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About the Program

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This is not an accelerated, 6, 7 year, or other type of fast-track program to medical school. Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine offer an exciting and competitive program designed for academically talented and highly motivated students interested in pursuing a M.D. degree. By meeting the special requirements and deadlines of this joint program, a select group of entering freshmen are guaranteed admission to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine after completion of a Bachelor's Degree at Texas Tech University. Combined with undergraduate coursework and medical school, the student is looking at 8 years of study.

Primary Qualifications

Other Program Details

Students must apply and be admitted to Texas Tech University and the Honors College as entering Freshmen, before the application process for UMSI is complete.


Step 1: Applications to Texas Tech University

TTU Application Processing Notes

Processing of submitted applications will be completed and students will be informed of admission status within 4-6 weeks. Contact TTU admissions for any questions regarding undergraduate degrees.

Step 2: School of Medicine Application

Step 3: Interviewing at the School of Medicine

After the UMSI application is submitted, admissions officers will review the files and invite a select group of qualified individuals for personal interviews with the UMSI selection committee.

Qualities Searched for in Interview


Date Event
October 1 UMSI application opens
December 1 Deadline for UMSI application and all supporting documents (see step 2 above)

Undergraduate Requirements at Texas Tech

UMSI students are welcome to pursue a major of their choice. However, the following prerequisite courses must be completed by all in the program:

Courses Hours
General Biology or Zoo (with labs) 8
Upper Division Biology 9
Biochemistry 3
General Chemistry (with labs) 8
Organic Chemistry (with labs) 8
Physics (with labs) 8
English 6
Statistics offered by Math Department 3
Total 53

* Recommended upper division courses (3000 or 4000 level courses) include: Biological Science courses applied toward Baccalaureate degree in traditional science fields, such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Immunology amd Parasitology.

Courses for non-science majors or for health career majors (nursing, pharmacy, allied health sciences, etc.) will NOT satisfy the required coursework. All required coursework must be applicable towards a traditional science degree.

Note: A limited number of Advanced Placement (AP) or dual credit courses may also be accepted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine for coursework only in English.

All prerequisite courses require graded work. All AP and/or dual credit for prerequisite courses must be replaced with a higher level course.

Prerequisites for UMSI are specific to the program and are different than general admission requirements.

UMSI participants are required to submit the Texas Medical Dental Schools Application ( between May 1st and October 1st the year prior to matriculation to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. We ask that participants complete this by July 1 to assist with processing times.

UMSI participants receive a fee waiver for the secondary application to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.


Maintaining UMSI Qualifications

Contact Information

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine

Linda Prado
Director of Admissions
School of Medicine - Office of Admissions 2B116
Lubbock, TX 79430
(806) 743-2297

Ashley Hanson
Assistant Director of Recruitment and Special Programs
School of Medicine - Office of Admissions 2B116
Lubbock, TX 79430
(806) 743-2297

Texas Tech University Undergraduate Admissions

Rex Oliver
Recruitment Manager
(806) 834-0759

Texas Tech University Honors College

Abel Rios
Texas Tech University
Honors College
(806) 742-1828

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