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MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) is a unique collaboration between UTHealth and MD Anderson Cancer Center. This synergistic partnership provides students with unparalleled access to modern facilities, world-class faculty and unlimited prospects for research in the biomedical sciences.



Students are admitted directly to the graduate school through an umbrella admissions process, and not into departments or programs. Students interested in pursuing a MS, Specialized MS or PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences apply to the Graduate School using the application for admission. The application procedure requires completion of an online application form, including a personal statement, research statement, the scores of the GRE general test (for applicants to Medical Physics), transcripts from all institutions at which course work was completed, and three letters of recommendation. Recommended undergraduate coursework to prepare a PhD applicant for graduate studies includes basic courses in Biology, Physics, Calculus and Biochemistry.

Visitation/Interview Weekends

All applicants who are offered admission to the PhD program must go through a review and interview process. Invitations to visitation weekends will be sent by email.

Invitations to interview are sent throughout the cycle. Students should expect to be notified by email regarding interviews by mid-February. 

Application Deadlines

  • PhD Program
    December 1, 2021
  • MS Medical Physics
    December 1, 2021
  • MS Genetic Counseling
    December 1, 2021
  • MS Biomedical Sciences 
    April 1, 2022

The final deadline for all application materials to be submitted is 11:59 p.m. central time. Early applications are encouraged. All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the deadline. No late materials will be accepted.


The General GRE exam is no longer required for most applicants. Students applying to the MS and PhD programs in Medical Physics are required to provide GRE scores. More information on requirements and instructions.

GSBS at a Glance

Students highlight why The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is the best place for research education.