Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET), in conjunction with BU’s College of Arts & Sciences, offers the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies. This certificate program permits those with bachelor’s degrees from regionally accredited US colleges and universities to pursue the course requirements for application to medical school and other health career programs.

As the certificate is intended for career changes, eligible applicants will have previously taken either very few or no prior science courses. The program is meant for students with strong academic backgrounds; a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.3 is required for admission. Students who have already completed more than three of the prerequisite courses are not eligible for the program at Boston University.

Program at a Glance

  • On Campus
  • Advising assistance
  • 32–40 Credits
  • 24+ Months

A Foundation for Success in Medicine

Students who complete the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies will be able to demonstrate:

  • Preparedness for admission to medical school and other health career programs, having completed the course requirements typically needed for entrance to these programs.
  • Satisfactory undergraduate preparation in calculus, physics, general and organic chemistry, and biology.

Certificate students are eligible for advising assistance from the Pre-Professional Advising Office in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

  • May 1 for September admission (review will begin in May)
  • October 1 for January admission (review will begin in September)

Applications must be complete by the deadline to be considered for the upcoming semester. A complete application should contain the following:

  1. Online application form.
  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities applicant has attended.
  3. Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from a faculty member.
  4. Personal statement from applicant regarding applicant’s desire to pursue a career in medicine.

Registration and Tuition Policies

FALL 2022–SPRING 2023

You are registering as a Metropolitan College, special non-degree student who may take either College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) and/or Metropolitan College (MET) courses.

Tuition and Student Status Schedule by Credit

1–11.5 semester credits Part-time tuition rates/part-time student status
12 semester credits Part-time tuition rates/part-time student status
12.5–16 semester credits Full-time tuition rates/full-time student status

Registration Options

Currently registered students are eligible to use WebReg for all MET courses. Refer to the options listed below as to signature requirements if combining or taking non-MET courses. Many new students are eligible to use WebReg. Those who are not must use a Registration Form for their initial registration for the semester. Please refer to the options listed below as to signature requirements. Once registered for the semester, use a Course Adjustment Form (Add/Drop Form) for any changes.

ONE Course College offering the course/signature requirement 4 Credits Tuition Rates
Option 1 One MET course/no signature required 4 Total: $2,080 + fees
Option 2 One CAS course/signature required 4 Total: $7,632 + fees
TWO Courses College offering the courses/signature requirement 8 Credits Tuition
Option 1 Two MET courses/no signature required 8 Total: $4,160 + fees
Option 2 One MET course 4 $2,080
& one CAS course/signature required 4 $7,632
Total: $9,712 + fees
Option 3 Two CAS courses/signature required 8 Total: $15,264 + fees
THREE Courses College offering the courses/signature requirement 12 Credits Tuition
Option 1 Three MET courses/no signature required 12 Total: $6,240 + fees
Option 2 Two MET courses 8 $4,160
& one CAS course/no signature required 4 $7,632
Total: $11,792 + fees
Option 3 One MET course 4 $2,080
& two CAS courses/signature required 8 $15,264
Total: $17,344 + fees
Option 4 Three CAS courses/signature required 12 Total: $22,896 + fees
FOUR Courses Any combination of MET and/or CAS courses/signature requirement 12.5 to 16 Credits $30,525 + fees

MET Academic Counselor’s Signature

  • Required Registration Form signatures are indicated in the options listed above.
  • An academic counselor’s signature is always required on the Course Adjustment Form (Add/Drop Form) if you are adding a fourth course after registering for three.

Instructor’s Signatures on the Course Adjustment Form (Add/Drop Form)

  • Only required for all (MET and CAS) closed courses (before and after classes begin).

Related Policy

Graduate Course Registration: If Metropolitan College undergraduate degree or non-degree students want to register for MET GRADUATE courses, they must fulfill the course prerequisites with a “B” average, and must seek approval and a signature from the specific MET department coordinator. For graduate courses at schools other than MET, one must visit that school’s department to seek approval and a signature. Tuition rates vary for graduate courses.


To receive the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies, students must take at least 32 of the following 44 credits in the pre-medical course sequence at Boston University:

Calculus – one course

  • CAS MA 121 or CAS MA 122 Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences or
    MET MA 123 Calculus I or MET MA 124 Calculus II

Statistics – one course

  • MET or CAS MA 113 Elementary Statistics, CAS MA 115 Statistics 1, or CAS MA 116 Statistics 2, or MET or CAS MA 213 Basic Probability and Statistics, or MET or CAS MA 214 Applied Statistics

Physics – two courses

General Chemistry – two courses

Organic Chemistry – two courses

Biology – minimum of two courses

  • MET or CAS BI 107 Biology I
  • MET or CAS BI 108 Biology II or more advanced Biology courses with advisor approval

Biochemistry – one course

  • MET CH 421, CAS CH 421 or BI 421 Biochemistry I, or MET or CAS CH 373 Principles of Biochemistry

View course descriptions.

 

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