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Brandeis University’s Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program is designed for career-changers and recent college graduates who would like to take the necessary pre-requisites for medical school and other health professions programs. Our postbac students apply to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools as well as other health professions such as dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry or podiatry.

Our unique program, located 9 miles from downtown Boston and world-famous medical facilities, uses Brandeis’ world-renowned science programs and state-of-the-art facilities as the foundation for two exciting postbac tracks. 

Students in both tracks benefit from advising support, professional training, affordability, and for students in the Career Changer track, consideration for our linkage with The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Courses and Completion Requirements

Visit the course catalog for the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning in January through the following deadlines: 

  • April 15 for the 15-month Finisher Track
  • May 15 for the 2-year career-changer track.

Admission Prerequisites

This full-time program is designed for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have not taken the courses required for admission to medical and other health professional schools. Please note that international students (non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents) are not eligible to apply to this program.

If a student does not already have a year of college math, we recommend, prior to enrollment, one semester of calculus and one semester of statistics. At Brandeis, these courses would be Math 10a (Methods and Techniques of Calculus) and one of the following courses: Biology 51a (Biostatistics), Psychology 51a (Psychology Statistics), Math 8a (Introduction to Probability and Statistics), or equivalent.

Admission Requirements

To apply for the program, you need to submit:  

  • An online application;

  • An application fee;

  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. Current college seniors should submit fall grades. Please note that while eligible students have a GPA of 3.0, most accepted students have a GPA of 3.3 or above. For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

  • Two letters of recommendation, submitted online. One letter should be from an academic reference.

  • A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé

  • A statement of purpose indicating your motivation for undertaking postbaccalaureate study in the premedical sciences.

  • Finisher track applicants: please note that applicants must have successfully completed a full year of both General Chemistry and Biology, each with lab, and a have strong GPA in these courses. Applicants must provide a brief summary of premedical course history to-date.

  • Standardized tests scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (official report or indicated on high school transcript), ACT, or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are required. Our GRE institution code is 3092.

  • Interview: After an initial application screening, we will contact selected candidates for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in person, via phone, or Skype; the format will not impact the admission decision.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Careers and Alumni

Due to its small class size, the Premedical program offers individually-tailored career advising for every one of its students. A variety of options are open to program alumni; while some go on to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, others pursue optometry, podiatry, dentistry, and even veterinary medicine. Below is a list of schools that our Premedical graduates have recently attended:

  • Albany Medical School 

  • Columbia University College of Dental Medicine 

  • Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine 

  • The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • Sackler School of Medicine, American program of Tel Aviv University

  • Temple University School of Medicine

  • Tufts University: Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine 

  • Tufts University School of Medicine 

  • Tulane University School of Medicine

  • University of Massachusetts Medical School 

  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • University of Vermont College of Medicine