FAQ

How many years does it take to complete the B.A.-M.D. Program?

It is an eight-year program — four years at Brooklyn College and four years at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Does the B.A.-M.D. Program restrict its students to any particular fields of medicine?

No.

Does the B.A.-M.D. Program require its graduates to practice in any particular location for any specified length of time?

No.

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

The B.A.-M.D. Program is geared to students in the New York area. Applicants should be high school seniors. We recommend that our applicants have a high school academic average of at least 90 and that they have at least 1200 as the sum of their reading and mathematics scores on the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT I).

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

The B.A.-M.D. Program does not accept transfer students. Students who have already attended college, whether at Brooklyn College or elsewhere, are not eligible to apply.

Can a student who has been admitted to the B.A.-M.D. Program defer entrance into the program?

No, acceptees must begin in the fall semester immediately following their acceptance, or they forfeit their acceptance.

What is the cost of the program?

B.A.-M.D. students receive a scholarship during their four years at Brooklyn College, and this scholarship completely covers the cost of tuition for New York State residents. As far as the medical school years, the tuition for SUNY Downstate was $18,800 for New York State residents in the 2005–06 academic year. There were additional student fees totalling $390. For comparison, in the same academic year New York University School of Medicine charged $30,625 and $4,550 for tuition and fees, respectively; Harvard Medical School charged $35,800 and $1,818, respectively.*

*Numbers taken from Medical School Admissions Requirements, 2007–08, Association of American Medical Colleges.

How many students apply for the 15 places in each entering class?

Three hundred two students applied for admission to the 2007 entering class.

How many students are offered an interview?

We interviewed 90 students for the 2007 entering class.

What is the time schedule for the admissions process?

Applications are due Dec. 31. We conduct interviews in March and begin making admissions decisions shortly thereafter.

What is the relationship between the B.A.-M.D. Program and the Macaulay Honors College?

The Macaulay Honors College is a completely separate program, although many B.A.-M.D. students also participate in the Macaulay Honors College. If you want to apply to the Macaulay Honors College, you must submit the Macaulay Honors College Application rather than the regular CUNY Freshman Admission Application. Both regular and Macaulay Honors College applications can be obtained from Brooklyn College's Admissions Information Center. The word "honors" causes confusion because the B.A.-M.D. Program is part of the Brooklyn College Honors Academy. It is very easy for students to complete the BA-MD program while being a part of the Macaulay Honors College as well. Please e-mail current students if you have any questions.

Do B.A.-M.D. students have to take the MCAT?

Yes. In preparation for the Medical Licensing Exams that begin with the Step One exam at the end of the sixth year in the program, B.A.-M.D. students are required, during their Brooklyn College years, to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).  They need only score a nine out of 15 on each of the verbal, biological sciences, and physical sciences sections of the test. Students may retake the MCAT, but they must eventually score nine or better in each section during a single administration of the test.

Do B.A.-M.D. students have their own separate classes at Brooklyn College?

The only class taken exclusively by B.A.-M.D. students is the senior seminar focusing on urban community health. B.A.-M.D. students also take certain humanities classes in special honors sections.

Do students in the B.A.-M.D. Program receive credit for high school AP exams?

The B.A.-M.D. Program generally follows the AP policies of Brooklyn College, and according to these policies students receive Brooklyn College credit if they score sufficiently high on a given AP exam. With AP chemistry and physics, the B.A.-M.D. Program has a special policy: Students may accept credit for Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2, Physics 1 and/or Physics 2 according to Brooklyn College's AP policies. However, if a student accepts AP credit for a given one of these classes, B.A.-M.D. Program rules stipulate that the student must instead take an upper-level course in that science. Students may opt to decline the credit for which they are eligible. For example, a student with a four or five on the AP chemistry exam is eligible to receive AP credit for Chemistry 1 and Chemistry 2, but the student may decline this credit and take Chemistry 1 and Chemistry 2.

What is the housing situation in the B.A.-M.D. Program?

Brooklyn College has recently built a residence hall near campus. Students whose families live far from the college may choose to live in these residence halls or, as many of our students do, rent an apartment in the nearby neighborhoods. SUNY Downstate also has dormitories for its medical students. These dorms are directly across from the Medical Center.

Is it possible to commute to Brooklyn College from outside of New York City?

Students commute from as far as Long Island. Some of these commuters take the Long Island Rail Road to Flatbush Avenue Station in Brooklyn, and from there it is a 20-minute subway ride on the 2 or 5 trains to Flatbush Avenue / Brooklyn College terminal.  For drivers, there is both free and metered parking around the school. Some residents in the neighborhood rent out their driveways. One B.A.-M.D. student who commutes by car from Long Island says, "Street parking is very manageable. It is a safe neighborhood, so don't worry about your car being broken into. Personally, I have never had any problems, and I've been driving for the past three and a half years. Students always manage to find a parking spot; it's just a matter of how far you are going to walk. The farthest I ever parked was about a 15- or 20-minute walk."