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Admission

To be admitted to the master’s degree program in public health at UT Health Science Center, a student must be in their final year of study or hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. Students must have completed one year minimum in any life science in any combination (biology, chemistry, environmental science) or any human science such as anatomy and physiology or physical science, as well as one semester of college algebra or an equivalent course.

Requirements

  • Preferred overall GPA 3.0 on 4.0 scale, and a 3.0 in the field of study
  • Applicant must be in the final year of undergraduate work or hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution.
  • One year minimum in any life science in any combination (biology, chemistry, environmental science) or any human science such as anatomy and physiology or physical sciences
  • One semester of college algebra or an equivalent course
  • Official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended
  • We do not accept electronic transcripts as “official.”  All official transcripts must be mailed directly to the office of academic affairs from their primary source.
  • Unofficial transcripts are allowable during the admissions process, but we must receive “official” transcripts before the first day of class.
  • A Personal Statement and Cover Letter
  • Three Letters of Reference:  Ideally, one academic and two professional to highlight why they believe the student would do well in the program (can be two academic, and one professional if the applicant does not have extensive work experience or three professional if the applicant has been out of college for more than 10 years).

Testing

Although not required, applicants coming directly from a baccalaureate program are strongly encouraged to take the GRE. A minimum combined score of 295 is preferred; 145 on the quantitative section; 150 on the verbal section.

TOEFL required for international students:  Score at least 550 on paper-based TOEFL, 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, and 80 on the internet-based TOEFL.

Application Process

Complete and submit the graduate program application at least sixty (60) days prior to entering the program. UT Health Science Center accepts credit or recognizes degrees only from institutions accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies.

A $25 application fee is to be included with the application materials. A fee of $50 must accompany the application of all foreign applicants, except those under university-sponsored exchange programs.

Send official transcripts, test scores, and transcript evaluations to:

UT Health Science Center
Office of Academic Administration
11937 US Highway 271
Tyler, TX 75708

Financial Aid

Scholarships available.

Applicants can apply for financial aid. Select The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

Transfer of Credit

Under certain circumstances, a graduate student may transfer between 6 to 12 semester hours of graduate course work taken at accredited institutions.

The student pursuing a master’s degree with thesis may transfer a maximum of 6 semester hours; a student pursuing a master’s Degree without thesis may transfer a maximum of 12 semester hours. To transfer any credit from other institutions, however, the student must submit an official transcript of the courses to be considered and have the approval of the appropriate academic department and academic dean.

The work must have been taken not earlier than six years prior to the student’s first graduate enrollment at UT Health Science Center. Moreover, if the student fails to complete work on the graduate degree at UT Health Science Center before the expiration of the six years, the transfer credit will not be applicable toward a degree here. Any course accepted by transfer will carry credit but not grade point value. To transfer credit, the student must have earned a grade of B or higher on the course.

Admission Policies

An applicant for admission to graduate study must either (1) be in the final year of undergraduate work, or (2) hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. An applicant admitted to a graduate program at UT Health Science Center must enroll within one calendar year of admission. Thereafter, the applicant must reapply for admission.

The application process will be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Admission and Scholarship Policies for Graduate and Professional Programs, which was adopted by the 77th Session of the Texas Legislature, and which amends Chapter 51 of the Texas Education Code.