Medical Sciences MA

About the MAMS at Loyola

Are you wondering how to become a physician? Are you struggling to get admitted into medical school? Receive excellent preparation to get into med school and achieve your goal of becoming a physician through Loyola University Chicago's MA in Medical Sciences (MAMS).

Listed as one of the best special master's programs in the United States, our MAMS has a 95% matriculation rate to medical school. That means nearly all of our Master in Medical Sciences students become medical school students.

The MAMS is led by a dedicated faculty from some of the nation's best medical schools. They will be available and accessible throughout the MAMS program and help you with every aspect of creating a compelling medical school application, including writing letters of recommendation.

Program Structure

The Master of Medical Sciences (MAMS) is a nine-month program that can only be pursued full time. Courses are held on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus, located on Chicago's North Side.

This 30-credit-hour program spans two semesters, starting in August and ending in May. Please note: You should only apply for the MAMS if you are committed to pursuing a career as a physician.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Master in Medical Sciences?

The fact that 95% of MAMS students are admitted into medical school reflects the excellent preparation you can expect to receive through the Loyola Master of Arts in Medical Sciences program.

Student-centered, non-competitive environment

You will prepare for medical school in a learning environment that is student-centered, collaborative, and supportive—not competitive and cutthroat like some Master in Medical Sciences programs. Our small class sizes allow optimal interaction with faculty and peers.

You will learn from experts in various fields of biology and medicine who are also active researchers. In addition to creating a culture of respect and collaboration, our faculty are supportive and accessible mentors who offer substantial office hour availability.

Create a compelling medical school application by joining one of the nation’s first pre-med graduate programs. The long and rich history of our MAMS program means you will have a better chance of getting into—and succeeding in—medical school.

You will take rigorous, medically related biological graduate courses that will prove beneficial in medical school and in your future career as a physician. You will also receive substantial medical school application advising and support.

You can develop your professional skills and strengthen your medical school applications through weekly workshops with medical school admissions officers and other experts in the health care field.

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Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the department faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Medical Sciences MA program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Medical Sciences MA program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Medical Sciences MA learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Medical Sciences MA totals $63450.00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $2,115.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

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Application Process

Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Medical Sciences MA are listed below. Please keep in mind that both the application and the required materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.

Fall: August 1

Please note that decisions are typically delivered 2-4 weeks following complete application submission.

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Medical Sciences MA include:

  • Official Transcripts

  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA

  • GRE or MCAT Test Score

  • Resume/CV

  • Statement of Purpose

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Admission to the Medical Sciences MA program requires one year of coursework in each of the following areas: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics (preferably calculus).

Statement of Purpose Details

The statement of purpose should explain your career goals and why you think you are a good fit for MAMs, and can be expressed in one paragraph. Along with your statement of purpose, applicants should share with us your motivation for becoming a physician and experiences that have contributed to your decision. This can typically be expressed in 1.5-2 double spaced pages. Please combine your answers into one document and submit along with your application. Students may use the personal statement from their most recent completed AMCAS, TMDSAS, or AACOMAS application, if applicable.

Official Documents

Official transcripts are those that are sent directly by the college/university to Loyola University Chicago. Transcripts sent by the student to Loyola are considered unofficial documents, and while they may be utilized for initial review of your application, official transcripts are still required. Test scores must be sent directly to Loyola from the testing agency. Official documents should be sent by the institution or testing agency to

International Applicant Requirements

An official English language proficiency exam is required for international applicants whose native language is not English. If you have non-U.S. educational credentials, you are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. The transcript evaluation cannot be waived.

Please visit our International Applicant Requirements page for specific information regarding the application process for international students. Please note that this program does not accept non-US residents.

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Applying online to the Medical Sciences MA program is a swift, uncomplicated, and cost-free process. After submission, you can proceed to send and upload any additional requirements.

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