Admissions

Admission to the GSBS is granted by the dean, upon the recommendation of the admissions committee. Applicants considered for admission must be in good standing with the last school attended.

There are three main criteria used to evaluate all applicants for admission:

  1. Academic records: All academic records may be considered.
  2. Test scores: Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores depending on the program.
  1. Individual profile: Profiles may include recommendations and/or information on the student's research background, motivation, multilingual proficiency, undergraduate institution(s), presentations, portfolios, and the admission interview. Admission committees may also consider work experience, demonstrated commitment to a particular field or study, and community involvement.

All applicants should allow ample time for required support documents to be received and added to the application file. Only students who have submitted completed application packages will be considered for admission. A completed application package consists of the following:

  1. Online application to the TTUHSC El Paso GSBS
    1. All sections of the online application must be completed and submitted prior to the application closing date.
    2. Any admissions offer made under falsified application information is void.
    3. All applications are reviewed by the admissions committee. Offers are made in accordance with the committee's recommendation and final approval by the dean.
    4. Any exceptions to these guidelines are made on a case-by-case basis with support of the admissions committee, and approval by the dean.
  2. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    1. To be considered for admission into the master's program, applicants need to submit a GRE score report that is no more than five years old. Official MCAT scores may be used in lieu of GRE scores upon approval by the dean, students must contact the GSBS main office for further information.
    2. All test scores must be sent directly by the Educational Testing Service to the GSBS main office. Photocopies or scanned copies of GRE scores will not be accepted.
    3. The GRE Designated Institution (DI) Code for the GSBS is 7452.
    4. Information about the GRE may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6000, or gre.org.
    5. This requirement applies to all degree program applicants, regardless of educational background. In accordance with Texas Education Code §51.842, (b) "An applicant's performance on a standardized test may not be used in the admissions or competitive scholarship process for a graduate or professional program as the sole criterion for consideration of the applicant or as the primary criterion to end consideration of the applicant."
  1. Official Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores
    1. To be considered for admission into the post-baccalaureate certificate program, applicants must submit an MCAT score report that is no more than five years old.
    2. All test scores must be sent directly to the GSBS main office. Photocopies or scanned copies of MCAT scores will not be accepted.
    3. Information about the MCAT may be obtained at aamc.org.
    4. This requirement applies to all degree program applicants, regardless of educational background. In accordance with Texas Education Code §51.842, (b) An applicant's performance on a standardized test may not be used in the admissions or competitive scholarship process for a graduate or professional program as the sole criterion for consideration of the applicant or as the primary criterion to end consideration of the applicant."
  1. Official transcripts
    1. S. applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a foreign institution, which typically requires at least 120 U.S.-equivalent credit hours. U.S. applicants must submit an official transcript from each college or university attended. All degrees earned must appear on official transcripts.
    2. Applicants who attended an institution outside the U.S. must provide a course-by-course evaluation of all coursework taken at any degree-granting institution(s) recognized by the country's government/governmental ministry. Any applicant who, because of current enrollment, cannot provide a final course-by-course transcript evaluation at the time of application must submit transcript evaluations of all completed coursework. Consideration for admission may be granted on the condition that a final course-by-course transcript evaluation is provided prior to enrollment. If the transcript evaluation states that an applicant has less than 120 U.S.-equivalent credit hours and lacks the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree, then the applicant has the option to seek an alternative evaluation from another GSBS-approved evaluation company and the GSBS will accept the evaluation that supports admission.
    3. Applicants must submit at least six semesters of coursework. Applicants must be in good standing with all schools attended, and be able to provide either official transcripts from any U.S. university attended, or course-by-course transcript evaluations and diploma information. Applicants are advised not to send international transcripts or mark sheets to the GSBS.
  2. Letters of recommendation
    1. A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required.
    2. All letters of recommendation must be submitted either through the online application system or emailed to GSBSEP@ttuhsc.edu. Emailed letters should be sent directly from the recommender's institutional or work email address.
    3. Letters of recommendation or forms submitted by the applicant will not be accepted unless the original hard copy is submitted in a sealed envelope.
  3. Essay: All applicants must submit a written essay through the online application system.

  4. Application fee: A one-time, non-refundable application fee of $45 is required per application.
    1. Applicants that participated in the TTUHSC El Paso SABR program and wish to apply to one of our academic programs may be eligible for an application fee waiver at the dean's discretion.
    2. Applicants that participated in the TTUHSC El Paso Post-baccalaureate Certificate Program and wish to apply to the TTUHSC M.S. in Biomedical Sciences may be eligible for an application fee waiver at the dean's discretion.