Department of Molecular Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions


If I miss the deadline for admissions, will my application still be considered?

Yes. Applications received after the requested deadline (February 1st) will still receive full consideration, provided that all of the positions have not yet been filled.

Do I need a Master's degree to apply to the Ph.D. program?

No. You must have successfully completed a Bachelor's degree program (or the equivalent) by the Fall of the year you are wishing to enter the graduate program in order to apply for that semester.

If I am accepted into the Ph.D. program, will I need to complete a Master's degree first?

No. Students accepted into the Ph.D. program proceed directly to earning their Ph.D. degree, bypassing the M.S. degree.

What are the requirements for admission?

Applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of B (3.0 in a 4.0 system) and must have credit for the following courses:

*Biology: Two years as required for science majors;
*Chemistry: One year of general inorganic and a course in organic chemistry. Analytical and physical chemistry are strongly recommended;
*Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or Genetics: One year;
Mathematics: A minimum of one semester of calculus is recommended.
(*courses should include laboratory experience)

In addition, satisfactory scores on the GRE (Aptititude) test and TOEFL, if applicable, are required.

Do students accepted into the graduate program receive financial assistance?

All students accepted in to the graduate program in Molecular Medicine, as long as they remain in good standing, receive a stipend. Effective in the Fall 2011 semester, all Molecular Medicine students will be appointed as graduate research assistants. Molecular Medicine students will receive a stipend of $26,000 for the 2011-2012 academic year. Resident tuition, fees and basic student health insurance will be paid on their behalf. This plan will also apply to current doctoral students in the Molecular Medicine graduate program.

How much teaching is required?

In the second year of study, students fulfill their teaching requirement by serving as Teaching Assistants in the Advanced Molecular and Cell Biology, Graduate Colloquium, and Molecular Medicine courses for the incoming first year students. Although experience in teaching is beneficial to the student, the emphasis of the program is on research training.

How many hours are graduate students required to take each semester?

Fall Semester: 9 hours
Spring Semester: 9 hours
Summer Semester: 6 hours

When do graduate students choose a permanent laboratory to begin their doctoral research?

At the end of the first year, following three laboratory rotations and successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination, each student selects a faculty advisor and begins doctoral research.

Do I need to pay an application fee when I submit the application for admission?

In October 2007, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences implemented a new on-line application for applicants applying to the Graduate School. At this time, there is NO application fee for applicants applying to the Graduate Program in Molecular Medicine.

If applicable, what is the required minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

A minimum score of 560 is required on the paper test. A minimum score of 220 is required on the computer-based test. A minimum score of 68 is required on the Internet-based test.

What code do I use to have the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores sent by the Educational Testing Service (ETS)?

The Institutional code number is 6908.

What code do I use to have the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores sent by the Educational Testing Service (ETS)?

The Institutional code number is 6908.

What are the required documents which must accompany the application for admission?

Personal statement, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score (an unofficial copy may be submitted with the application provided official scores are sent by ETS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if applicable (an unofficial copy may be submitted with the application provided official scores are sent by ETS), official transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.

Can I submit an incomplete transcript with the application for admission?

Yes. The complete official transcript showing the most recently completed courses should be submitted as soon as it becomes available. The final transcript must be on file before a student registers for the first semester.

What is the address to mail the supporting documents? (Note: the application must be completed electronically: On-line application

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Registrar's Office-Graduate Admissions
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
MSC 7702
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900