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Charles R. Drew University (CDU) of Medicine and Science encourages applications from individuals with a strong interest and passion for dedicating their career to providing quality and compassionate service to underserved communities. Admission to Charles Drew University is a competitive process and applications are considered individually and in their entirety. In selecting students, each program considers evidence of the applicant’s integrity, discipline, compassion, and intellectual vigor.

Admission to CDU’s undergraduate and graduate programs is competitive, thus, meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance to a program. Additionally, all candidates must be available for an in-person interview (or a phone interview if the candidate is out-of-state). The number of students admitted and enrolled every year is determined by approved enrollment levels as well as the capacity of the University and each academic department. 

The Office of Admissions accepts applications in accordance with the University’s policy regarding Deadlines for Admission and Financial Aid.

Official application documents must be sent to:

Office of Admissions
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 East 120th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059

For information about applying to the CDU/UCLA Medical Education Program in the College of Medicine, please contact:
Office of Admissions
   CDU/UCLA Medical Education Program
   323-563-4952   

To apply for an undergraduate or certificate program in the College of Science of Health, prospective students must complete the online Application for Undergraduate Admissions. In addition to the application, the following items must be submitted according to each program. Please note that only completed applications will be processed.

Undergraduate Degree Programs: Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science (NOTE: For admission consideration to the Life Sciences bachelor degree program, candidates need to have completed at least one year of college study with a minimum of 30 credits by the time of enrollment at CDU. The only entry point to the program is in the fall.)

  • $35 Non-refundable Application Fee (check/money order)
  • Personal Goal Statement*
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (academic/professional)   (For the Life Sciences program, two of the letters must be written by a mathematics or science teacher.)
  • Official High School Transcript or GED Equivalent and College Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Life Sciences only - SAT/ACT Scores (not considered a factor for admission selection but are a requirement for application if candidates do not have an earned college degree from a regionally accredited institution)
  • For the Radiography Program ONLY,  official transcripts to verify completion of the following prerequisite courses within the last ten (10) years:
    • Anatomy & Physiology (4 units)
    • Elementary Algebra (3 units)
    • English Composition (3 units)
    • Medical Terminology (3 units)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

*The Personal Goal Statement should be at least 2 pages in length and should describe why you want to complete a program at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science. It should address your career and/or educational plans upon completion of your degree or certificate program. You may also wish to explain any inconsistent or erratic patterns of academic performance at previous institutions. 

To apply for graduate programs, prospective students must complete the online Application for Graduate Studies. In addition to the application, the following items must be submitted according to each program. Please note that only completed applications will be processed.
Master of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Public Health

  • $75 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Personal Goal Statement (2-3 pages), which should address the following:
    • Interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health
    • Demonstrate how interests are aligned with the mission of CDU and the Urban Public Health Program
    • Career objectives and if they include serving the underserved
    • Self-assessment of interpersonal skills, verbal and written skills, computer skills, and general preparation for succeeding in a graduate program in public health.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (at least one letter must be an academic reference). Download required Recommendation Form for Graduate Studies here.
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited post-secondary institutions attended (or evidence of a U.S. equivalent baccalaureate degree based on a foreign credential evaluation). See the University approved foreign credential evaluation agencies here.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores (taken within the last five years of application date) – The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants holding a graduate degree with a graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and/or applicants who can provide official GMAT or MCAT scores (taken within the last five years of the application date).

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Eligibility requirements for the MSN Program are as follows:

  • Have a completed baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university (or evidence of a U.S. equivalent baccalaureate degree based on a foreign credential evaluation). Please visit the International Students page for a list of approved foreign credential evaluation agencies.
  • Recommended overall undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Tracks only: Hold a current RN license in the State of California and in the state you reside in (or show evidence of application for a California RN license)

For admission consideration, prospective students must submit the following application materials:

  • Online Application for Master of Science in Nursing
  • $100 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited post-secondary institutions attended (or evidence of a U.S. equivalent baccalaureate degree based on a foreign credential evaluation). See the University approved foreign credential evaluation agencies here.
  • Personal Goal Statement (2-3 pages). The goal statement is your opportunity to tell the admissions committee what you are planning to do with your career after you finish your master degree.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (encouraged)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (at least one letter must be an academic reference). Download required Recommendation Form for Graduate Studies here.
  • Entry Level Track only: Official GRE Scores (taken within the last five years of application date)
  • Completed prerequisites:
    • Entry Level Track:
      • Anatomy with Lab (within 7 years of application date)
      • Physiology with Lab (within 7 years of application date)
      • Microbiology with Lab (within 7 years of application date)
      • English Composition
      • Sociology
      • Speech
      • Psychology
      • Nutrition
      • Statistics
    • Family Nurse Practitioner applicants with an Associate Degree in Nursing:
      • Anatomy with Lab
      • Physiology with Lab
      • Microbiology with Lab
      • English Composition
      • Sociology
      • Speech
      • Psychology
      • Nutrition
      • Statistics
    • Family Nurse Practitioner applicants with a BSN degree:
      • Statistics
    • Note: Applicants with a MSN degree who are interested in the Post Master Certificate program are not required to submit evidence of completed prerequisite courses.

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Office of Admissions
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 E. 120th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059
T: (323) 563-4839
E: admissionsinfo@cdrewu.edu
Location
The Office of Admissions is located on the 1st floor of the Montague Cobb Building.  View Map.
Office Hours
Monday – Friday: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, except holidays.