Admissions (MD Program)

John A. Burns School of Medicine
MD Program
We invite you to read more about the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) MD Program, the Application Procedure, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the following pages. If you have questions or need more information, please contact the JABSOM Office of Admissions:

Phone: (808) 692-0892

The Admissions policy and procedures of JABSOM aim to fulfill the school’s mission to train high quality physicians for Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. In addition to high academic potential, emphasis is also placed on personal attributes including motivation, commitment to medicine, and an awareness of the world around the applicant.

JABSOM admitted 72 new entrants to the first year class on July 16, 2018.

The average cumulative GPA of the 2018 entering class:

Average Cumulative GPA 3.73
Average Science Cumulative GPA 3.67


The average MCAT scores of the 2018 entering class:

Average Verbal Reasoning 10
Average Physical Sciences 11
Average Biological Sciences 11


The average new MCAT scores of the 2018 entering class:

Average Chemical & Physical Foundations of Biological Systems 128
Average Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills 127
Average Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems 129
Average Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior 129


Application Requirements for the JABSOM MD Program

    • JABSOM subscribes to the philosophy that a physician should be broadly educated, able not only to understand and manage the physical part of the human body but also the social, cultural, and psychological components. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to obtain a broad education in the humanities and in the social and behavior sciences, in addition to satisfying the more specific basic science requirements set forth below.

      • Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) must be taken within three years of the anticipated year of matriculation to medical school. The latest MCAT scores screened or re-screened in the application process are September of the year of application (May for Early Decision). MCAT test scores from January 2016 to September 2018 (May 2018 for Early Decision) will be considered for the 2019 entering class application cycle.
    • 90 college-level semester credit hours completed coursework to include:

JABSOM Admissions Requirements for the JABSOM MD Program

Courses Semester Credit Hours
Biology with lab 8
General Physics with lab 8
General Chemistry with lab 8
Organic Chemistry with lab 8
Biochemistry (no lab required) 3
Cell and Molecular Biology (no lab required) 3


Each course should be acceptable for students majoring in these disciplines. Additional enrichment in the biological and social sciences is encouraged.

Problem-Based Learning (PBL):

For more information, attend one of JABSOM’s PBL Demonstrations:

Summer:  August 10, 2018 (Friday), 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fall:  December 14, 2018 (Friday), 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

JABSOM Essential Functions Policy:

Please click on the following link to access the JABSOM Essential Functions Policy.

Financial Aid

Applicants are referred to the JABSOM Office of Student Affairs, Financial Aid and Scholarships and to the University of Hawai’i Financial Aid Services Office.

Tuition and Fees

All tuition and fee charges are set by the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents and are subject to change in accordance with requirements of State Law and/or the Board or Administration. Click here for information about UH tuition and fees.

Current and approved tuition and fees are as follows:

Tuition 2018-19 2019-20
Resident (per year) $36,672 $36,672
Non-Resident (per year) $71,328 $71,328
*Student Fees $772 $772


*Tuition & Student fees are subject to change.
Last revised: July 2018

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