Prospective Students Admissions Procedure

Each applicant for admission to the GSBS must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit a properly completed Application for Admission. Applicants must apply using the online application by visiting the Office of Enrollment Services home page Prospective Students link.
  2. Submit the appropriate application fee.

  3. You must submit official transcripts to the Office of Enrollment Services for the final processing of your application data. (International applicants - please see #6 below for correct procedure.) Please note that it is mandatory that official transcripts be sent electronically via SPEEDE or other electronic means if your school has this capability. Click here for a listing of these participating schools.

  4. In order to expedite the screening of your application, please upload unofficial transcripts and other supporting documents (excluding letters of reference which must be submitted via the online form). If you do not upload these items, the screening of your application for admission decision purposes may be delayed.

  5. Request that an official copy of scores earned on the GRE and, if applicable, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) be submitted to Enrollment Services. Any scores that arrives from any source other than directly from ETS to Enrollment Services are UNOFFICIAL, with no exceptions.

    Candidates for admission to the Graduate School must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or proof of equivalent degree and training from an acceptable foreign institution of higher education. An applicant who holds a graduate degree or first professional degree (e.g., MD, DDS, JD) from a regionally and programmatically accredited college or university in the United States or proof of equivalent degree and training from an acceptable foreign institution of higher education may be considered on an individual basis even though he or she does not hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent as defined above.

    Final recommendation by the graduate program faculty will be based on competitive evaluation of the qualifications of the applicant plus consideration of the availability of space and resources. Each graduate program has specific requirements, but common factors considered by the admissions committee include the following:

    1. undergraduate overall and upper division grade point average and, if applicable, graduate grade point average and the appropriateness of the curriculum as preparation for graduate study. (There is no minimum required GPA, but a cumulative undergraduate GPA above 3.0 on a 4 point scale is preferred.);
    2. scores on the Graduate Records Examination. For programs applying through SOPHAS (e.g., Public Health programs), use code of 7012. For all other GSBS programs and applying directly to UTMB, use University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston code of 6887;
    3. a minimum score on the TOEFL of 550 (paper), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (internet-based) or a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS for applicants whose native language is not English;
    4. research or other relevant experience;
    5. letters of reference;
    6. background for and commitment to a career of scholarly endeavor in the field of study;
    7. availability of opportunity for training in the desired field of scholarship;
    8. unique educational, career, or life experiences;
    9. personal statement;
    10. socioeconomic background;
    11. ability to communicate in English; and
    12. race and ethnicity.

  6. International Applicant Information:

    Effective with the Fall 2012 entry term, applicants from international institutions must use one of the credentialing services approved by UTMB to provide a verification and a course by course evaluation of transcripts in order to be able to be considered for admission to programs at UTMB. Applicants are no longer required to send official transcripts from the issuing institution to UTMB since we are now utilizing these services.

The following are the Credentialing Services approved by UTMB:

Foreign Credentials Services of America

1910 Justin Lane
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 459-8428

Spantran Services

7211 Regency Square Blvd., Suite 205
Houston, TX 77036-3197
(713) 266–8805

World Education Services, Inc.

PO Box 745, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
1 (800) 937–3895 ext. 316