Entrance to this program is highly selective and requires excellent academic credentials and a record of achievement. Clinical volunteer work or employment in a health care setting is strongly recommended.

You must complete a bachelor’s degree before enrolling in the program. If you are in your senior year of college, you may apply and be admitted before you have earned your degree. If you are admitted, you must submit your final transcripts to the program.

The program is for “career changers.” You are not eligible for admission if you have:

  • Taken more than half of the core science courses required for medical school
  • Taken the MCAT
  • Applied to medical school
  • Been admitted to medical school

Exceptions may be made if you:

  • Completed the majority of your premedical coursework more than seven years ago
  • Took the MCAT more than seven years ago
  • Applied (but were not admitted) to medical school more than seven years ago

Please contact us if you are unsure of your eligibility.


While there is no required minimum grade point average, individuals with a GPA below 3.0 are not likely to be competitive applicants. In the past five years, the applicants admitted to the program have undergraduate cumulative GPAs of 3.0 to 4.0, with a mean of 3.8.

apply gpa range

I-20 Forms

The Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program is not authorized to issue I-20 forms (F-1 visa status) and cannot provide any visa sponsorship or support for international students who require this documentation.

Individuals who require a student visa or the I-20 form should not apply to this program. Applicants who do not need a student visa or the I-20 form, but who earned their post-secondary degree(s) in a country other than the United States, are required to have a “course-by-course” credential evaluation with GPA equivalencies performed by an outside evaluation service and submitted with their application materials.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

In a message to the University community on July 21, 2021, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Sunil Kumar reaffirms the University’s commitment to DACA students.  He writes, “We know that the uncertain future of DACA creates anxiety, and we offer our assurance that we will continue to support individuals who are affected by the program at Johns Hopkins to the greatest extent possible.”

Students with questions related to DACA may contact the Office of International Services or the Office of Multicultural Affairs.