BA/MD Program (NJMS-NWK)

The 7-Year BA/MD joint degree program is designed for high school seniors interested in pursuing a medical degree upon completion of their bachelor's degree. The program offers a guaranteed admission to medical school provided you maintain certain minimum progress requirements. The BA/MD program is offered jointly between the School of Arts & Sciences-Newark and the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers University.

Minimum Application Requirements

Admission to the BA/MD program is highly competitive. Applicants MUST meet the following minimum requirements to be considered:

  • Achieve a minimum 1400 on the SAT-I (critical reading and math combined) in one test administration. Note:Only test scores through October 2017 will be considered for the BA/MD program. If you plan to take the SAT after October, you should still have your scores sent to Rutgers for scholarship consideration. However, scores from tests taken later than October  will not be factored into the BA/MD review process.
  • An ACT composite score of 32 and above will be accepted in lieu of SAT scores. If you choose to submit the ACT instead of the SAT, you must have completed the optional Writing Section of the ACT test. ACT scores submitted without a Writing Score will not be considered. NOTE: Only test scores through October of your senior year will be considered for the BA/MD program. If you plan to take the ACT after October, you should still have your scores sent to Rutgers for scholarship consideration. However, scores from tests later than October will not be factored into the BA/MD review process. If you have taken both the SAT and the ACT, you may submit both sets of scores, or whichever test qualifies you for the program.
  • Be ranked in the top 10% of their high school graduating class
  • Be enrolled in their senior year of high school at the time of application


BA/MD Program (NJMS-NWK): Applying

To Apply

If you meet ALL of the requirements and would like to apply to the 7-year BA/MD program, please complete the following by November 1st:

  • Apply to Rutgers University online selecting "Newark College of Arts and Sciences" as one of your school choices and "Med Joint BA/MD" as your Academic Interest.
  • Have the College Board submit your SAT-I score electronically to Rutgers University (code 2765).
  • Complete the Rutgers University Self Reported Academic Record (SRAR) online at
  • Submit a completed BA/MD portfolio with the appropriate "Portfolio Checklist." (See below for specific portfolio requirements)

Have your guidance office send the Portfolio Checklist along with all of the following portfolio documents in a single envelope by November 1st to the address listed at the bottom of the portfolio checklist.

A 600 word essay consisting of the following four specific parts:

  • Part I. Discuss why you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine. (150 words)
    • Points to consider:
      • What aspects of medicine most appeal to you?
      • What do you think are the most challenging facets of medicine?
      • What sparked your interest to pursue a career in medicine?
  • Part II. Describe your health-related volunteer experiences and the time devoted to them. (150 words)  Provide supporting documentation in your portfolio from a supervisor, coordinator, etc.
  • Part III. Discuss what has attracted you to apply to the School of Arts & Sciences-Newark , apart from the BA/MD program. (150 words)
    • Points to consider:
      • What areas of our campus are you familiar with?
      • How would you get involved on our campus?
  • Part IV. Discuss why you are specifically interested in attending Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) over other medical schools. (150 words)
    • Points to consider:
      • What aspects of NJMS most appeal to you and why?
      • Describe the mission of NJMS and how it relates to your goals as a physician.

Note: At the bottom of the essay, provide the name and telephone number of your guidance counselor (and extension, if applicable). We may contact this person to schedule a telephone interview with you during school hours.  In addition, please include your full name and social security number on your essay, for identification purposes.

3 letters of recommendation

A copy of your official high school transcript (even if you have self-reported your grades online).

A Resume (1-2 pages)

Any additional documentation you deem pertinent, such as verification of your volunteer work, copies of awards received, etc.

Any applications/documents postmarked after November 1st will not be considered for the BA/MD program. Portfolio documents MUST be mailed to the Rutgers University-Newark Admissions Office in one envelope. Documents that come in separately will not be reviewed and may result in you being incomplete and withdrawn from further BA/MD consideration.

After Applying

After November 1st, BA/MD applicants can expect:

  • File Review: Admissions will review all students who applied.  Those applicants who met the minimum criteria and submitted completed portfolios by November 1st will then be reviewed by Pre-Professional Services for consideration into the BA/MD Program.  This does take some time to do, your patience is appreciated. Applicants will be notified of the status of their file via email. Please check the email account you provided on the Rutgers University application regularly for BA/MD status updates.
  • Rutgers Interview: Applicants with the strongest credentials will be interviewed in-person or by telephone while at school or at home by early February. Not all applicants are guaranteed an interview, but you will be notified of your status in the BA/MD review process regardless.
  • NJMS Interview: Should Rutgers recommend the applicant, the medical school will review the credentials and may consider the applicant for an in-person interview by late March.
  • Final Selection Process: The medical school ultimately makes all BA/MD admission decisions (acceptance AND nonacceptance). Notifications are mailed in April. Admitted students must inform Rutgers of their enrollment intentions by May 1st.

BA/MD Program (NJMS-NWK): Admission

Students admitted to the BA/MD Program should visit Pre-Professional Services within the Office of Academic Services (Hill Hall, Room 312) in September and open a file.

If you have any questions, once admitted into the BA/MD program, please contact:


Note: English, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Psychology and History are the six possible majors at Rutgers offered to students in this program.