What is the B.A.-M.D. program?

The B.A.-M.D. program is an eight-year combined bachelor's/M.D. program. Students in the program must complete four years of undergraduate studies at Brooklyn College, followed by four years of medical studies at SUNY Downstate's College of Medicine.

Who is eligible to apply to the B.A.-M.D. program?

High school seniors currently attending high school in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are eligible to apply. High school graduates are not eligible.

Can students transfer to the B.A.-M.D. program?


When do applications open? When does the application process close?

The online application opens on Sept. 1 and closes on Dec. 15.

Can paper applications be submitted?


Can a student apply to other Honors Academy programs at Brooklyn College, in addition to the B.A.-M.D. program?

Yes. Students can also apply to Macaulay Honors College and the Scholars Program. Students are permitted to be members of both Macaulay Honors College and the B.A.-M.D. program, or the Scholars and the B.A.-M.D. program.

How many applicants are there each year for the B.A.-M.D. program?

There are usually between 250 and 300 applicants.

How many applicants are invited for an interview?

Approximately 100.

How many applicants are accepted each year?


What criteria are used to judge B.A.-M.D. applicants?

The program is seeking academically strong students who have a wide range of interests. Academic strength criteria include SAT or ACT scores, high school GPA, AP courses completed or in progress, Regents scores, etc. Breadth of interests is captured by a well-organized résumé.

Is the B.A.-M.D. program a scholarship program?

Yes. B.A.-M.D. students receive up to $4,000 each year. If a student in the B.A.-M.D. program is also a member of the Macaulay Honors College, that student will receive a full-tuition scholarship.

Are B.A.-M.D. students guaranteed a seat in SUNY Downstate's College of Medicine?

B.A.-M.D. students are required to maintain a 3.50 overall GPA and a 3.50 science GPA. In addition, students must take the MCAT for the first time during the summer following the junior year and must achieve a score on each section and a total score that meets the minimum requirements set by the College of Medicine. If a B.A.-M.D. student cannot maintain a 3.50 overall GPA or science GPA or cannot achieve the minimum scores on the MCAT after three attempts, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Do B.A.-M.D. students attend classes together?

Not necessarily. Each student has a unique program and may or may not be in class with other B.A.-M.D. students. Even though the science courses taken by each B.A.-M.D. student in the freshman year are the same, a particular student may be in a problem-solving session (recitation) or lab that does not contain any other B.A.-M.D. freshmen. In later years, the programs of B.A.-M.D. students diverge even further, because each student has chosen a specific major that may differ from that of the other members of his or her class. In addition, general education courses can be taken in any order, so, again, the programs of members of a particular B.A.-M.D. class may differ.