Frequently Asked Questions
- Must I have previously applied to medical school/submitted an AMCAS application to apply to the Special Masters Program?
No. We are interested in those who have applied as well as those who have taken the majority of their premedical requirements but have yet to apply.
- Who is eligible for the program?
Applicants who have obtained either an undergraduate or graduate degree in a science or engineering field preferably with some experience relevant to medical school application and who are sure that a career in medicine is their next step.
- Will I be permitted to repeat science classes I have already taken/Do you permit students to re-take science courses?
Our program is small and each student will be advised as to the best set of courses for their unique situation. At times it may be necessary for a student to repeat an undergraduate prerequisite course or two as needed. You will work with your advisor to create your schedule of courses to best position yourself for admissions to medical school.
- Are there separate course sections for premedical certificate students?
Your curriculum will be made up of the courses taught at both the graduate MBS program as well as possibly taking courses through one of the other Claremont Colleges. Click here for a sample of the curriculum.
- What are the admission requirements?
- An undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited four-year institution in an Engineering or Science Field.
- A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.25
- GRE scores in the 70th percentile or higher for the Verbal and Quantative scores, or MCAT scores 26 or higher with no one score lower than an 8.
- Two letters of reference from those professionally qualified to recommend you.
- Volunteer or work experience in the medical field or medical/scientific research is highly desirable.
- How long is the program?
The program can be completed full-time in 9-12 months.
- What is the admissions procedure for the program?
We work on a rolling admissions basis and begin reviewing applications as soon as they are complete. Once your application is complete it is evaluated for an interview.
- Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?
You are required to submit two letters of evaluation. We suggest that one letter be from one of your science faculty members and the other letter should be from a supervisor in a healthcare related field within which you have done research or clinical volunteering.
- Must I have taken the MCAT to apply to the program?
No it is not necessary to have taken the MCAT prior to applying to KGI. We also accept a standard GRE score. Please note that one of these standardized tests is required to complete your application.
- How do I get my GRE/MCAT scores sent to KGI?
For the GRE, please contact ETS and follow their instructions to have scores sent to KGI. For the MCAT, you likely have a copy of your results. Please send those to KGI. (KGI school code #4166)
- What is the percentage of KGI PPC students that get into medical school?
For the entire history of our program (2010-2015), 71% of students that have completed our program and applied to medical schools have been admitted to at least one medical school. Prior to the most recent cycle of 2015 (which was unusually low), the historical percentage stood at 83%.
- How many students are in the program?
Since the inaugural class of 2010 which began with just 8 students, our program has grown over the past 4 years, with this year's record number of 50 students! While the growth is favorable, it is of utmost priority the quality of experience is not compromised for our students.
- What is the age range of the group?
We expect students to range in age from 22 to 35.
- May I work while attending this program?
It is not recommended students work during the program, but for those that must, we recommend no more than 10-15 hours per week.
- What kind of support does this program offer?
- Accessible and helpful faculty
- Personalized advising for medical school applications and essays
- Mock interviews
- Opportunity to become involved in one of our major research centers: the Center for Rare Diseases, the Center for Biomarkers, and the Center for Network Systems.
- Financial literacy training and personalized financial planning
- Is financial aid available?
Federally guaranteed loans are available to qualified individuals enrolled in the KGI program. The Financial Aid Office provides individual financial aid counseling and assistance in completing loan applications.
- Are there scholarships available?
Not at this time.
- What housing options are available?