External Applicants - Non UTMB students, all PhD applicants to the PHS or RS.

Prospective Students Admissions Procedure

External Applicant

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

  1. Submit a SOPHAS application by visiting the following link: http://sophas.org/ . Use GRE Code 7012. Please note your application cannot be reviewed without GRE scores (less than 5 years old) and transcripts. Your GRE scores and transcripts must be included in your SOPHAS application for review purposes.


  2. Submit a properly completed UTMB Supplemental Application for Admission. Applicants must apply using the UTMB online application by visiting the Enrollment Services online applicationpage. Please use GRE code 6887. Because you submitted your GRE through SOPHAS you should not need to include it on the UTMB application.


  3. Submit the appropriate application fees.

IMPORTANT: Please note that your application will not be reviewed unless we have received your SOPHAS and UTMB applications.

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) to SOPHAS. If you do not upload these items, the screening of your application for admission decision purposes may be delayed

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., M.D., D.D.S., J.D.) 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:

  • scores on the Graduate Records Examination;
  • 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.);
  • 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;
  • research or other relevant experience;
  • 3 letters of reference;
  • background for and commitment to a career of scholarly endeavor in the field of study;
  • availability of opportunity for training in the desired field of scholarship;
  • unique educational, career, or life experiences;
  • personal statement;
  • socioeconomic background;
  • ability to communicate in English




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