Medical University of South Carolina Secondary Application

Medical University of South Carolina Secondary Essay Prompts

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Prompts have been updated November 2023. (Older essays, if available are below)


  • Please discuss your primary interest in attending the Medical University of South Carolina. (2000 characters)
  • We desire to train students and physicians to work with the diverse patients of our state and nation. Please share any important aspects of your background, identity, and/or experiences that have impacted your ability to relate to and work with diverse communities and patient populations. (3000 characters)
  • For re-applicants: If you are a re-applicant, please describe what you have done since last applying (i.e. your activities, involvement, preparedness, etc.) to strengthen your candidacy for medical school. (2000 characters)
  • For out-of-state applicants: If you are not a legal resident of South Carolina, please describe in detail your strong Close Ties to South Carolina. Close Ties are defined as: (1) Having lived in SC for multiple years, (2) Parents who currently live full-time in SC, (3) Completed the majority of your education in SC (i.e. enrolled in or graduate of an undergraduate and/or graduate degree from a South Carolina institution), (4) and/or Currently living in and/or working in South Carolina. (3000 characters)

Primary Deadline: Usually around Nov 1st
Secondary Deadline
: Usually around Dec 15th
Secondary Fee: $95
FAP Waiver: Case by Case Basis
Casper Required: No
PREview Required: No
Screens Applications: Yes
Accepts Application Updates: Yes/MUSC Website

Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine Mission:

The College of Medicine, as an integral part of the Medical University of South Carolina, is dedicated to the University’s education, research and service missions. In doing so, the College is committed to maintaining an educational environment for all students that prepares them for a career of excellence in the practice of medicine and in the service to their communities. We recognize the need to engender and support life-long learning to sustain and expand competence and performance throughout the physician’s career and we acknowledge the importance of interdisciplinary and interprofessional education in the provision of accessible, high-quality health services.

To support these educational goals, the College is committed to the continued development and expansion of biomedical research to extend the boundaries of health care for all people. Further, we support enhancement of research directed to improving access, enhancing quality and controlling costs of health care. These commitments are manifest through active participation in a medical center with broad capabilities and responsibility for the provision of primary, as well as tertiary/quaternary health services for citizens in the state. We continue to nurture strong programs in primary health care to support current and future educational, research and service requirements.

We believe that these objectives are best obtained through ensuring optimal opportunities for all constituents-students, faculty and administration, including all backgrounds and levels of diversity, to achieve full potential. Additionally, the College is committed to the development and prudent use of resources to achieve its mission.

Older Essays:

For the Essay section, write a paragraph that includes discussion of the following:
– why do you want to come to MUSC
– research you want to pursue in graduate school