Master of Science in Medical Sciences Frequently Asked Questions - Admissions
Q: When can I apply?
A: Applications for the MS in Medical Sciences will close March 15, 2013. If you were enrolled in coursework for Fall 2012, your application will not be complete until a transcript showing all grades earned for Fall 2012 is received.
Q: Can I see may application status online?
A: Yes! Login to http://my.hsc.unt.edu to view your application status. If you have missing items such as transcripts, recommendation letters, MCAT scores, etc. they will be listed on this site as well.
Q: I submitted my application online but when I login to http://my.hsc.unt.edu it doesn't appear. Why?
A: When you submit your application, it goes into a holding server. We have to manually program the server to move or "push" your application into the EIS system (http://my.hsc.unt.edu). We do not perform that step until we have received an application fee.
Q: I looked online and the system still says my file is incomplete. I've requested everything to be sent to your office. What do I do?
A: Please be patient. We are currently receiving large volumes of mail and application submissions. We are updating records as quickly as possible.
Q: Even though I requested all of my materials (transcripts, letters, etc.) be sent to your office in plenty of time to meet the deadline, not everything arrived. What can I do?
A: A file that is incomplete by the deadline will not be taken to the admissions committee for review. It is the applicant's responsibility to insure that all items are received in time. To accomplish this, make sure you request all materials be mailed to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, not just UNT Health Science Center. There are 4 admissions offices on our campus and items that are not properly addressed may be lost. When you request materials sent, make sure to ask how long the processing time is. You may need to pay a rush fee or priority shipping for transcripts. We will also accept official transcripts in sealed envelopes that are issued directly to the student. Check your status online frequently until you see that your file is complete.
Q: Why do I have to provide transcripts from schools other than the school that granted my degree when all of the courses I took are listed on that transcript?
A: Colleges and universities will only print the courses they accept in transfer on their own transcripts. Most of them only include the credits awarded, not the grades earned. In order to evaluate your application fairly, we must have all of the information. This includes transcripts from foreign schools granting credit for "summer abroad" type courses.
Q: I applied to TCOM and have already submitted my transcripts. Why can't you get them from my TCOM file?
A: You actually submitted your transcripts to TMDSAS. TMDSAS, in turn, summarizes your academic history and distributes the summary to the medical schools reviewing your application. Because the actual transcripts do not go to TCOM admissions, we cannot obtain the transcripts from them. Our accreditation mandates that we require all applicants to provide transcripts from each and every institution of higher education attended.
Q: What can you get from my TCOM file?
A: We are unable to obtain any information from your TCOM file.
Q: I applied to TCOM. Will I get a new ID and password for the Enterprise Information System?
A: No. The Enterprise Information System (EIS) holds all of your information under one identification number (the EMPL ID). You will be able to use the same login (called the EUID) and password to access your application records for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as you did for TCOM. If you do not remember your EUID and password, contact our office for assistance.
Q: I have never applied to TCOM. How do I report my MCAT scores?
A: You should receive a paper score report from the AAMC that includes a verification code. Please provide us with a photocopy of this report. Alternatively, you can obtain your scores from the AAMC website. Print your score report, including verification code and either fax or mail it to our office.
Q: I have not taken the MCAT yet. Can I substitute the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?
A: If you are interested in applying to Physician Assistant programs after completing the Medical Sciences program, we will accept the GRE. Applicants interested in dentistry may submit the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). You MUST clearly indicate in your application that you are submitting a score other than the MCAT due to your career interest in one of those fields. For applicants interested in applying to medical schools, we do not accept any substitutions for the entrance examination requirements for admission to the Master of Science in Medical Sciences.
Q: Who should I ask to write letters of recommendation for me?
A: If you were enrolled in a pre-professional program, certainly you should use the pre-professional committee's recommendation letter(s). However, many applicants are returning to school several years after completing their undergraduate degrees and either no longer have access to the pre-professional office services or were not in a pre-professional program. We are interested in the opinions of individuals who are in positions to judge your ability to handle graduate-level course work and your potential as a healthcare provider. It is never appropriate for a relative to provide a letter of recommendation.
Q: Do students who complete this program get into medical school?
A: Yes! Click here to read the article "The Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Certification Program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Strengthens Admission Qualifications for Entrance into Medical School,' published in the January 2008 issue of Academic Medicine (Vol. 83, No.1).
Q: When and how will I know if I am accepted?
A: The admissions committee will meet on a rolling basis. We expected to begin meeting in late February but inclement weather closings have put us slightly behind schedule and we will begin meeting in early March. The committee may accept, deny or waitlist an applicant. When a final decision has been made, the application status will be updated on http://my.hsc.unt.edu and an official decision letter will be sent. Files are reviewed in the order they are completed. Therefore, the earlier your file is complete, the earlier it will be reviewed by the committee.
Q: I just received my acceptance letter. What do I do now?
A: Read your letter carefully. There are instructions for submitting required immunization records, student insurance information, etc. You will receive more communications from the Office of Admissions & Services and the Office of Student Development in preparation for New Student Orientation. Orientation is May 22-24 (international students must also attend on May 21) and is MANDATORY.
Q: I just received my waitlist letter. What do I do now?
A: Each year, we seat applicants from our waitlist as accepted applicants are made offers from medical school waitlists or make the decision to decline their admission offers to our program. We will not make offers from the waitlist for Summer 2013 after May 17, 2013.
Q: I just received a denial letter. What do I do now?
A: Our best advice is to make an appointment with our office for a file review. Based on the committee's comments, we can give you very specific advise for improving your application to our program for next year. We conduct file reviews in the month of June. Please contact Amanda.Griffith@unthsc.edu for an appointment.