Photo of team meetingUW MSTP minimum course requirements are the same as the MD program. These courses must be completed by the time of matriculation (early summer), but preferably before you apply. You may specify on the MSTP supplementary application if you have not yet satisfied all minimum requirements.

  • BIOLOGY and CHEMISTRY — 6 semesters or 9 quarters
    e.g. college level chemistry and biology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular genetics, cell biology/cell physiology.
  • PHYSICS — 2 semesters or 3 quarters OR PHYSICS (1 semester or 2 quarters) and MATH (1 semester or 2 quarters of Calculus or Linear Algebra)
  • SOCIAL SCIENCES or HUMANITIES or “HUMAN CONDITION” — 4 semesters or 6 quarters
    e.g. anthropology, classics, cultural studies/cross cultural studies, English literature, ethics, foreign language literature, history, music appreciation, philosophy, religion/theology, sociology, study abroad.

Evaluating Prerequisites

How do you tell if a class counts as a prerequisite? Ask yourself whether the course was a “how-to” course. Did the course teach you how to do something? If it did, it will likely not be considered a prerequisite.


Does not satisfy: Spanish 101 – teaching you how to speak Spanish; English Composition – teaching you how to write; Music Theory – teaching you how to use music theory

Does satisfy: Contemporary Spanish Literature – exploring literature, not teaching you how to do literature; Creative Writing in Science Fiction; Comparative Politics

Please note: The MSTP office is not able to evaluate individual transcripts for prerequisite compliance.

Recommended Courses

The following courses and general academic background is recommended by the medical school, but not required:

    • Ethics
    • Anatomy or Comparative Anatomy
    • Human or Mammalian Physiology
    • Embryology

The biochemistry course for the first-year medical students focuses on molecular mechanisms central to human health and disease. It’s taught with the assumption that participants have already mastered the fundamentals of biochemistry, including molecular genetics, structure and activity of proteins, and metabolism.

All candidates should demonstrate substantial academic ability in their major field as well as in the required science courses. Candidates should be proficient in the use of the English language, basic mathematics, personal computing, and information technologies.

For more information, please see the School of Medicine Pre-med Course Requirements