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 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Science and Health (COSH) 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.
To apply for an undergraduate or certificate program in the College of Science of Health, prospective students must complete the Application for Undergraduate Studies. Candidates may also apply online. In addition to the application, the following items must be submitted according to each program. Please note that an incomplete application file may delay its processing.
Undergraduate Degree Programs: Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
- $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)
- 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)
- Introduction to Radiologic Technology (2 units)
*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 Application for Graduate Studies. Candidates may also apply online. In addition to the application, the following items must be submitted according to each program. Please note that an incomplete application file may delay its processing.
Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Urban Public Health
- $75 Non-refundable Application Fee (check/money order)
- Personal Goal Statement, which should address the following:
- Interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health, and how interests are aligned with CDU’s mission and the Urban Public Health Program’s mission
- 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) Recommendation Forms for Graduate Studies (At least one letter must be from an individual who can provide information about your academic ability.)
- College or University Transcripts to verify undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and from all colleges and universities attended
- 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)
- Recommended cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate study
- 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 Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Tracks
- Completed prerequisites:
- Anatomy with Lab
- Physiology with Lab
- Microbiology with Lab
- English Composition
For the Entry Level Track, the following prerequisite courses must be completed within 7 years of application to the program and applicants must also submit official GRE scores as part of their application materials.
- Anatomy with Lab
- Physiology with Lab
- Microbiology with Lab
For admission consideration, prospective students must submit the following application materials:
- Application for Admission
- $100 Non-refundable Application Fee
- Two official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (International students with foreign academic credentials are required to submit an official foreign credential evaluation by a CDU approved foreign credential evaluation service.)
- Personal Goal Statement
- Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Three (3) Letters of Recommendation (academic and professional)
- Official GRE Scores (for Entry Level Track only)
- Copy of a current CA RN License and the state you reside in (for Clinical Nurse Leader and Family Nurse Practitioner Tracks)
- Verification of Employment/Evidence of Recent Clinical Experience (for Clinical Nurse Leader and Family Nurse Practitioner Tracks)
Questions about the MSN program and eligibility requirements should be directed to the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (323) 568-3301.
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
All other inquiries should be directed to the CDU Office of Admissions at (323) 563-4839 or email@example.com.