SOM Office of Admissions

Admission Requirements

  English

6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours. Writing intensive courses taught in departments other than the English department are not acceptable.

 Biological Sciences 14 semester hours (12 semester hours of lecture and 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 21 quarter hours (18 quarter lecture hours and 3 quarter lab hours) as required for college science majors.

  Mathematics

3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of college Calculus or Statistics.

  Physics

8 semester hours (6 semester hours of lecture and 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 12 quarter hours (9 quarter hours of lecture and 3 quarter hours of formal lab) as required for college science majors.

  Chemistry

General Chemistry - 8 semester hours (6 semester hours of lecture and 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 12 quarter hours (9 quarter hours of lecture and 3 quarter hours of formal lab) as required for college science majors.

Organic Chemistry - 8 semester hours (6 semester hours of lecture and 2 semester hours of formal lab) or 12 quarter hours (9 quarter hours of lecture and 3 quarter hours of formal lab) as required for college science majors.

Applicants must complete at least 90 semester hours. Preference is given to those applicants who complete a baccalaureate degree. Although a minimum grade of C is required in each course, the average GPA is approximately 3.80. Coursework is acceptable only if completed at regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities. The MCAT is required of all applicants. UTMB will not accept a score older than 5 years. It is advisable that you take the MCAT during the Spring in order to increase your chances of receiving an interview. It is the goal of the UTMB School of Medicine to accept only those students who are guaranteed to complete the full four years of the curriculum based on citizenship or permanent resident status. Therefore, only applicants who are permanent US residents or American citizens will be considered for interview and admission.

In addition to the basic core requirements for medical school, the following courses are highly recommended prior to entering medical school:

  • Biochemistry/Advanced Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Statistics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Microbiology

UTMB Secondary Application Information

Candidates will receive an email invitation from UTMB with instructions on how to complete the secondary application once the TMDSAS application has been processed. No applicant will be invited for an interview without the submission of a completed secondary application. Deadline to submit the secondary application is November 15, 2020. Fee: $70


The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics

All applicants applying to the School of Medicine, at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.

CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. You will require the following for both account creation and taking the test:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Valid email address
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection

Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the School of Medicine test (CSP-10111 – U.S. Medicine) under your specific country (USA), and reserve a test using your TMDSAS ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test, and you must select School of Medicine for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on takecasper.com.

To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. If you require testing accommodations for CASPer, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding CASPer accommodations can be found here.

Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.

The CASPer test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment, but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test.

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.


Security Clearance

On January 1, 2004, a new Joint Commission of Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) standard became effective requiring criminal background checks for security purposes on all employees, staff, and volunteers who supervise care, render treatment, and provide services. The site governing this policy can be found at: https://www.utmb.edu/policy/ihop/search/03-03-02.pdf

Individual institutions have been given the responsibility for mandating this clearance for students. The UTMB School of Medicine policy states that students who are assigned to clinical facilities that require criminal background checks for security purposes must comply with and receive clearance from affiliated institutions in order to participate in clinically related activities. Therefore, in keeping with this policy, all students will be required to undergo a background check for security clearance in order to matriculate into UTMB.


Diversity and Inclusion Policy

The University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Medicine is committed to recruiting and admitting a diverse class of highly qualified students. This includes applicants of all ethnicities, races, cultures, ages, gender, sexual identities, religions and life experiences represented in the population of the State of Texas.

Essential Functions for students with Disabilities

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and federal state, and local requirements regarding students with disabilities. Under these laws, no otherwise qualified and competitive individual with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in services, programs, and activities of UTMB solely on the basis of disability.

UTMB is committed to providing equal opportunity for students with disabilities. If you have documented disability or would like to obtain information regarding services for students with disabilities at UTMB, please contact the Institutional ADA Officer.

For more information, please visit https://www.utmb.edu/studentservices/services/students-with-disabilities