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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. 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.


GSBS strives to recruit and admit students across all socially, culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Visit Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the GSBS for additional information.

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.

Details regarding Spring 2022 interviews are forthcoming. Invitations to interview are sent throughout the cycle. Students should expect to be notified by email regarding interviews by mid-February. 

Application Deadlines

  • December 1, 2021
    PhD Program
    MS Genetic Counseling
    MS Medical Physics2021
  • April 1, 2022 
    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 most applicants. Students applying to the MS and PhD programs in Medical Physics are required to provide GRE scores. 

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.