How to Apply to Medical School

Thank you for your interest in the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

We understand that applying to medical school can be a stressful and time-consuming experience. We will do everything we can to make the process as clear and straightforward as possible.

As you proceed through the application process, remember, this is just as much an opportunity for you to learn about UCSF as it is for us to get to know you.  

How the Process Works

  • Prospective students apply to UCSF through AMCAS, the American Medical College Application Service. UCSF offers three formal programs for obtaining an MD degree:

    1. the MD

    2. the MD/PhD - Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Applicants to this program must apply by December 1, 2019

    3. the MS/MD - UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP)

  • Once on the AMCAS Web site, you will find the application form you need as well as instructions for completing and submitting it. Applications are available in May and can be submitted to AMCAS on or after May 30. Your application and official transcripts must be submitted to AMCAS no later than October 15 of the year preceding your expected entry. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible in order to facilitate processing and evaluation. Please note that we cannot consider deadline extensions for any reason.

  • Beginning in early July, AMCAS forwards applications to all medical schools. At UCSF, an admissions committee made up of faculty and medical students reviews the applications, bringing a variety of perspectives to the selection process.

  • After UCSF receives your application from AMCAS and performs a preliminary review, selected candidates will be invited to complete a secondary application. Typically, you will be notified about submitting a secondary application approximately 3-10 weeks after receipt of your verified AMCAS data.

  • The secondary applications will be used to identify applicants who will be invited to UCSF for interviews. UCSF has a rolling admissions policy, which means that interviewed applicants may be advised of decisions any time up until May 15.