School of Medicine

M.D. Program Admissions Process


How to Apply

Complete the TMDSAS Application

The Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) is the centralized application processing service for applicants to the first-year entering classes at all of the public medical, dental and veterinary schools in the State of Texas. Baylor recommends all M.D. program applicants read the TMDSAS application handbook in its entirety before starting the application.

Please note that M.D./Ph.D. program applicants will complete the AMCAS application, not the TMDSAS application.

Complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

The MCAT is required of all applicants. Only scores from tests administered within three years of the year of medical school matriculation will be accepted. Scores of the most recent MCAT are considered by the admissions committee.

Find information concerning the test via the MCAT section of the American Association of Medical Colleges site.

Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may not be used as a substitute for the MCAT.

Submit Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation for the M.D. program must be submitted through TMDSAS by Nov. 15.

Health professions committee packets are acceptable from those institutions who offer this service. These packets come in three basic formats:

  1. Committee letter with supporting letters attached.
  2. Committee letter that is composed and uses quotes from various evaluators but may or may not have supporting letters attached.
  3. Collection of individual evaluation letters which may also include a cover letter from an advising office or school letter service.

Individual letters (maximum 4) from evaluators are also acceptable.   

All letters and committee packets must be from the calendar year preceding proposed enrollment. Please visit the TMDSAS letters of evaluation website for additional information.

Complete the Supplemental Application and Submit Fee

The supplemental application must be completed by all applicants. The final deadline for M.D./Ph.D. supplemental applications is midnight CST on Nov. 1 and regular medical school supplemental applications is 5 p.m. CST on Nov. 15.

  • A Baylor College of Medicine Supplemental Application is required of all applicants. 
  • Applicants will receive an email invitation to complete the secondary application after submission and verification of their TMDSAS application. TMDSAS application verification can take two-four weeks. 

Complete the CASPer Test

All applicants to the Medical School and Medical Scientist Training Program are required to complete an online situational judgement test called CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics). Learn more about the CASPer assessment, testing dates for Baylor and register for a test. A CASPer score is required in order to be considered for an interview. We do not require Duet or Snapshot.

Review Technical Standards

Baylor and the School of Medicine are committed to providing equal educational access for qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Therefore, no candidate will be denied admission to the School of Medicine solely based on the presence of a disability. Please review the following links carefully:

Updates to your Application after Submission

Please notify the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service promptly of any changes to your demographics to assist in keeping our records current.


The interview is an opportunity to determine whether the applicant and Baylor College of Medicine make a good match. Interview invitations are issued by email solely upon the recommendation of the Baylor Admissions Committee.

Interviews are held from August through January, on selected Fridays, at the Baylor campus. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check their application status via AMP.

In addition to high intellectual ability and outstanding academic achievement, the Admissions Committee recognizes that personal qualities are essential to a physician's development. The interview will allow us to probe more deeply into the following:


  • Communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Ethical and moral behavior
  • Ability to realistically self-appraise
  • Cultural competence

Service to Others:

  • Altruism and humanism, community service and social concerns

Learning Experiences:

  • Evidence of intellectual curiosity
  • Critical thinking
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify alternative solutions or approaches to challenges

Motivation/Dedication to Medical Profession:

  • Sought out meaningful experiences in health field
  • Appropriate motivation 

Cognitive skills as assessed by transcripts, MCAT and GPA

COVID-19 Impact on Interviews

For Admissions Cycle 2022, interview sessions will be held virtually via ZOOM. Each applicant will receive two 30-minute virtual, live, traditional interviews. One interview will always be with a faculty member of the Admissions Interviewing Subcommittee (AIS) and the other interview could be with another faculty member, student, resident, fellow or Baylor alumni AIS member. Interviews will be held Friday afternoons.

Texas Residency

Texas law classifies each person who applies for admission to a Texas public college of university as:

  1. A resident of Texas,
  2. A non-resident, or
  3. A foreign (international) student

How you are classified is important because it determines eligibility to be included in the Texas Residents applicant pool.

When you submit your TMDSAS application, the system makes an initial residency determination. When in processing, a residency specialist will review the application in greater detail to either confirm or change the system's residency determination according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules for establishing residency.

Visit the TMDSAS residency website for additional information regarding residency determination. All residency inquiries should be directed to TMDSAS.


Baylor Participates in TMDSAS


The Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) is the centralized application processing service for applicants to the first-year entering classes at all of the public medical, dental and veterinary schools in the State of Texas.

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