The College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

Minimum to receive a secondary: 2.7 science and overall GPA, total MCAT score of 18 (min. 4 verbal, 5 phys sci, and 6 biologic sci). Application review is 60% academic and 40% nonacademic. Final eval: academic ability, level/type of coursework, MCAT scores, academic honors, commitment to service, breadth of experiences, communication, leadership, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking.

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Kathie Schafer
Application fee $100
AMCAS application accepted No
Applications accepted June 1 (Begins)
December 1 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required No
Regular application acceptance notification September 12 (Begins)
June 7 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 10
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due N/A
Early decision plan offered No
Early decision application period N/A
Early decision plan notification date N/A
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) June

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.58
Oldest MCAT considered 2009
Average MCAT scores 8.8 MCAT composite score
9.5 biological
8.6 physical sciences
8.3 verbal reasoning
O writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology physics
biology/zoology biochemistry
English behavioral science
organic chemistry general chemistry
inorganic (general) chemistry

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered D.O./Ph.D., D.O./M.P.H., D.O./M.S., D.O./M.A.
Combined college/M.D. program offered Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program 7
Combined college/M.D. program URL http:/​/​www.​do-phd.​com.​msu.​edu

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Occasionally
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? No

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups


Full-time faculty-student ratio 0.1:1 – Low
Full-time faculty 128
Part-time faculty 43
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 51
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 8
Full-time faculty in clinical program 77
Part-time faculty in clinical program 35

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $5.8
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 36
Principal investigators (PIs) 49
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 49

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Bay Regional Medical Center Mercy General Health Partners
Botsford General Hospital Metro Health Hospital
Community Health Center of Branch County Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center
Garden City Hospital Munson Medical Center
Genesys Regional Medical Center Oakwood Southshore Medical Center
Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals POH Regional Medical Center
Henry Ford Macomb-Warren Campus Providence Hospital and Medical Center
Henry Ford Wyandotte Sparrow Health System
Huron Valley-Sinai St John Macomb-Oakland (Oakland campus)
Ingham Regional Medical Center St. John Macomb-Oakland (Macomb campus)
Lakeland Healthcare

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
The college is dedicated to assist in meeting the ever-growing public demand for physicians who can provide comprehensive and continuing health care to all members of the family. While the educational program of MSUCOM is geared to the training of primary care physicians, the curricula are also designed to meet the continuing need for medical specialists and teacher-investigators.

Medical School Ranking

Rank Not Published Best Research
#17 Best Primary Care

Research Ranking Scores

Score N/A
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.1
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 2.0
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $5.8
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $45.04

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 73
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.9
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 2.7
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 77.6% – High

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.58
MCAT composite score 8.8
Acceptance rate 14.4% – High
Full-time faculty-student ratio 0.1:1 – Low
Total medical school enrollment 1,161

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 1,161
In-state students 87.6%
Minority students 23.3%
Underrepresented minority students 6.3%
International students 1.1%
Non-traditional students 5.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Diane Batten
Financial aid phone (517) 353-5188


Full-time: $36,730 (in-state)
Full-time: $78,880 (out-of-state)
Required fees $68
Room and board $16,456
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $187,317

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 90%
Students receiving loans 84%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 33%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program 96.9%
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs 100.0%
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
emergency medicine orthopaedic surgery
family practice pediatrics
internal medicine psychiatry
neurology surgery – general
obstetrics and gynecology transitional year

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 77.6% – High
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 79.2%