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Apply to the UT Tyler School of Medicine

Begin Your Future in East Texas’s First Medical School

When you apply to The University of Texas at Tyler’s School of Medicine, you are doing more than embarking on a professional path. You are taking part in a vision that seeks to improve the quality of life in East Texas through academic excellence, cutting-edge research and meaningful community engagement. Become a part of our mission.

Why Attend the UT Tyler School of Medicine?

UT Tyler founded the School of Medicine to address the shortage of physicians in East Texas, focusing on the region’s healthcare needs and to improve the overall quality of life for communities. As a student, you are integral to this goal. Not only do you receive rigorous training to become an exceptional physician or medical researcher, but you also have the opportunity to make a positive impact from the moment you set foot on campus. We are especially interested in candidates who want to specialize in family practice, primary care, rural family medicine or population health.

The UT Health East Texas helicopter during UT Tyler's Pre-Health Conference

Improve Quality of Life in East Texas

We are much more than a medical school — in supporting our regional medical partners, we provide patient care, promote community health, conduct biomedical and clinical research, and develop programs to help close some of the highest health disparity gaps in the country.

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With eight research centers in the School of Medicine alone, UT Tyler is a research-heavy institution funded by state and federal agencies, private partnerships and other organizations that turn to our expertise to devise and implement new solutions. Focus areas for biomedical and clinical research include tuberculosis, lung disease and occupational injuries and diseases.

UT Tyler School of Medicine students during a service project in the Tyler community

Community Engagement

Across East Texas, we support the health of communities and residents through preventative services, consultations, educational programming, community outreach and health promotion. This also includes recruiting candidates from the region to become practicing physicians in their communities.

A male School of Medicine student in scrubs wears a stethoscope during SMILE (simulation lab on north campus), a collaborative health professions event at UT Tyler

Clinical Experience

Candidates for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) or our 19 ACGME-approved residency and fellowship programs train in our state-of-the-art facilities. We couple hands-on, applied learning with personalized support, comprehensive education and outstanding research opportunities.

How to Apply

Your future as a physician starts with the application process. Please review all requirements before you begin, and don’t hesitate to reach out to the School of Medicine’s Office of Admissions by phone at 903-877-7566 or by email at SOMadmissions@uttyler.edu if you have any questions.

  1. Completed TMDSAS application
    • Application
      • Deadline: UT Tyler publishes information for the 2024 matriculation cycle when TMDSAS announces dates.
    • College transcript(s)
      • Minimum of 3.0 in the last 30 hours of BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math) courses.
      • TMDSAS requests official transcript(s) once UT offers admission.
    • MCAT
      • Minimum score of 492 using the confidence cut-off.
      • UT Tyler uses the best score from the past five years from the year of application submission.
      • UT Tyler does not consider test scores older than five years from the year of application submission.
    • Essays
    • Letters of recommendation
      • Minimum of three letters or one Health Professions Committee Letter/Packet with the option to submit one additional letter. Letters should come from individuals who know you academically or professionally (i.e., faculty member, advisor, mentor, supervisor, etc.).
      • UT Tyler does not accept personal letters.
  2. Supplemental applications (as requested)
    • Prerequisite Verification
    • Essay Questions
    • Deadline: UT Tyler publishes information for the 2024 matriculation cycle when TMDSAS announces dates.
  3. Completion of the Casper Situational Judgment Test through Acuity
    • Deadline: UT Tyler publishes information for the 2024 matriculation cycle when TMDSAS announces dates.
  4. Completion of a Duet profile through Acuity
    • Deadline: UT Tyler publishes information for the 2024 matriculation cycle when TMDSAS announces dates.


UT Tyler requires the following for admissions:

  • Biology: 11 semester hours are required, two of which must be labs.
  • Physics: eight semester hours are required, two of which must be labs.
  • Chemistry: 12 semester hours to include one of the following combinations:
    • Two semesters of organic chemistry and one semester of general inorganic chemistry (for a total of nine semester hours with three labs).
    • Two semesters of general inorganic chemistry and one semester of organic chemistry (for a total of nine semester hours with three labs).
  • Biochemistry: three semester hours of biochemistry.
  • English: three semester hours of composition-based English.
  • Math: three semester hours of statistics.

Please keep in mind the following regarding prerequisites for admissions:

  • Prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  • All prerequisites must be completed at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university.
  • UT Tyler accepts AP and online credit and/or coursework for prerequisites. We encourage students to take traditional classes.
    • UT Tyler only accepts AP credit if the school granting the credit lists the specific subject(s) and number of credit hours granted per course on an official transcript.
    • Online classes must be from an accredited institution.
  • Prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation.
  • UT Tyler accepts Pass/Fail grades for prerequisites taken during the Spring 2020 to Fall 2021 semesters.


UT Tyler’s admissions process requires an interview. We choose candidates to interview after reviewing their application, supplemental application, letters of recommendation and satisfaction of prerequisites. If selected, you’ll receive an interview invitation to select a time from an available date. UT Tyler conducts interviews in person whenever possible. Interview day involves two distinct interview types: multiple mini-interviews and a group exercise.

Important Deadlines

October 27: First round of Pre-Match admissions offers.

November 1: Deadline to complete primary application through TMDSAS.

November 14: Deadline for completing: CASPer and Duet from Acuity Insights, MCAT scores, Secondary Application and letters of recommendations.

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The admissions process for the master’s degree in biotechnology consists of an online application, official transcripts and other supplemental materials. The Office of Graduate Admissions oversees the application process for the MS in biotechnology.


  • Students must complete the graduate program application.
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended, including community colleges that led to their baccalaureate degree, to the program office.
  • Applicants must have completed and passed a course in Biochemistry.
  • While an overall grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is the minimum requirement, it is recommended that applicants maintain a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a 3.0 in their field of study.
    • If an applicant does not meet the minimum GPA requirements, it is possible to be admitted on a probationary status. You should contact the program advisor to see if GRE scores and/or a combination of other factors might meet the requirements for admission.
  • General revised GRE scores should be a minimum of 295 (combined verbal and quantitative), with no less than 150 on the verbal section and no less than 145 on the quantitative section. Sign up to take the GRE or request an official copy.

Complete and submit the graduate program application at least 30 days prior to entering the program. UT Tyler accepts credit or recognizes degrees from accredited institutions. The following documents should accompany your application:

  • Statement of purpose.
  • GRE test scores.
  • Letters of recommendation (3).
  • CV/résumé.
  • Official transcript(s).

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Transfer of Credit

Under certain circumstances, a graduate student may transfer between six to 12 semester hours of graduate work from accredited institutions.

A student pursuing a master’s degree with a thesis may transfer a maximum of six semester hours; a student pursuing a master’s degree without a thesis may transfer a maximum of 12 semester hours. To transfer credit from other institutions, however, the student must submit an official transcript to be considered and have the approval of the appropriate academic department and academic dean.

The work must have been taken not earlier than six years prior to the student’s first graduate enrollment at the UT Tyler School of Medicine. Moreover, if the student fails to complete work on the graduate degree at the UT Tyler School of Medicine before the expiration of the six years, UT Tyler does not apply the applicable transfer credits toward a degree here. Any course accepted by transfer carries credit but not grade-point value. To transfer credit, the student must have earned a grade of “B” or higher for the class.

Learn more about transferring credit to UT Tyler

Admission Policies

An applicant for admission to graduate study must either (1) be in the final year of undergraduate work or (2) hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. An applicant admitted to a graduate program at the UT Tyler School of Medicine must enroll within three semesters of admission. Thereafter, the applicant must reapply.

UT Tyler conducts the admission process in accordance with the requirements of the Admission and Scholarship Policies for Graduate and Professional Programs, which was adopted by the 77th Session of the Texas Legislature and amends Chapter 51 of the Texas Education Code.

For more information, contact ogs@uttyler.edu.

Our advanced certificate programs are designed for the individual looking to strengthen their academic preparation in scientific foundations. These programs are not part of a degree; however, coursework may be counted toward a degree with the approval of the college in which they are housed. Certificate programs are narrower in their focus than degrees and provide preparation in a specific field. The certificate is not the equivalent of a license or certification required for practice in the professions or to teach.

We currently offer a Certificate in Biomedical Sciences (Fall Semester) and a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (Spring Semester).

Program benefits:

  • Complete the program through in-person or online classes at UT Tyler.
  • No GRE is required.
  • A minimum of nine credit hours is required to earn a certificate.

Requirements for the Certificate in Biomedical Sciences

Requirements for the Certificate in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences

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Learn more about what it takes to be a future health professional through an interactive and immersive summer experience. Our application-based summer programs are for high school and college students and have limited availability.

SUPERNet Summer Medical Scholars Academy

The SUPERNet Summer Medical Scholars Academy offers high school students the opportunity to participate in a five-day summer camp devoted to educating participants about the various career opportunities in healthcare and public service. During campus visits, students are encouraged to consider the wide array of options that exist in medical and health-related careers while learning what they need to do to start preparing for a bright future.

You are eligible to apply if you are:

  • A high school student (grades 9-11).
  • 16 years old by the first day of camp.
  • Able to attend all five days of camp and have a sincere desire to learn about health careers.

Complete the online application at http://sprnet.org/uthsct-medical-scholars-academy/.

Summer Research and Clinical Externship

Entering college freshman (at least 18 years of age), sophomores and juniors are given the opportunity to spend two weeks during the summer at the UT Tyler School of Medicine learning about biomedical research, clinical and healthcare professions.

The primary goal of this program is to provide a stimulating firsthand experience in scientific research, as well as provide insights into the different specialties of medicine by shadowing doctors, nurses and medical professionals. In this program, participants can interact with top-notch scientists, meet with expert physicians, and work alongside other research, clinical and healthcare professionals. This comprehensive program gives students the opportunity to closely observe professionals involved in the bench-to-bedside aspects of medicine. The program integrates classroom knowledge in biology, chemistry and physics with their practical implications.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Are a high school senior or college student (freshmen, sophomore or junior).
  • Are in good academic standing.
  • Have a sincere desire to learn about medical science careers.

Complete the online application. Space is limited to 10 per cohort!

Tuition charges at Texas state universities are established by state law. The Texas 78th Texas Legislature (2003) allowed the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System to set designated tuition rates. The Texas Legislature does not set the specific amount for any particular student fee. Student fees assessed are authorized by state statute; however, the specific fee amounts and the determination to increase fees are made by the university administration and The University of Texas System Board of Regents. Other expenses at The University of Texas at Tyler are fixed within statutory limitations by the Board of Regents. The cost to attend UT Tyler varies with the individual student. The university reserves the right to change tuition and fees in keeping with acts of the Texas Legislature and/or policies of the Board of Regents.

You can apply for federal financial aid and internal scholarships to help cover the cost of your education. We are also happy to announce that the R.W. Fair Foundation pledged $4 million to cover the full tuition and fees for the first and second cohorts of medical school students.

2023 – 2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)

How to submit:

Submit your FAFSA® online at https://studentaid.gov/.

Enter the UT Tyler School Code: 01116300

The Office of Financial Aid can confirm receipt of your FAFSA® within 72 hours.

Internal Scholarships

How to apply:

A FAFSA® must be on file for a student to become eligible for internal scholarships. Follow these instructions to submit your general scholarship application. (NOTE: You must have a Patriot email account to access this portal.) Awards will be determined by the Scholarship Committee and listed on your Award Letter.


School of Medicine
Chastity Hawkins, MEd, MBA

Associate Director of Financial Planning & Registrar Services



Office of Financial Aid
Nathan Flory
Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships

All Tuition and Financial Aid Information

Next Steps

Be part of an innovative, mission-driven medical school that values excellence, service and community. Feel free to reach out and learn more about our programs.