Linkage Agreements

What are linkage agreements?

Linkage agreements (also called early acceptance programs or pathways) are contracts between institutions that provide highly qualified undergraduate students with admissions support. Successful applicants would matriculate in the linkage school in the academic year immediately following graduation. Check out our agreements below if you are interested in osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or a master's degree in business and science.

What does LMU offer?

LMU has established formal linkage agreements with various health professional schools for students who want to accelerate their enrollment into a program. If professional school guidelines are met, students are guaranteed an interview. Acceptance is on a conditional basis determined by meeting specific school requirements.

We currently offer linkage agreements with the following institutions:

  • Keck Graduate Institute (KGI)

    Master of Business & Science

    In collaboration with the Keck Graduate Institute, we have developed a pathway to transition you from LMU to KGI's School of Applied Life Sciences. The Master of Business and Science (MBS) is designed to train future leaders in the life science industry. The team-oriented, project-based, two year MBS curriculum is intense, rigorous and always ahead of the curve. It emphasizes experiental learning in the classroom, through a required paid internship at a bioscience company, and as part of the yearlong, capstone Team Masters Project (TMP) in which teams of three to six students work with sponsoring companies to solve actual corporate problems.

    In addition, students choose an elective concentration in one of the following five areas: bioprocessing, biotech management, clinical and regulatory affairs, medical devices and diagnostics, and pharmaceutical discovery and development. With your KGI degree, you will emerge with not only the technical knowledge needed in the workplace, but also with real-world skills, insights and experience needed for success. KGI alums have gone to work in companies including: Genentech, Amgen, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Merck, and Genzyme.

    This pathway includes fewer application hurdles including no application fee, early fellowship consideration, and early admission confirmation by December 15 of your senior year. Contact the LMU Health Professions Advisor at prehealth@lmu.edu if you are interested in this program.

    Eligibility Requirements

    1. Complete all degree requirements for the BS in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. (Please contact admissions@kgi.edu for degree program qualifications)
    2. Graduate with a cumulative GPA ≤ 3.4
    3. Complete either a 300 hour approved internship or research in the applied life sciences in a nonprofit, corporate, or laboratory environment (e.g. NSF-REU)

    Steps to take before November 15th of your senior year at LMU

    1. Attend a visitation day at KGI. Check the KGI website for dates.
    2. Develop a curriculum plan to ensure your eligibility with your academic advisor
    3. Submit an online application before December 1st
    4. Provide KGI with verification of your completed internship experience and hours.
    5. Request a letter from the LMU Health Professions Advisor (prehealth@lmu.edu) to verify your eligibility, which is needed for your application.
  • Western University of Health Sciences

    Osteopathic Medicine Program

    Located in downtown Pomona, California, WesternU is one of the largest graduate schools for health professions in California. An early conditional acceptance into the college of osteopathic medicine is offered to students who meet the obligations of the linkage contract.

    The linkage agreement is designed to attract specific types of students to WesternU/COMP:

    1. On June 1 of each year (which is the deadline to apply for the linkage), LMU students must be either rising sophomores (preferred) or juniors. Sophomores need to have completed 2 semesters of biology and chemistry, and juniors must have completed 4 semesters.
    2. Students must also meet at least one of the following criteria:
      • Majoring in biological or biochemical science, have a science and undergraduate cumulative GPA at or above 3.8, and be strongly motivated towards osteopathic medicine.
      • Have a strong commitment to and prolonged experience with community service, ideally with underserved populations or communities.
      • Grew up in a socio-economic, educational and/or medically underserved family or community and have expressed a desire to return to practice in those communities.
      • From a population that is underrepresented in medicine (e.g. Hispanic, African American, Native American) and desire to practice in those communities in the future.

    Linkage Expectations

    • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.4 and science GPA of 3.5 until graduation from LMU.
    • MCAT score must be 500 or higher, with no less than 124 in any section.
    • The AACOMAS online application must be submitted prior to matriculation.
    • Complete a minimum of 50 hours of community service.
    • Have at least 50 hours of clinical/shadowing experience (DO preferred).
    • Do an MMI interview with Western prior to graduation.

    Contact the LMU Health Professions Advisor at prehealth@lmu.edu if you are interested in this program and to request an application. The deadline to apply is June 1 each year.

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)

    Osteopathic Medicine, Dentistry & Pharmacy Early Acceptance Programs

    LECOM is a private, non-profit graduate school of medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy in Erie, Pennsylvania and a satellite branch in Bradenton, Florida. LMU has established linkage agreement with LECOM in their schools of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy for early acceptance.

    A maximum of 5 students will be accepted by LECOM per year, per program. Contact the LMU Health Professions Advisor at prehealth@lmu.edu if you are interested in this program.

    Linkage Expectations

    • LMU students must apply to the LECOM program before the end of sophomore year
    • Student must be a US citizen or resident
    • Must not have earned a four year undergraduate degree
    • In person interview at one of the LECOM campuses with faculty (regional interviews in CA might be available)
    • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.4 and science GPA of 3.2 until graduation at LMU
    • Students are exempt from the MCAT provided they attain a C or higher in Biochemistry and Genetics courses

    Additional Expectations for Osteopathic Medicine

    • SAT scores must be above the 50th percentile
    • Complete AACOMAS
    • Complete LECOM Supplemental Application

    Additional Expectations for Dental

    • DAT 20 or higher for the academic average, reading comprehension, and perpetual ability sections
    • 100 hours in a clinical dental setting (highly recommended)
    • Complete AADSAS
    • Complete LECOM Supplemental Application

    Additional Expectations for Pharmacy

    • PCAT (optional but recommended), if PCAT not taken, then a writing assessment will be administered
    • Complete PharmCAS
    • Complete LECOM Supplemental Application

    Visit the LECOM website to apply.

  • Creighton University & Regis University

    Doctor of Pharmacy Programs

    The Creighton University and Regis University Doctor of Pharmacy programs have created a streamlined pathway to admission for students who attend Jesuit colleges and universities. They value the Jesuit principle of cura personalis and design their pharmacy programs to build upon this foundation and apply it to the health care setting. This admissions pipeline ensures a quality Jesuit education by offering students a smooth transition of coursework and ease in meeting each program's admission requirements. Contact the LMU Health Professions Advisor at prehealth@lmu.edu if you are interested in this program.

    Interested applicants from LMU receive

    • Guaranteed admission interview
    • Travel stipend to attend the admission interview up to $300, not to exceed the cost of travel
    • Housing with a student ambassador the evening prior to interview day at either institution (pending available resources)
    • PCAT waiver
    • Seats reserved in each class for Jesuit school applicants

    Applicant Eligibility Criteria

    • Must be an LMU student
    • 3.25 cumulative GPA (as calculated by PharmCAS)
    • 3.0 science/math GPA
  • American University of Antigua

    American University of Antigua College of Medicine – MD Program

    Located on the Caribbean island of Antigua

    Linkage Program

    American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine is an innovative medical school dedicated to providing a learner-centric education of the highest quality, granting opportunities to underrepresented minorities, fostering a diverse academic community, and ensuring that its graduates develop the skills and attitudes of lifelong learning, compassion, and professionalism. They also provide students who would otherwise be unable to receive a medical education with the tools to become successful physicians.

    Pre-medical students at LMU who wish to matriculate as candidates for the doctor of medicine degree at AUA through the linkage program must do the following:

    Turn in application documents by the end of the second semester of sophomore year to the LMU Health Professions Advisor. Upon the recommendation of the LMU Health Professions Advisory Committee, students will interview with a representative from AUA.

    Once enrolled in the linkage, students must:

    1. Complete their undergraduate coursework at LMU with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and a science GPA of at least 3.0
    2. Obtain a minimum score of 495 on the MCAT
    3. Complete a minimum of 30 hours of physician shadowing

    Contact the Health Professions Advisor at prehealth@lmu.edu if you are interested in this program. Students need to apply by May 1 of their sophomore year.