The Pathway Scholars Program application process is hosted by the University's GradApp platform. The application link is available on the homepage of the Pathway Scholars Program between August 1st and December each year. The Pathway application will notify the applicant when their completed application has been received.

To further understand our program timeline and procedures, we have noted important dates throughout our admission season, as well as outlined a step-by-step review of our application process:

Important Dates

Description 2024-2025
Final MCAT administration date accepted for AY24-25 September 14, 2024
Application opens August 1, 2024
Application and letters of recommendation due December 9, 2024
Interview date January/February 2025
Decisions communicated to applicants March 2025
Classes begin July 7, 2025

Note: We are unable to grant extensions for those that miss the deadlines.

Step I: Application

Applicants must complete and submit all components of the application through the University's GradApp platform to be considered for admission to the Pathway Scholars Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. No fee is charged for the primary application. The program is listed as the Master of Medical Studies (MMS) degree in Phoenix in the platform.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix reserves the right to request further information from any applicant in order to more effectively evaluate the applicant.

Step II: Letters of Recommendation

The Pathway Scholars Program allows students to submit Letters of Recommendation through the GradApp platform by assigning recommenders in the system or through the option to use letters submitted to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix MD Application via AMCAS (for applicants who apply to the direct MD program, as well).

The Admissions Committee requires a minimum of three letters (and no more than five) from individuals with whom you have an established professional relationship and can clearly affirm the traits and characteristics desired in a physician. At least one letter from a recent clinical experience is required. Additional letters from individuals in a variety of settings are desired: employer, research lab supervisor, community service project leader, etc.

Step III: Interview and Campus Visit

The Admissions Committee will have the opportunity to review the application and letters of recommendation to render a decision: invite to interview, hold for possible interview or preliminary rejection. At least three letters of recommendation must be received before an applicant is reviewed for an interview.

Applicants will be invited to travel and learn more about our downtown Phoenix campus and program curriculum. The interview day, also known as the Applicant Visit Day, consists of several opportunities to meet current Pathway students and alumni, faculty and leadership, as well as to learn about curricular and extracurricular information. A component of that day will include the administration of the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI).

Step IV: Admissions Decision

Applicants to the Pathway Scholars Program will receive acceptance offers in mid-March. Once notified, an applicant must complete an Affirmation Statement within a period of time to confirm the terms of the acceptance. At no time is a financial deposit required. An acceptance offer may be rescinded if any materials referenced in the application are not received or are known to be fraudulent or deceptive. Candidates for the entering class will be advised that matriculation is based upon the following conditions:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all required courses for admissions, as well as conferral of bachelor's degree.
  2. Ability to obtain an Arizona Department of Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card (FCC).
  3. Meets Arizona residency requirements.
  4. Possess the capability to complete, with or without reasonable accommodations, the entire curriculum established by the college, which is required to achieve the Master of Medical Studies degree.

Step V: Prepare to Transition into the Pathway Scholars Program

Candidates for the entering class will be required to submit additional documentation to the Graduate College and complete a series of onboarding steps, such as providing immunization records, official transcripts and other information to ensure a smooth transition.

For questions regarding Pathway Scholars Program application and admissions, please email or call 602-827-2443.