School of Medicine

M.D. Program Admissions Process

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How to Apply

Complete the AMCAS Application

Applications for admission begin with the common application submitted online at American Medical College Application Service.

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 the AMCAS Letter Service.

Applicants enrolled in colleges with a premedical advisory system should request that the chair of the Premedical Advisory Committee, premedical advisor, coordinator, or person in charge of advising send an evaluation to AMCAS.

If there is no health professions advisor, advisory committee, or office of advising premedical students at your school, evaluations from three individuals who are qualified to evaluate you personally and academically will be considered. A minimum of three letters are required, four letters maximum.  All letters must be from the calendar year preceding proposed enrollment.

The deadline for applying to the MD program is Dec. 1.

If you are no longer an undergraduate student, alternate recommendation methods include:

  • If you are attending graduate school, one of your evaluations must be from a graduate advisor or major professor.
  • If you are attending graduate school but have no graduate advisor, one of your evaluations must be from the chairperson of your major department.
  • If you have not attended a college or university for one year or more, and you are currently employed or in military service, one of your evaluations must be from your immediate supervisor (if self-employed, an evaluation from a business associate).

The second and third evaluations must be from current or former professors. 

Complete the BCM Supplemental Application and Submit Fee

Baylor also requires that every applicant complete a supplementary application.   The application opens July 1 and does not require an invitation to apply.   Deadline for submission and fee payment:  M.D./Ph.D. program is Nov. 1 and MD program is Dec. 1.    

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 here about the CASPer assessment, testing dates for BCM, and register for a test.

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:

Technical Standards

Student Disability Services

Updates to your Application after Submission

Please notify The American Medical College Application Service promptly of any changes to your demographics to assist in keeping our records current.

Interviews

Interview invitations are issued by email solely upon the recommendation of the Baylor College of Medicine admissions committee.

Interviews are held from August through early February, on selected Fridays, at the Baylor College of Medicine Campus.

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

Interpersonal/intrapersonal:

  • 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
  • Uses 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.

Interview Experience

During the interview sessions, applicants are given the opportunity to visit college facilities and to talk informally with the student body. Medical students show applicants the classrooms, laboratories, and clinical facilities, and are pleased to answer questions about their experiences as Baylor students. Applicants may sit in on classes and visit any part of the school they desire. Each applicant will have two, 30-minute interviews with two BCM faculty members or a faculty member and a student member of the Admissions Interviewing Subcommittee.

COVID-19 Impact on Interviews

For Admissions Cycle 2021, all interview sessions will be held virtually. The applicant will continue to have two, 30-minute traditional interviews with Admissions Interviewing Subcommittee members.  

Texas Residency

The determination of residency classification for tuition purposes is governed by statutes enacted by the Texas Legislature and rules and regulations promulgated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. An applicant is classified as either a resident of Texas or a non-resident for tuition purposes. An individual’s residency classification is based on information from his or her admission application. The applicant is responsible for registering under the proper residency classification.

Residency questionnaires will be provided to those applicants invited for interview. For information regarding Texas residency, visit College for all Texans to review the Texas residency rules.