The Doctor of Medicine (MD-Ochsner) is only available to citizens of the United States of America, or permanent residents of the United States of America. Entry is competitive based on MCAT, GPA and multiple mini interview (MMI).

Admissions criteria can be perused below and for detailed information about the program please visit the Doctor of Medicine (MD-Ochsner) program page.

Academic entry requirements

GPA of 2.67 (B- average cumulative) in your Bachelor or Masters degree, which must have been completed within the ten year period preceding the proposed commencement date.

A minimum score in MCAT of 504 is also required. Please note that a score of 504 is not a guarantee that you will receive an offer. This is a very competitive program and the final cut-off MCAT scores may be higher than 504. The MCAT must be gained in the three years preceding the year of commencement.


From 2022, applicants will be required to have successfully completed two subject pre-requisities.

  • Applying for 2020 entry: No prerequisites required
  • Applying for 2021 entry: No prerequisites required
  • Applying for 2022: All graduate entry applicants need to have successfully completed the two subject pre-requisites or equivalent when enrolling into the Doctor of Medicine (MD-Ochsner) program as medical students.

Recommended study

It is recognised that science, biomedical science or health sciences degrees are good preparation for medical study and a subsequent medical career.

If you are applying prior to the prerequisites discussed above, and have not completed a  science, biomedical science or health sciences degree, we recommend that you enrol in some biomedical science subjects. This will ensure you are adequately prepare for the medical program. 

If you have not yet completed your undergraduate degree, you should ensure that you are able to satisfy the subject pre-requisites and undertake Biostatistics and Anatomy during your undergraduate degree.

English proficiency

If you completed high school or a degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) in The United States of America, you will meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements as listed below.

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.


Eligible applicants will be invited to participate in a Multiple-Mini Interview (MMI). Invitations to interview are based on MCAT, GPA, and places available.

Learn more about MMI's

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Doctor of Medicine (MD-Ochsner) program are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

2019 class demographics

  • Gender: 55% male, 45% female
  • Average age: 25
  • Terminal degree background: Bachelors 81%, Masters 19%
  • Average GPA: Masters Degree 3.56, Bachelors Degree 3.39
  • MCAT average: 508