Application Deadline: November 1 View Application Timeline
How do I apply?
- Complete Prerequisite Courses
All prerequisite course requirements must be completed by the time you've enrolled into medical school.
- Take the MCAT and CASPer
The MCAT must be taken between January 2016 and September 2020 to be considered for the 2021 entry year application
You may submit your application before your MCAT scores are released, though action on your application may be delayed until receipt of your current scores.
You must also take the CASPer examination and have your score sent to UT Southwestern.
- Apply via TMDSAS
Applications are accepted by Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) May 1 – November 1.Apply via TMDSAS
- Complete Your Secondary Application
You may submit your secondary application after we have received your primary application from TMDSAS. You will receive an email prompting you to create an account to access the secondary application once your primary application is transmitted. The deadline to submit your secondary application is October 15.
- Submit Supporting Documents to TMDSAS
All supporting documents submitted to TMDSAS by October 15.
- Interview in-Person
Invitations to interview are sent to applicants beginning in mid-July and indicate that your application has reached an advanced stage of consideration but does not guarantee admission. Interviews take place from August through early January.
- Watch for Your Offer
Offers of admission will be sent beginning October 15 2020. We will continue extending offers on a rolling basis throughout the admissions season outside of the TMDSAS Match period.
- Take a Second Look
MS0 (Second Look Weekend) is an opportunity for accepted students to visit UT Southwestern in February for an interactive and informative two-day event featuring student panels, housing tours, presentations, networking, and more.
- Accept Your Offer
By April 30 of the matriculation year, each applicant who has received an offer of acceptance from more than one school should choose the specific school at which the applicant prefers to enroll and withdraw from all other schools.
UT Southwestern’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) for an M.D./Ph.D. requires a different application through the AMCAS system.M.D./Ph.D. Admissions
Demographics for the Class of 2022
UT Southwestern accepts students from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. We value not only excellence in academics but also the diverse set of experiences that each student brings to the class. In doing so, we evaluate candidates in a holistic manner and accept students with a range of scores.
Holistic Applicant Evaluation
Applications are thoroughly reviewed by an Admissions Committee appointed by the Dean of the Medical School. The committee is composed of faculty members from both basic science and clinical departments. The Committee evaluates candidates in a holistic manner. The Committee is interested in identifying applicants who possess not only the academic capabilities but also the personal attributes and characteristics inherent in excellent physicians.
Additionally, the Committee will assess the candidate’s motivation to pursue a career in medicine, ensuring alignment with the mission of UT Southwestern Medical School, which emphasizes the importance of training primary-care physicians, educating doctors who will practice in medically underserved areas of Texas, and preparing physician-scientists who seek careers in academic medicine and research.
The Admissions Committee considers all of the following in evaluating each applicant’s acceptability:
- The rigor of the undergraduate curriculum
- Personal qualities and individual factors such as leadership, self-appraisal, determination, social and family support, and maturity and coping capabilities
- Personal integrity and compassion for others
- The applicant’s motivation for a career in medicine
- Scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
- Academic performance in college as reflected in the grade-point average
- Recommendations from the college premedical committee or faculty
- Extracurricular activities
- Socioeconomic background
- Any time spent in outside employment
- The ability to communicate in English
All applicants applying to UT Southwestern Medical School are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer) to assist with our selection process for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle. CASPer is an online test which assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening.
Interview invitations are sent by email to applicants beginning in mid-July. Invitations for interviews are typically sent at least three weeks before the assigned interview date. You may accept or change the assigned interview date, based on seating capacity, once you receive your invitation. All candidates will have two back to back interviews with UT Southwestern faculty members in a standard interview format.
We offer an informative two-day interview program on Fridays and Saturdays that includes the opportunities to:
- Participate in clinical rounds
- Tour our state-of-the-art facilities
- Hear presentations on topics including global health, community service, dual-degree programs, and the curriculum
- Engage with our current students, faculty, and staff to experience the collaborative culture and community at UT Southwestern Medical School
Interviews are by invitation only and take place from August through early January.
- Does UT Southwestern have minimum cutoffs for GPA or MCAT?
UT Southwestern Medical School does not set a minimum GPA or minimum MCAT score for consideration. We admit students with a range of scores and use a holistic evaluation process, taking into account many different factors during our evaluation of candidates. Please visit our class profile page for information on academic average.
- Do you accept students from out of state?
Yes. However, we are limited in the number of non-Texas residents we can accept. State law limits our enrollment of non-Texas residents to 10 percent of our overall class.
- How can I determine if I’m a Texas resident?
All residency classifications for applicants are done by the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) based on the rules governing Texas residency for higher education as established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
- Do you accept international students?
It is the goal of UT Southwestern to accept only those students who are guaranteed to complete the full four years of the curriculum based on citizenship or permanent resident status. Therefore, only applicants who are permanent U.S. residents or American citizens will be considered for interview and admission.
- Do you consider all college majors?
UT Southwestern accepts students who major in a variety of disciplines. Typically, around 70 percent of students accepted into the Medical School are science majors. The other 30 percent major in a variety of nonscience fields (psychology, business, English, music, etc.).
- What dual-degree options are there?
At UT Southwestern, we offer the following dual degree opportunities: M.D./MBA, M.D./M.P.H., and M.D./Ph.D.
- What is UT Southwestern’s policy for deferred admission?
Students admitted to UT Southwestern Medical School may request a one-year deferral. Deferrals are not automatic and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Deferral requests must be received prior to June 1 in order to be considered.
If the deferral is approved, the applicant’s place in the entering class to which he/she was originally admitted will be transferred to the following year’s entering class.
Only in unusual circumstances will a request for deferring enrollment more than one year be considered.
Deferral requests are considered within the context of all relevant information, including, but not limited to:
- Date of deferral request
- Medical school application information
- Reason(s) for requesting a deferral. Please provide a detailed response.
- Number of deferral requests for that application cycle
Accepted applicants interested in seeking a deferral should download the Medical School deferral application and submit it as soon as possible to the Admissions Office.
- What is UT Southwestern’s policy for transfer admissions?
UT Southwestern is not considering transfer requests for 2019-20 as our clinical rotations are at capacity with implementation of the new curriculum.
- I submitted my application. When will I hear something?
The Admissions Committee reviews and evaluates applications throughout the admissions season. It is not possible to tell you when you will hear from us. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified by email. We will notify all applicants who are not selected for an interview only after the entire interview process has ended (mid-February).