University of Pittsburgh

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

  • Please submit the AMCAS application electronically by January 15.
  • When opening the AMCAS application, an AMCAS ID number will be assigned to you.
  • Please note that at this point, you should close out the application and forward the AMCAS ID number to the Office of Admissions at
  • The Office of Admissions will then designate you as a Special Program Applicant and send further instructions. (Inclusion in this program allows you to forgo the application fee.)
  • When the Admissions Office receives the verified AMCAS application, a Supplemental Application will be e-mailed to you. We request that you complete this application before February 15.
  • Letters of recommendation from the Post-Baccalaureate Program Director and two other supporting letters from faculty members should be submitted by February 7.

Application process

Applications will be reviewed by the Associate and Assistant Deans of Admissions, and those selected to be interviewed will be contacted directly by February 15, with the Post-Baccalaureate Program Director being notified first. Interviews will be scheduled for March or April.

After the interview, the applicant(s) selected for the linkage will receive a letter of contingent acceptance from the Associate Dean of Admissions along with a contract sent and copied to the Post-Baccalaureate Program Director.

MCAT scores must be released and received by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine no later than June 30.

A final review of all application materials, including all college and post-baccalaureate coursework, letters of reference, MCAT scores, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine interview reports, and any updates will be conducted by the Admissions Special Programs Committee. If all requirements have been met and there are no negative references, comportment, or academic-integrity issues, an acceptance will be tendered.

Our Mission

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations through cutting-edge biomedical research, innovative educational programs in medicine and biomedical science, and leadership in academic medicine.