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General Information

Our program provides students with formal coursework and experimental research. Students are expected to demonstrate professional-level knowledge and research skills in their chosen area.

The first-year curriculum is meant to provide a broad-based foundation for students through coursework and lab rotations.

In subsequent years, students must complete their formal coursework, pass a preliminary examination, conduct an independent research project, and prepare a dissertation. It is expected that research worthy of a PhD will constitute a significant contribution to the field in general and should be publishable in a peer-reviewed journal.

More details are available in the Curriculum section and the Graduate Student Handbook.

PhD Funding

Every student in the Medical Sciences Graduate Program is provided with a fellowship that includes stipend support at $30,000/ year, plus paid tuition, fees, and health insurance.

Recruiting Symposium

Applicants living in the United States, who have completed their application by December 1, might be considered for an invitation to attend a graduate recruiting symposium. This is a unique opportunity to meet faculty and students in the program, tour our modern research facilities, and discover first-hand the wide range of research opportunities available. The program provides meals, lodging and round-trip airfare for your visit to College Station.

Admissions

Our graduate admissions process supports a holistic review of each applicant based on undergraduate record (coursework, research experience, and grades), letters of recommendation, resume and research statement. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency, according to the guidelines of the Office of Admissions.To be eligible for an invitation to our annual recruiting weekend held in February, applications must be submitted by December 1st. Early application is recommended.

Application Fee

A processing fee of $90 for domestic students is waived if the application is submitted by December 1st. For international students, a $114 processing fee is applied. Processing fees are non-refundable.

Living in Houston or Bryan/College Station

Our students have the opportunity to choose the location of their research training between two branches, Texas A&M Health Science Center main campus in Bryan-College Station or our Houston campus. Learn more about the Houston campus.

Aggieland is considered one of the nation's friendliest places to live, has been ranked No. 3 on Kiplinger magazine's list of 10 Great Places to live, and is considered by Forbes to be one of top five college towns in the nation. Aggieland is part of the “Texas Triangle” with less than a hundred miles away from Austin and Houston and within a 180-mile radius of over 80% of the Texas population. In addition, the cost of living in Aggieland is one of the lowest across the nation. For example, a stipend of $30,000 in Bryan-College Station is equivalent to a $35,338 stipend in Miami (Fl), $47,827 stipend in Los Angeles (CA) and $51,799 stipend in New York (NY).

How to Apply

Texas A&M University Graduate CAS

Prospective Medical Sciences students apply through the Texas A&M Graduate CAS. Please, make sure to fill out the application for Texas A&M University - Medical Science Program (PhD) Application-Bryan/College Station campus. Avoid confusion with the program in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University.

Research Statement (Essay) and Resume

Students applying to the graduate program in Medical Science should have a statement that highlights a strong background and/or experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) research fields, such as biology, physiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, or chemistry.

Letters of Recommendation

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.

Transcripts

Transcripts documenting a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited university are required.

Test Scores

The GRE scores (general or subject) are not required to apply to our program. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency, according to the guidelines of the Office of Admissions. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the most common test taken by applicants to our program. Other options and exemptions are found at the Office of Admissions.

Domestic and International Applicants

Domestic applicants are those individuals who are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and Canadian citizens. International applicants are those individuals who are not U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or Canadian citizens. Domestic and International applicants currently living in U.S. are eligible to attend the recruiting symposium held in January-February, if the application is submitted before December 1.

Application Deadlines

  • Application opens: August 1
  • December 1. Extenuating circumstances may be considered for an extension until January 15. Please, email Dr. Carol Vargas (carolvargasb@tamu.edu) to make this type of request.

Contact Us

For application questions, check the Frequently Asked Questions or email com-graduatestudies@tamu.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the Graduate Admissions Committee still wants you to supply all materials through the Admissions Portal, Texas A&M Graduate CAS: here. Your application fee can be waived if you email Dr. Carol Vargas (carolvargasb@tamu.edu). Once the Graduate Admission Committee has extended an offer letter, you can fill out a Letter of Intent through OGAPS to avoid a break in enrollment

Domestic students and international students living in U.S. are highly encouraged to apply by December 1st so that selected candidates can attend the Recruiting Symposium held in February. All applications that are submitted by Jan. 15 will be reviewed. After Jan. 15, we cannot guarantee your application will be reviewed.

We do not make assessments based on material we receive via email, nor can we communicate a program decision via e-mail. The Graduate Admissions Committee reviews only completed applications submitted by deadlines.

Applications for admission are evaluated on the basis of the applicant's undergraduate or graduate record (coursework, laboratory experience and grades), letters of recommendation. Each application is reviewed on an individual basis.

Neither the GRE general test nor the GRE subject test are required to apply to our program.

Yes. Applicants whose native language is not English should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language, unless they completed all four years of a baccalaureate degree in the United States or obtained a minimal verbal GRE score of 400.

Yes. Your eligibility depends on several things. Applications are evaluated on the basis of the undergraduate or graduate record (coursework, laboratory experience and grades), plus letters of recommendation. A Grade Point Average of 3.4 or higher is preferred. However, extensive laboratory experience, and/or strong letters of recommendation can offset a low GPA.

Yes, we need an official transcript from each of the senior-level post-secondary institutions attended. An official statement of the award of the degree or diploma is required for each degree completed. The registrar, controller of examinations or president of the university issuing the document must sign transcripts from a university outside the United States. Official records are to be in the language of instruction, accompanied by official translation in English, if necessary. Translations sent directly from the institution attended or from a recognized translator are considered official. Photocopies or other duplications of a transcript, such as notarized copies and faxes are not considered official.

No. There are no age restrictions.

No. The program does not require a one-year residency in College Station. Out-of-state tuition fees are waived for all students receiving graduate stipends.

No. However, for international applicants, priority is given to applicants that hold a master's degree or equivalent research experience that is documented by publications.

Our committee admits applicants primarily for the PhD program. If an applicant is interested in a master's degree, they will be offered admission only when a current faculty member has agreed to act as an advisor and to provide financial support to the prospective student. If you are interested in a Master's degree, we encourage you to contact faculty-of-interest as a potential adviser to determine if they could accept you into their lab and support your training.

Yes. Your official application cannot be considered by the Graduate Admissions Committee without test scores.

No. Because of the structure of our first-year graduate curriculum, the Medical Science Graduate Program only accepts applications in the fall semester.

We do not accept a specific number of graduate students into the program each fall. Typically, we accept 10 to 12 students into the program each year with stipend support.

We receive 60-80 applications in a typical year.

No. Applications do not transfer and applicants must re-apply.

Graduate students who are admitted to the Medical Science Program are supported by the program for the first two years. By the end of the second school year, it is expected that graduate students will have identified a research laboratory to join and the PI will then take over the student's stipend, tuition, and fees. Compensation for the graduate program is $30,000 per year, plus payment for tuition and fees. This support includes a stipend plus medical insurance benefits and eligibility for in-state tuition. There is usually no need for additional financial assistance under normal circumstances.

In exceptional circumstances, some students find it necessary to apply for additional financial aid (e.g. a short-term loan). Information on financial aid.

No. Financial assistance is provided by the program for a master's degree. Our master's candidates arrange joining a research lab directly before they are accepted into the program.

Our faculty enjoy hearing from students interested in their research.

Texas A&M was dedicated Oct. 4, 1876 and was Texas' first public higher education institution. The 5,200-acre campus is among the largest in nation, with more than 100 buildings plus a 324-acre research park. Texas A&M is a conservative campus with long-standing traditions, many of which center around the student body's passion for SEC sporting activities. There are about 60,000 students enrolled annually; women account for almost half of total enrollment; African American and Hispanic students account for approximately 11 percent of the student body. Texas A&M consistently ranks among the top 10 nationally in the number of science and engineering doctoral degrees conferred each year. The university also ranks among leaders nationally in the number of doctoral degrees awarded to minority students.

The twin cities of Bryan-College Station have a combined population of nearly 250,000. Bryan-College Station is located within easy driving distance of four major Texas cities (95 miles north of Houston, 169 miles south of Dallas, 166 miles northeast of San Antonio and 104 miles east of Austin). Noted for its low crime rate, low cost-of-living, high employment rate and community spirit, Bryan-College Station is a pleasant place to live, work or study.

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Applicants living in United States, who have completed their application by December 1st are eligible to be considered for an invitation to attend the graduate program recruiting symposium. Our recruiting symposium provides opportunities for you to meet faculty and students in the program, tour our modern research facilities and discover first-hand the wide range of research opportunities available. We will also give you a chance to check out College Station.