MUA has built its reputation as a medical school through a careful admissions process that looks at each applicant individually. We want to know as much about you, the person—why you are considering medical school and what you hope to bring to the practice of medicine—as we do about your GPA and performance on standardized tests.
MUA operates on a year-round, three-semester schedule, and new students can choose to begin their medical studies at any of three times during the year: September, January or May. For that reason, we accept applications throughout the year.
The three-semester schedule not only makes it more convenient to get started, it also allows you to complete your studies more quickly. There is no long summer break—just two- or three-week intervals between each semester. That means you will complete your five semesters of Basic Sciences in 20 months, and then return home to do your clinical rotations at ACGME-approved teaching hospitals in the U.S. and Canada that are affiliated with MUA.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their documents early—generally 6 to 12 months in advance—and to ensure that their files are complete for consideration at least 3 months prior to the trimester of their first choice. Since the number of students in each class is limited, and the application pool competitive, the early applicants will have a better chance of securing a place in the semester of their choice.
Once all admissions documents are received your application will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for initial review. Within a week’s time an interview may be requested by the Committee, if applicable.
Interviews are typically 30 minutes to one hour in length and will cover a variety of topics, including your desire to become a physician, your academic preparation for medical school, your clinical experience and your knowledge of our program. This interview is your opportunity to introduce yourself to one or more Admission Committee members and have any of your questions answered in return. Once the interview is complete, you will receive the Admissions Committee decision within 3-5 days.
Do you believe you have what it takes to become a doctor? If your answer is “yes," then you have already taken a major step toward fulfilling the admission requirements.
MUA’s cost-effective tuition enables students to complete their education with far less indebtedness.
Students attending Medical University of the Americas can take advantage of a range of public and private options to help finance their medical education.
MUA has a number of scholarships available for both US and Canadian applicants. Find out more by visiting our scholarship page.
The goal of Medical University of the Americas is to prepare our medical graduates to be competent, caring physicians who have the skills of lifelong learning
Frequently asked questions
- Fill out your online application
- Upload Unofficial or Official Transcripts
- Upload your Letter of Intent
- Upload your Letters of Recommendation
- E-sign your application
- Submit your application fee of $75 (U.S.)
- *** Note that candidates may, with prior approval by the Admissions Office, submit their unofficial transcripts for review prior to formal application submission. This unofficial review is to determine if baseline requirements for formal committee review have been met. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information with the online application.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our students, MUA will waive the MCAT score requirement for applicants to the Spring 2022 (January) term who are not able to secure a test date. Applicants who have an MCAT score, or a pending MCAT score, are required to submit their score(s) with their application.
However, for May and September 2022 for United States citizens and permanent residents, the MCAT is required. For evaluation purposes, each application is assessed on a case by case basis and is weighed against those who are in the application pool for the term for which the candidate is applying. Performing well on the MCAT only strengthens your application.
Upon submission of your online application, a preliminary review is conducted by the Admissions Committee. If the contents meet key standards, you will be contacted by the Admissions Office to schedule a telephone interview. Applications are reviewed within 5 days of receipt. In the event an interview is granted, candidates are notified within 7 days of application submission.
The purpose of the Telephone Interview is to be able to explore more thoroughly the applicant’s presentation of their credentials. The interview also enables the University to gauge more about the candidate’s personality and for the candidate to learn more about MUA. This is an opportunity for the candidate to advocate for their credentials and address any items within their application which the student would like to elaborate. The interview lasts between 30 and 60 minutes.
Upon completion of the Telephone Interview, the interviewer compiles a synopsis of the interview and forwards it to the Admissions Committee for review. During the review, the Admissions Committee may ask for clarification or follow up questions. In the event the Committee has additional questions, your interviewer will contact you. Upon final review of application, the Committee renders their decision and the candidate is contacted via email by the University. You will be directed to your student portal within the application module where a formal decision letter will be located. Committee decisions are communicated to candidates with 10 business days of the initial interview. All committee decisions are final.
Medical University of the Americas Admissions Committee takes a 360 view of the candidate. Each application is reviewed on its own merit. While GPA is important, the committee also considers life experience, MCAT scores and volunteer experience.
Upon being accepted into either the MD or GMP program, you will find all information and required paperwork in your student portal. Please be sure to read all materials and note all requirements and deadlines. The first items which will be due is your signed Letter of Intent and your $500.00 non-refundable Seat Deposit. These items secure your seat in the class and serve as formal notification from the student that the offer of admission is accepted. There is no waiving of Seat Deposit fee. This seat deposit will be applied to your tuition. Please note that failure to submit your Letter of Intent and Seat Deposit on time may result in the withdrawal of your acceptance. Please also review a complete listing of all conditional and enrollment documents needed as well as tuition deadline dates. Our Admissions office will assist in directing students through the immunization, FBI Background Check and Visa process.
Medical University of the Americas offer rolling admissions as we have class starts in September. January and May. We accept applications up to 12 months ahead of your preferred start.
Since Medical University of the Americas is located outside of the United States, applicants cannot submit their application materials directly through AMCAS. For preliminary review by MUA, candidates may scan and upload AMCAS application directly to MUA.
Upon being accepted into either the MD or GMP program, students will be directed to contact the MUA housing coordinator. The housing coordinator will assist students in securing housing which meets the needs and budget of the individual student.
Should you have any additional questions, please contact the MUA Admission Office at 978.862.9500 or email us at Admissions@mua.edu.