The Faculty of Medicine was established to give properly qualified candidates, particularly from Lebanon and the Near East, the opportunity for sound education in both the art and science of medicine. All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree and must have completed the premedical requirements as well as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Students in their senior year, expecting to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in June, are also eligible to apply provided they have completed the premedical requirements and have taken the MCAT by the end of the first semester of their senior year. For applicants holding (or expecting) a bachelors degree, consideration for acceptance is limited to those with a minimum cumulative general average of 75 percent in each of the following: 1) all courses, 2) the required premedical core courses, and 3) the major courses. For applicants from North American colleges, a minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. Applications from individuals holding (or expecting by June of the same year) a Master or a doctoral degree are encouraged. These applicants will be considered based upon their academic performance and their research productivity; in these cases, some of the premedical requirements may be waived depending on the field of study.
Interviews are granted to a selected group of applicants based on their MCAT scores and their academic achievement. Granting an interview does not necessarily imply that the applicant will be accepted. Students are accepted to medical school on the basis of their academic qualifications, their MCAT score, and the results of their interviews. In addition, due consideration is given to the applicants’ letters of recommendation from their teachers and mentors, their curriculum vitae, as well as their personal statements. Among the traits that the successful applicant will demonstrate are humanistic and ethical attitudes, good communication and interpersonal skills, emotional maturity, and personal integrity. Previous experience in research, community service and volunteer work are considered positive attributes.
The Faculty of Medicine at AUB does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, or religion.
The minimal premedical requirements are summarized below
A bachelor’s degree in any field of study
Historically, the vast majority of applicants to the Faculty of Medicine have been holders of bachelor degrees in biology. In an effort to diversify the pool of applicants, graduates from other majors are strongly encouraged to apply as long as they complete the premedical core courses required for admission to the Faculty of Medicine. Students can take some of the premedical courses as electives in their respective majors.
Premedical core course requirements
The minimal premedical requirements include biology with laboratory (7 credits), chemistry with laboratory (15 credits including 8 credits of organic chemistry), physics and basic electronics with laboratory (8 credits), English (6 credits at AUB or exemption), social sciences and/or humanities (6 credits). To facilitate applications by non-science majors and from diverse fields of study, some courses taken in the Lebanese Baccalaureate Program may count towards fulfillment of the premedical core course requirements as detailed in Table 1. Table 2 presents the recommended courses depending on the major of study at AUB.
Premedical core course requirements and credit equivalents according to Lebanese Baccalaureate Program Subject
Recommended premedical core courses according to field of study at AUB
Required Premedical Credits||
Lebanese Baccalaureate Credit Equivalents According to Program ||
|| ||Life Sciences||General Sciences||Economics and Sociology||Literature and Humanities|| |
ENGL 203 (3 cr.)
ENGL204 (3 cr.)
Humanities + Social Sciences
|Fulfilled by the general education requirements of the University, which include 6 credits in the humanities/6 credits in CVSP courses and 6 credits in the social sciences||X||X||X||X|
|BIOL 101 (3 cr.) or equivalent||X||X||X||X|
|||BIOL 201 (4 cr.)||X||X||X||X|
||| || || || || |
|PHYS 101 (4 cr.) PHYS 105 (1 cr.) or equivalent||X||X||X||X|
|||PHYS 204 (3 cr.) + PHYS 204L (1 cr.) or PHYS 205 (3 cr.) + PHYS 205L (1 cr.)||X|| || ||X|
|||PHYS 211 (3 cr.) + PHYS 211L (1 cr.)|| ||X|| || |
|||PHYS 210 (3 cr.) + PHYS 210L (1 cr.)|| || ||X|| |
|CHEM 101 (3 cr.) + CHEM 101L (1 cr.) or equivalent||X||X||X||X|
|||CHEM 201 (3 cr.)||X||X||X||X|
|||CHEM 211 (3 cr.)||X||X||X||X|
|||CHEM 212 (3 cr.)||X||X||X||X|
|||CHEM 210 (2 cr.)||X|| ||X||X|
|||CHEM 225 (4 cr.)|| ||X|| || |
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
A competitive score in the MCAT, which may be taken twice only, is required. If taken twice, the higher score is considered. The MCAT score must be available at the time the application is submitted. Since 2015, a new MCAT has been implemented which contains, in addition to the biological and physical sciences, a new section on the social and behavioral sciences. Students are encouraged to review the content of the new MCAT and plan their undergraduate studies accordingly, e.g., by taking additional courses in psychology, sociology and anthropology, and in biology, chemistry and physics, after consultation with their advisors.
Applicants expecting to receive a bachelor’s degree after the deadline for application should be aware of the following
- Applicants must be in their senior year.
- The cumulative average of 70 credits or more (at the time of application) should be equal to or higher than 75 percent for students from AUB, or its equivalent for those from other universities. All required core courses must have been completed by the end of the fall semester of the senior year with an average of at least 75 percent or its equivalent. The cumulative average in the major courses completed by the end of the fall semester of the senior year must also be equal to or greater than 75 percent.
- Admission to medical school is contingent upon completion of graduation requirements and obtaining the bachelor’s degree, which should be achieved by the end of the spring semester of the students’ senior year.
Applicants expecting to receive a master’s or doctoral degree after the deadline for application should be aware of the following
- A minimum cumulative grade average of 80 percent or its equivalent is required.
- Admission to medical school is contingent upon completion of graduation requirements and obtaining the master’s or doctoral degree, which should be achieved by the end of the spring semester.
Conditional acceptance to the faculty is issued by the middle of April and is finalized upon completion of the requirements for the bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree.