University of Pittsburgh

Admissions and Requirements

Linkage Program

The Linkage Program is a post-baccalaureate program between the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the following institutions:

Instructions to the Applicant

Interested applicants will identify themselves to the Post-Baccalaureate Program Director at the above institutions.  The Post-Baccalaureate Program Director will notify the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) of their intent to apply to the Linkage Program.  UPSOM will send detailed instructions to the identified applicants.

Application Process


  • Post-Baccalaureate Program Director will forward names and contact information to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) by early December
  • UPSOM will provide detailed instructions via email on completing the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) to each qualified applicant
  • AMCAS application needs submitted & verified by the January 15 deadline (includes applicant portion and 3 letters of recommendation – one from Post- Baccalaureate Director and two other supporting letters from faculty or research mentor)
  • Once UPSOM receives the verified AMCAS application, an UPSOM specific Supplemental Application will be emailed to the applicants
  • The Supplemental Application is due by the February 15 deadline
  • Completed applications will be reviewed by members of the Admissions Special Programs Committee
  • Qualified applicants will be selected to interview at UPSOM in March (you will not be admitted to the Linkage Program without an interview)
  • A final review of all application materials and interview reports will be conducted by the Admissions Special Programs Committee.

Eligibility Requirements

Stipulations for the linkage applicants are as follows:


  • Maintain overall GPA of 3.75 in post-baccalaureate program;
  • Grades should be reported immediately following the Spring semester for all course work.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.7 or higher is preferred.
  • MCAT is not required or considered in the decision to admit
  • Any comportment or academic integrity issues must be reported to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Office of Admissions.


Students enrolled in these Post-Baccalaureate programs but do not meet the additional requirements highlight above are welcome to apply during the general admissions cycle provided they have taken the MCAT. 








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