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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


You must be registered for Thesis for Master of Science if a M.S. student or Dissertation for Doctor of Philosophy if a Ph.D. student during the semester in which you complete your degree requirements.

If you just miss a graduation deadline and your defense has been scheduled when the next term begins, you may request permission from Dr. Bill Mattox to register for just one hour of credit to save your advisor money. You should be aware that this may impact your student visa status, your ability to keep or defer student loans, or scholarships and fellowships, if any of these are applicable to you.


In order to graduate during a particular semester, you must complete all requirements for your degree (including completion of your defense and submission of your final thesis/dissertation and exit forms) by the last day of that semester. If you finish even one day beyond this deadline, you will have to register for the next semester.

Alumni Information

The alumni information form is very important because we want to know what you plan to do when you leave us (if you are, in fact, leaving us). Please fill it out as completely as possible.  If you're moving and don't know what your new home address will be, please let us know as soon as you find out.

We also hope you will keep us informed when you move around in the future. You can always use our toll-free number (1-800-UTH-GSBS) to give us updates on your progress.

Publishing Scams

Beware of third parties who say they want to publish your dissertation -- they may just be after your money!


Diplomas are ordered at the end of each semester and usually take about three months to arrive. You may have your area of research concentration printed on your diploma, but this will require the approval of the Program Director related to the area of research concentration. If you are not formally affiliated with a Program, you may include "Biomedical Sciences" on your diploma.  Your degree will be issued as of the last day of the semester in which you complete your degree. We will be happy to write a letter to certify that you have completed all requirements for the degree as soon as you have done so.


Our annual graduation ceremony is held at the end of the spring semester. All students who graduate during Summer, Fall, and Spring are encouraged to attend the May ceremony.  A brass quintet will play and we'll have a nice reception afterwards. We hope you will come and bring your friends and relatives.

If you wish to march in the graduation ceremony, you must rent your cap, gown and hood through GSBS.

Please remember that if you are graduating in the Spring Semester, you must complete all degree requirements by the last day of the term in order to attend the graduation ceremony.