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Interdepartmental Medical Science Program

Since 1981, the Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) program has been successful in helping students gain entry into U.S. medical schools. Offering a curriculum that includes first-year medical school basic science courses presented through system-based modules, this intensive one-year Master's program allows students the opportunity to test their preparation, motivation, and commitment to medicine.

Students whose record requires coursework beyond that available in the one year of study offered by the IMS program may directly apply to the two-year Master of Science in Medical Science (MMS) program. The first year of the Master of Science in Medical Science program is nearly identical to the IMS program. In year two of the MMS program, students may take additional medical school courses and select from a variety of biomedical graduate electives, while completing a nine-month research requirement - a competency highly valued by most medical school admissions committees.

International Students

International students, holding appropriate student visas, who need to improve their credentials for application to medical school, will be considered for acceptance into our Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) or Master of Medical Science (MMS) programs in Sacramento. Students must have a Bachelor's degree at a recognized institution, have completed all of the pre-medical school course requirements (one year each of Biology, Chemistry, organic Chemistry and Physics all with laboratory) and have taken the MCAT or GRE exam. Students from non-English speaking nations must also sit for the TOFEL exam and show sufficient proficiency in English to enroll in our programs. The IMS and MMS programs are available at our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania campus as well.

We currently have linkage agreements with several medical schools for international students who successfully complete our programs and meet the academic requirements set by each medical school.

Learn more about the IMS curriculum

Typical Backgrounds of IMS Students

  • Late in their decision to apply to medical school
  • Interested in improving their academic record before applying or re-applying to medical school
  • Would like a year in a medical school setting before deciding whether medicine is the career for them

Guaranteed Interview with Drexel University College of Medicine

Interdepartmental Medical Science students may qualify for a "guaranteed interview" at Drexel University College of Medicine by meeting the following requirements:

  • Completing an application to Drexel University College of Medicine through AMCAS
  • Achieving an MCAT score of at least a 27 with no section less than a 9 or a score of 30 or above on their most recent MCAT with no section less than a 7 (please note that criteria for the 2015 MCAT have not yet been established)
  • Grades of B or better in all fall semester IMS coursework
  • Enroll in the entire IMS curriculum

Interviews are held in the spring semester after the fall semester grades are posted.

Drexel University College of Medicine will make available a minimum of 25 seats in its entering medical school class to be competitively selected from students in the Philadelphia and Sacramento Interdepartmental Medical Science (IMS) program and students in the second year of the Biological Science (MBS) and Medical Science (MMS) master's programs.

Faculty Advisors

Students in the IMS program are assigned a faculty advisor to meet with them regularly and who will eventually write a letter of evaluation for application to health professional schools.