Policies & procedures
Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) candidates at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine should expect to receive a decision approximately two to four weeks after their application is complete.
Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible in order to receive full consideration.
The MBS application deadline for each 2020-2021 start date is identified below:
- Spring 2021 – Friday, March 26, 2021
- Summer 2021 – Friday, June 25, 2021
- Fall 2021 – Friday, Sept. 24, 2021
- Winter 2022 – Friday, Dec. 10, 2021
Applying to medical school
MBS students may apply to medical school while 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 for two quarters, 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. You can review information about MBS students and MD interviews here.
Enrollment deposit & refund policy
Accepted students must submit a $250 enrollment deposit to secure their seat in the program. 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 the Committee on Graduate Admissions (CGA) or the admissions office staff to provide feedback for students 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. If you decide to submit scores, the CGA 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.