Wayne Med-Direct

An innovative B.S. /B.A to M.D. program at Wayne State University

Wayne Med-Direct (Wayne M.D.) is a unique program that guarantees admission to Wayne State's School of Medicine and Irvin D. Reid Honors College for 10 students each year. Wayne M.D. emphasizes mentoring and research by giving participants the opportunity to become part of the School of Medicine community during their undergraduate studies, leading to M.D. or combined M.D. /Ph.D. degree programs at WSU.


Wayne State University will evaluate candidates through a holistic admission process. To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA and 1340 SAT or 30 ACT score
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be an incoming freshman

Preference will be given to students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds who are also interested in studying health disparities.

Early Decision

Wayne Med-Direct program is a binding Early Decision program. Students may apply to other regular admissions or non-binding early decision programs.  If you apply to the Wayne Med-Direct program, you may not apply for binding Early Decision to any other school. If you apply early to the Wayne Med-Direct program, you are indicating that the only binding Early Decision application you intend to file is Wayne State University's application.   If you are accepted to the Wayne Med-Direct program:

  • You must withdraw any applications sent to other schools.
  • You must pay the enrollment deposit.
  • You must sign and return the program contract by the date specified in the acceptance letter.

Applicants who are not accepted to the Wayne Med-Direct program are welcome to and eligible to apply to the Irvin D. Reid Honors College (http://honors.wayne.edu/) and the ReBUILD Detroit program (https://wayne.edu/gradschool/build/).

If you are ready to commit to the Wayne Med-Direct program to pursue a B.S. or B.A. and M.D. or M.D. /Ph.D. degrees you may apply by November 1, 2017. Students will be notified of the admissions committee's decision in mid-December.  Admitted students will have until January 8, 2018 to accept an offer of admission. 


  • Admission to WSU's Honors College and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Guaranteed admission to the WSU School of Medicine upon satisfaction of the eligibility requirements, as well as successful completion of the B.A. or B.S. degree and MCAT
  • Four years of paid undergraduate tuition
  • Four years of paid School of Medicine tuition*
  • Four years of paid undergraduate room and board costs in university housing
  • Cutting-edge research and field experiences with renowned faculty mentors
  • Participation in summer enrichment courses
  • Participation in specially designed curricular enhancements such as seminars, workshops and hands-on clinical training in the School of Medicine
  • Free MCAT and GRE preparation
  • Travel to relevant research conferences and symposia

*Subject to the School of Medicine's holistic admission process

Application requirements

All students are required to submit the following items prior to the November 1 deadline:

  • Complete the university undergraduate admission application (information about applying to Wayne State University for undergraduate admission is available at http://wayne.edu/admissions/undergrad/)
  • Submission of official high school transcripts
  • Submission of official SAT or ACT scores (only composite scores will be required)
  • Completion of the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using WSU code 002329
  • Complete the additional Wayne Med-Direct Application Form 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Two must be from teachers
    • One must be from a community member not affiliated with the student's high school
  • Two personal statements (Statement topics will be determined by the Admissions Committee will be stated in the Wayne Med-Direct Application Form)

When applying through the Common App, applicants should receive a temporary username and password from admissions that will allow them to log in to Wayne State's application site. Once logged in, applicants will be taken to his/her AppStatus page, which shows the items still needed for submission for the general application, as well as an option to express interest in the Wayne Med-Direct program. Once interest is expressed, additional items that need to be uploaded will be generated and added to the checklist.

Wayne Med-Direct application cannot be accessed through the Common App; students must apply via the WSU Freshmen Application and choose Wayne Med-Direct as a supplementary application near the end of the application.

Applicants must insure that official transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation and all application documents are received by the due date.  Applications received after the deadline will be considered ineligible for admission into the program.

If you have any further questions, please email med-direct@wayne.edu

Information sessions

Wayne Med-Direct Program will host information sessions for prospective students to learn more about the program on the following dates. Take this opportunity to meet with program representatives, admissions counselors, financial aid officers, and current Wayne Med-Direct Scholars to discover how Wayne Med-Direct could help you fulfill your dreams of becoming a leader in the medical community and have your questions answered. All information sessions will be held in the Auditorium in the first floor of Welcome Center, (42 W. Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201; Map) from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Parking is available in structures 3 and 6. RSVP for the information sessions.

  • September 11, 2017
  • September 25, 2017
  • October 9, 2017
  • October 23, 2017

If you cannot join us for one of the information sessions, but would still like to learn more about the program, please join us for a Wayne MD Google Hangout on Monday, October 16, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. RSVP for the Google Hangout.

The Wayne Med-Direct program is administered collaboratively through Wayne State University's Graduate School, Irvin D. Reid Honors College, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and School of Medicine.