Office of Enrichment ProgramsEarly Medical School Acceptance Program (EMSAP)

EMSAP Mission

The Early Medical School Acceptance Program (EMSAP) is designed to provide a rigorous undergraduate educational experience to ensure that students who are economically and/or educationally disadvantaged receive the academic exposure and preparation required to successfully pursue a medical education. Upon acceptance to EMSAP, students will receive conditional acceptance to The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) School of Medicine, if they complete all EMSAP requirements and graduate from Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), Texas Southern University (TSU), Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), or The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). EMSAP has a productive record in recruiting talented students to attend medical school at UTMB.

EMSAP Application Instructions and Forms

Current College Student Application Instructions (PDF)
Current College Student Application (PDF)
High School and College Freshmen Application Instructions (PDF)
High School and College Freshmen Application (PDF)


Scoring a 498 (or higher) on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and maintaining a 3.25 OVERALL and BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math) GPAs at your undergraduate partnership institution.

EMSAP Participants will receive a conditional acceptance into UTMB.

High School Application Requirements

  • High school senior who has been accepted to PVAMU, TSU, TAMIU, UTEP, or UTRGV
  • Texas Resident with U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status
  • Must be economically and educationally disadvantaged**
  • High School GPA of 3.25 and above
  • Minimum SAT score of 1500 (3 part) or ACT score of 21
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • FAFSA Electronic Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Essay outlining motivation for a career as a physician
  • Additional evidence of exceptional achievement
**Educationally disadvantaged students are 1st generation college students (parents did not receive a Bachelor's Degree)

Students With Dual Hours

Although students are permitted to earn dual credit hours, students may not matriculate at the UTMB-SOM until at least three years have elapsed from their initial admission to EMSAP.

Program Components

  • Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree within 4 years at one of the 6 affiliate schools listed above
  • Academic enrichment courses and seminars to strengthen preparation for medical school
  • Academic advising and mentoring from undergraduate advisors and faculty, staff and administrators at UTMB
  • Exposure to the clinical practice of medicine with UTMB clinicians
  • MCAT preparation course
  • Workshops for medical school admissions, personal statement, and interviewing skills
  • Community Service Opportunities

How to Apply

Applications can be downloaded here.

  • Applications must be postmarked by January 27, 2017.
  • Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation must be postmarked by February 10, 2017.
  • Application packets should be mailed to the EMSAP Advisor at your perspective undergraduate institution.

For more information please contact:

Lisa Cain, PhD
Director, Medical School Enrichment Programs
301 University Blvd
Galveston, TX 77555-1308
(409) 772-1212
Email: ldcain@utmb.edu

Trea Smith, BA
EMSAP Coordinator
301 University Blvd
Galveston, TX 77555-1308
(409) 772-5488
Email: tresmith@utmb.edu