Master of Medical Science Program

MMS Handbook

Application Information

Applicants must be enrolled in the UTMB medical school or have the M.D. or equivalent degree. Applicants for the MMS degree must complete the following steps (see below).

Your application will not be reviewed until all items have been received.

  1. Complete and submit an application form. Application forms and additional general information about the UTMB Graduate School are available directly from the Graduate School Office, or from the MMS Program:
    Office of the Dean Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    The University of Texas Medical Branch
    301 University Boulevard
    Galveston, Texas 77555-1050
    (409) 772-2665

  2. Provide a letter from the chairman of the student's clinical department. The letter should state that the department endorses the application and guarantees relief from routine patient-care duties for a one-year, full-time equivalent. If you are not practicing routine patient-care duties, please provide a letter stating that you are not practicing routine patient-care and that you are relieved of your current duties for a one-year, full-time equivalent.

  3. Provide the name of the student's supervisory professor and a letter of intention-to-sponsor from the proposed supervisor. Provide a brief (10 pages plus references) description of the proposed project. The description should be scholarly, as well as clear enough to be understood by clinical and basic science faculty on the MMS Steering Committee who have specialties other than that of the applicant.

  4. Provide official certified transcript from all colleges, graduate or professional schools attended. International Students or American students who have completed their education at foreign schools: If the transcripts are not in English, a certified English translation must be submitted in addition to official original transcripts. Because of delays in receiving transcripts from foreign schools, it is suggested to request these months prior to the anticipated date of enrollment.

Please have the schools mail transcripts directly to:

Office of the Registrar
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
1.212 Ashbel Smith Building
Galveston, Texas 77555-1305

Application Fees

Applications are not processed until the application fee is paid.

U.S. applicants $50
Foreign applicants $75
For more information on the application, and the application process, please visit the UTMB Enrollment Services web site.

Course Requirements

Three courses are required for the MMS degree: a research course (MMSC 6097), a thesis course (MMSC 6998), and an ethics course (MEHU 6101).

MMSC 6097: Formal research directed toward a Master of Medical Science degree program. Grading will be based upon the student's level of performance as reported by the student's supervisory professor and will be assigned as satisfactory or unsatisfactory (3-9 credits).

MMSC 6998: The prerequisite to this course is Admission to Candidacy for the master's degree. Admission to candidacy requires an oral presentation of the results of the initial phase of the thesis and satisfactory performance in an associated oral examination administered by the Program Steering Committee. Thereafter grading will be based upon the student's level of performance as reported by the supervisory professor of the student's supervisory committee and will be assigned as satisfactory or unsatisfactory (9 credits).

These courses are not designed in a classroom setting. The student will select a laboratory and a supervisory professor that will enable the student to conduct their proposed research. Both courses are offered in terms I (Fall), II (Spring) and III (Summer), annually.

It is mandatory for all students in this program to enroll in the Ethics of Scientific Research course (MEHU 6101). It is a three day classroom-based course that is offered once a year. This course is only offered in Term II (Spring), annually. You can not graduate until this course is completed.

Completion of degree requirements: The results of the research must be published in a recognized, peer-reviewed journal.

Anticipated Dates of Enrollment

Be sure to indicate the Semester/Session and Year for which you are applying:

Fall Semester (August - December)
Spring Semester (January - May)
Summer Semester (May - August)

You may go to the Enrollment Services website to obtain class beginning and ending dates.

If your native language is not English, you are required to take and score satisfactorily on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). A satisfactory score is considered to be a total of 550. TOEFL score requirements are one of the many criteria of a student's admission and the requirements could vary based upon previous education, grade-point average, and related factors.

If your native language is not English and you are proficient in the English language and have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS exam, you should obtain from your supervisory professor a letter requesting to waive the TOEFL or IELTS exam stating that you are proficient in the English language and that your communication skills are very effective both verbally and in writing. You should have your supervisory professor address the letter to:

Celia Chao, M.D.
Program Director, MMS Program
UTMB Route 2429

Contact Information

Celia Chao, M.D.
Program Director, MMS Program
Tel. (409) 772-0698
Fax (409) 772-1968
cechao@utmb.edu

or Donna J. Adams
Program Coordinator
Tel. (409) 772-1484
Fax (409) 772-1968
djadams@utmb.edu

Program Faculty

MMS Steering Committee (Pending Review)


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