What Is a Special Master’s Program?

About the Ads

LizzyM

the evil queen of numbers
Verified Expert
15+ Year Member
Mar 7, 2005
25,851
44,795
  1. Academic Administration
    A special masters program (SMP) is often offered by a medical school and includes much of the coursework taken by medical students during the first year of medical school. It might be called an MS in Anatomy or an MS in Physiology. It determines if you have what it takes to do well in medical school where there might be doubts, based on past academic performance, that the student has what it takes to do well.

    So, you pay something close to a year of med school tuition betting that you can out-perform most medical students at that school. If you do well, you may get an offer of admission to that school (sometimes, I think, called a "linkage") or you may apply to other medical schools with the hope that your high GPA in the SMP is evidence of your ability to rise above your poor undergraduate record and succeed in medical school. If you do poorly in a SMP, it is GAME OVER for your chances of going to medical school so it only makes sense to do a SMP if you have a poor undergrad record but believe that your undergrad record underestimated your ability to perform at a high level and that you can come out on top in a competitive class of medical students.

    Keep asking questions. That's why we're here.
     
    Last edited:
    • Like
    Reactions: 4 users
    About the Ads

    Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

    1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
    2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
    3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
    4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
    5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
    6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
    7. This thread is locked.