:  Within CollegeNet (ApplyWeb), in the Program Choice area, type the word 'Medical' in the search box and you'll see both programs to be able to choose.

Q: Is an interview required?

A: Yes. Interviews are by invitation only. They can be done in person or via Skype.

Q: Can courses be counted towards my first year of medical school?

A: Typically, no, but the final decision is at the discretion of the medical school you enroll in.  Gateways coursework cannot be counted towards first year of medical school at Alpert Medical School (AMS), if students are accepted at AMS.

Q: Does completion of the Brown Gateways program guarantee admission to Alpert Medical School?

A: No, it does not guarantee admission.  However, Gateways students are favorably considered by the Alpert Medical School (AMS) Admissions Committee and every year a few Gateways students are admitted to AMS.  Additionally, our students have been extremely successful at gaining admission to a wide variety of medical schools, including top tier schools.  Last cycle 92% of all students who applied were accepted to U.S. medical schools (many to multiple schools) and 100% who applied after completion of the program were accepted.  See "Meet our Grads" page.

Q: Does the Brown Gateways program accept international students?

A: No. Enrollment is open only to US citizens, permanent residents or DACA students.  (DACA students please contact [email protected] for application instructions.)