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.
  • Adequate subject preparation for the proposed graduate major.

Preference will be given to applicants with an advanced degree in bioethics, history, law, literature, philosophy, or religious studies; a closely allied program in the humanities or social sciences; or one of the health sciences or professions. Students entering with a B.A. degree alone will be evaluated after one year to determine whether they may continue beyond the master's degree. Personal interviews with members of the IMH faculty are encouraged. Demonstrated reading competence in at least one foreign language is strongly encouraged and will be required for students doing comparative or international research. Completed applications must be received by November 1st, March 1st, and June 1st. Applications are considered for admission for the subsequent term.

Important Dates for Fall 2019 Admission

August 17, 2019: Application cycle opens for Fall 2019 Admission

May 1, 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


adj_jonesAnne Hudson Jones, PhD

Medical Humanities Graduate Program
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1311

(409) 772-2376

Amber AnthonyAmber Anthony
Program Manager