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MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) is a unique collaboration between UTHealth Houston 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. Entering PhD students perform three tutorial rotations before selecting a faculty advisor and joining a graduate program

Recommended undergraduate coursework to prepare a PhD applicant for graduate studies includes basic courses in Biology, Physics, Calculus and Biochemistry. Before beginning your application, please read the requirements and instructions carefully.

Visitation/Interview Weekends

Interviews are required for all applicants who are offered admission to the PhD program. Invitations to visitation/interview weekends will be sent by email between mid-December and mid-February. Visitation/Interview weekends will be held in-person with a virtual option for international applicants. In-person visitation/interview dates: January 18-20, February 1-3, February 15-17 and March 7-9, 2024. 

Application Deadlines

  • December 1, 2023
    PhD Program
    MS Genetic Counseling
    MS Medical Physics
  • April 1, 2024
    MS Biomedical Sciences

The final deadline for all application materials to be submitted is 11:59 p.m. central time. Early submission is 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 or recommended for applicants.

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.