Prospective Students

Application Requirements

Applicants to the Medical Humanities Graduate Program are expected to satisfy all the basic requirements for admission to a degree program in UTMB's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or an advanced degree and training from an acceptable foreign institution of higher education.
  • A recommended grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Grades received in graduate courses, which are computed separately, are also considered in evaluation of the application.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required if English is not the native language. The minimum requirement on the TOEFL is 550 or greater on the paper-based test, or 213 or greater on the computer-based test or 6.5 for the IELTS Academic Test.

Note to Prospective Students

We are currently in the process of reviewing and updating the medical humanities graduate program curriculum. We hope to have the revised curriculum available by the end of 2020. Thank you for your patience and if you are a prospective student seeking more information, please feel free to reach out to the contacts listed below.

Important Dates for Fall 2021 Admission

August 17, 2020: Application cycle opens for Fall 2021 Admission

March 15, 2020: Application deadline for Medical Humanities Program

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available through one-year graduate assistantships and scholarships, based on availability of funds, demonstrated academic merit, and justifiable financial need.

All applications will receive equal review. Faculty members will consider grades, letters of recommendation, other relevant aspects of the student's previous academic or professional career, as well as petitions of need.

Prospective and current students are encouraged to review the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's information regarding residency.

MD-PhD Combined Degree Program

Students interested in pursing a PhD in medical humanities in combination with their MD program should first check out the MD-PhD Combined Degree Program at


Lisa-Campo-Engelstein Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD
Director, Institute for the Medical Humanities
Harris L. Kempner Chair in the Humanities in Medicine
Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine and Population Health
Amber AnthonyAmber Anthony
Program Manager