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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Admissions

Our MD Curriculum trains students to practice 21st-century medicine. Our educational program offers an integrated, learner-centered environment that promotes inquiry, continuity and evidence-based learning


The majority of students come to Feinberg through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Three distinctive programs are available – Regular MD (Standard Admissions), Early Decision MD (EDP), and MSTP (MD/PhD).

MD Standard Admissions

Doctor of Medicine

The Doctor of Medicine program is designed to prepare students as medical professionals in a time of significant change in health care delivery and exciting opportunities for further advancement in the science of medicine. The curriculum, updated in 2012, is organized into three phases, emphasizing integration of four main curricular elements: Science in Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Health & Society, and Professional Development.

MD Program

MD Early Decision (EDP)

Doctor of Medicine Early Decision

Feinberg has a small, selective Early Decision MD program inaugurated in 2019. While preference will be given to EDP applicants who have demonstrated a strong academic performance, equally important are other attributes such as interpersonal skills, service, medically-related experiences, humanitarianism, teaching, interest in research, and/or other meaningful life experiences. Prospective EDP candidates should review the Entering Class Profile

MD Early Decision PROGRAM


Medical Scientist Training Program

The MSTP program allows students to work towards both an MD and PhD degree through the medical school and the Graduate School, respectively. Students are first admitted to the medical school before applying for the MSTP.


Dual-Degree Programs

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine offer students a number of ways to personalize their education. Learn more about our formal dual-degree programs that may be considered after acceptance to Feinberg.


Doctor of Medicine/Master of Public Health

The MD/MPH Program allows students in the medical school to earn a master of Public Health degree part-time in the evening while they earn a MD at Feinberg. Administered through the Department of Preventive Medicine, students should first be accepted into the medical school before applying to the Graduate School.



Doctor of Medicine/Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research

The Master of Science in Health Services and Outcomes Research can be completed by taking a gap year between the third and fourth year of medical school. Students interested in improving health care delivery, health outcomes, and health policy through research should apply to the Graduate School during third year.




Doctor of Medicine/Master of Science in Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety

The Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety is part-time and can be completed in the first two years of medical school while allowing students to continue their medical education.



Doctor of Medicine/Master of Business Administration

Feinberg students can combine their medical training with an MBA from Kellogg through Northwestern's joint degree program. Students will apply during their third year of medical school. After completing the third year, students  will  enroll at Kellogg and spend approximately 9 months completing their core courses through the MS in Management studies program based on the Chicago campus. The remainder of the MBA degree requirements can be completed at the Chicago or Evanston campuses. A GMAT or GRE score is required for all candidates applying to the MD-MBA joint degree program.



Doctor of Medicine/Master of Medical Humanities & Bioethics

The Combined MD/MA Program is designed for students at Feinberg who are interested in earning an MA in Medical Humanities & Bioethics concurrently with their MD.


Other Early Admissions

The majority of students come to Feinberg through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). In addition, we offer two other unique routes of admission to Feinberg School of Medicine for premier, qualified applicants. Each route as special characteristics, application requirements, and deadlines that are program specific.


Honors Program in Medical Education

The Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) offers a unique educational experience for talented high school students anticipating a career in medicine or medical science. The HPME fosters flexibility and creativity in the undergraduate education while reducing the pressures related to gaining acceptance to medical school. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the reduced pressure by exploring and challenging themselves personally and professionally to prepare a solid foundation for success in medical school and for leadership roles in their careers in medicine. Since the HPME accepts a limited number of students, only those who demonstrate superior high school achievement and academic aptitude and who apply directly from high school are considered. Students enrolled in HPME are expected to maintain a GPA greater than 3.5 in order to matriculate at Feinberg

HPME Program


Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program

The Northwestern Undergraduate Premedical Scholars Program (NUPSP) is an early MD acceptance program into the Feinberg School of Medicine for high achieving Northwestern University undergraduate students with a demonstrated commitment to a career as a physician. Northwestern University students are accepted during their third undergraduate year for matriculation into the Feinberg School after their 4th or senior year.

NUPSP Program

More Programs

A full list of all Feinberg programs and certifications are available via Feinberg's Education main page.

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Community Engagement

The Feinberg MD program encourages our students to use their expertise to build healthier, happier communities. Through opportunities with global health, volunteerism at community clinics and the Education-Centered Medical Home training program, students learn while they provide a vital community service.

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