John Sealy SOM Office of Admissions & Recruitment

Admission Requirements


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.


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


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.


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.

Biochemistry* 3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours of biochemistry are required.

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 John Sealy 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.

*Biochemistry requirement becomes effective during the 2023-2024 admissions cycle. Thus, applicants must complete and pass their biochemistry course prior to July 2024 matriculation.

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

JSSOM Supplemental Application

Candidates will receive an email invitation from UTMB with instructions on how to complete the supplemental application once the TMDSAS application has been processed. No applicant will be invited for an interview without the submission of a completed supplemental application.

Deadline to submit the supplemental application is November 11, 2022.

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

All applicants applying to the John Sealy School of Medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston are required to complete both the CASPer and Duet assessments via the Altus Suite. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. Applicants must only complete Casper and Duet from the Altus Suite to complete their application to the School of Medicine.

CASPer assesses non-cognitive and interpersonal skills as well as situational judgment. We believe these characteristics are essential for success in our program and complement the other tools we use for applicant screening. Duet is a pilot for UTMB and will not be used during the screening process. It assesses student-program value alignment. The implementation of CASPer and Duet further enhances fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

In order to take CASPer and Duet, 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 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. October 14, 2021 will be the last test accepted for the 2022 entry year. 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

Letters of Evaluation

Medical applicants are required to submit:

  • One Health Professions Committee Packet OR
  • Three individual letters of evaluation

Letter Requirements

All letters of evaluation must include the following criteria in order to be accepted. Any letters that do not meet these standards will be rejected.

  • Be written on official letterhead (personal or professional letterhead is accepted)
  • Include the evaluator's contact information (specifically a phone number and/or email address)
  • Include the evaluator's signature
  • Include the applicant's name
  • Letter must be dated. The Admissions committees will take the date of the letter into consideration during review.
  • Written in English

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: UTMB IHOP Background Check Policy (PDF) | UTMB Policies and Procedures website.

Individual institutions have been given the responsibility for mandating this clearance for students. The UTMB John Sealy 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, John Sealy 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.

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