Leadership in Medicine Program

The Leadership in Medicine-Health Management Program offers combined bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees for students who anticipate assuming a leadership role in 21st-Century medicine. Below is a short description of the application process, but for complete details on the program, requirements and academic components, visit and review the Leadership in Medicine website.


The eight-year Leadership in Medicine-Health Management Program is jointly sponsored by Union College, Union Graduate College and Albany Medical College. Acceptance into the program requires high school applicants to apply to Union College using the Common Application. Qualified applicants complete the medical school application after they have been reviewed at Union. The Admissions Committee at Albany Medical College invites selected candidates for interviews. Interviews take place in January, February and March and also include visits and tours (required) at both Union and Albany Medical College.

The application process begins in the fall of the senior year and ends in the spring when admission decisions are sent. Applicants who have been forward to Albany Medical College will also receive a favorable admissions decision and financial aid package for Union’s four-year undergraduate program. Applications which have not been forwarded to Albany Medical College will be returned and reviewed in the regular decision applicant pool.

Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship or be a U.S. permanent resident. Residents of foreign countries will not be considered for this program.

You must submit the Common Application to Union by Nov. 15. Indicate your interest in Leadership in Medicine-Health Management Program by checking the appropriate box.

What We Look For

The most important credential for admission is academic excellence, as evidenced by:

  • Excellent grades in the most challenging courses available in high school.
  • High school classes in biology and chemistry. Physics is preferred but not required.
  • Rank near the top of the class (if the school uses class rank).
  • Ideally, SAT scores above 2010 (2400 scale), and SAT II scores above 650. November (of senior year in high school) is the last month to complete required standardized tests.
  • ACT scores at or above 30. If submitting the ACT the writing test is required.
  • Clinical or volunteer service in medicine (the more you have learned about medicine, the better).
  • Interest in and knowledge of Healthcare Management.

Union College Writing Question

Please note: the writing question will be visible after you select an answer to the "Student Status" question on the Union College member screen.

  • The Leadership in Medicine Program asks you to major in a science and have a second major outside of sciences. What will you choose as your second field and why? (Limit 150 words)

Admission Statistics

In fall 2015, there were 391 applicants for the Leadership in Medicine Program.

  • 281 were forwarded to Albany Medical College
  • 87 were interviewed
  • 39 were offered admission
  • 17 enrolled at Union