Policies & procedures
MBS candidates at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine should expect to receive a decision approximately two to four weeks after their application is complete.
The MBS application opens in August. The Committee on Graduate Admissions (CGA) will review applications until the MBS class is full. Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible in order to receive full consideration.
Applying to medical school
MBS students may apply to medical school while still enrolled in the MBS program or upon completion of the program. The faculty and staff at Geisinger Commonwealth will support our students’ endeavors, regardless of when and where students choose to apply. The MD Admissions Committee will hold applications from current MBS students until January, so that their progress at Geisinger Commonwealth can be considered. While the MD Admissions Committee does not specifically reserve spaces in the MD class for MBS graduates, many students have gained admission to the MD program at Geisinger Commonwealth.
Enrollment deposit & refund policy
Accepted students must submit a $250 enrollment deposit within 14 days of receiving notification of their admissions decision. This deposit is only refundable if a student can submit proof of their acceptance into a medical school program.
Due to the holistic nature of candidate review, it is not possible for CGA or the admissions office staff to provide feedback for students who were not granted an interview or who were not offered admission to Geisinger Commonwealth.
Future MD applicants
While Geisinger Commonwealth does not guarantee seats in the MD class to its MBS graduates, many Geisinger Commonwealth alumni have gained admission to Geisinger Commonwealth’s Doctor of Medicine program.
Test scores are optional. The committee on graduate admissions will consider test scores no more than three years old at time of application.
The Princeton Review course for preparing to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is a proven means of improving your score. Some students prefer to take these exams in the summer prior to beginning the MBS program. While you may still choose to plan your schedule this way by continuing to follow the eight-month fast track schedule, opting for the 10-month schedule allows you to take the Princeton Review course for three credits within the MBS program.
The Princeton Review course is offered in May - June (the summer term of the MBS program).