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Application Process

The School of Graduate Studies Medical Science program administered through the College of Medicine is focused primarily on training Ph.D. students. Applications for the fall semester are requested by December 15, for full consideration for stipend support, but will be considered until May 31st. A four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited university is required.

Students applying to a graduate program should have a strong undergraduate background in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, mathematics, and/or molecular biology. Three strong letters of recommendation indicating academic excellence, personal maturity, and exceptional motivation as well as interest in the experimental sciences are an important part of the application. The GRE general test scores are required for masters and doctoral programs. We will also accept MCAT scores in lieu of GRE scores.

Applicants for the M.S. degree will not usually be considered for stipend support from the program, so M.S. applicants must have independent support or have an identified faculty sponsor who will provide the stipend. M.S. applicants must submit a letter from the sponsor as part of their application materials, and the letter should indicate that the sponsor will provide training and stipend support if applicable.

Admissions Checklist

  • Submit an Apply Texas application (Apply Texas Instructions)
  • Submit supplemental questions/secondary application *additional instructions below
  • Mail or email three letters of recommendation (LOR) and the Graduate Admission Recommendation Form  to the COM Graduate Office/ Attn. Amanda Watkins-Borths (LORs that are emailed must be sent by the person who wrote the letter not the applicant.)
  • Pay seventy-five dollar application fee (for international applicants only and all checks or money orders must have the applicants name, in English, on the check or money order or it will not be processed)
  • Mail transcripts to the COM Graduate Office from all previous academic institutions attended (summer school, community college, undergraduate, graduate)
  • GRE or MCAT test scores
  • TOEFL scores for international applicants (If your GRE verbal score is >150 (new GRE) or 450 (old GRE) you do not have to submit a TOEFL score) 
  • GRE and TOEFL institution code is 6151

 Supplemental Questions: Once you've submitted your Apply Texas application you should receive an email instructing you to register with our online admissions system BAMF. Once you've registered you will have access to the supplemental questions/secondary application.  It is important for you to submit your Apply Texas application as soon as possible so you are in our online system and you can start working on the supplemental questions. Your application will not be considered complete without the secondary.

Transcripts from all previous colleges or universities attended, letters of recommendation, and application fees should be sent to:

COM Office of Graduate Office
Attn: Amanda Watkins-Borths
Medical Research and Education Building, Suite 1001
8447 State Highway 47
Bryan, TX 77807-1359

Letters of recommendation can also be emailed to:

Amanda Watkins-Borths

 *Please note that if you are accepted into the program you will have to submit your bacterial meningitis shot record as required by law. The 82nd Texas Legislature approved Senate Bill 1107 which requires all new students under the age of 22 to submit evidence of the immunization against bacterial meningitis (please see PDF for more information) 


Contact the COM Graduate Office if...

  • you are interested in enrolling as a non-degree seeking student.
Last edited by: watkins-borths 04/09/2014

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