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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.


Welcome to MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Congratulations on your recent admission to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences! 

Below you will find a list of items to be completed by August 1. Please contact Oscar Sevilla if you have any questions regarding the items below or regarding deadlines. 

Due to the amount of paperwork required, we recommend domestic students arrive in Houston one week prior to the start of Orientation. For international students, we recommend two weeks. 

For information regarding New Student Orientation, please click here

Incoming Student Checklist:

  • Send final transcripts showing your degree conferred to the Office of the Registrar. The Registrar must receive a transcript from every college or university attended, including classes taken for dual credit or at community college. This includes coursework that is transferred/listed on other transcripts. For more information regarding official transcripts, including mailing address and information on electronic transcripts, please click here. Electronic transcripts may be sent to

  • Medical Physics students only - Send official Graduate Record Examination scores to the Registrar using institutional code 6907 (no department code needed).

  • Students who earn degrees from international universities are to required have their transcripts evaluated by an outside agency to ensure that the degree is, at least, equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree. Only a general evaluation, not a course-by-course evaluation is required to be sent to the Office of the Registrar. More information will be sent by email but the following credentialing agencies are frequently used by our students:
  • Update your contact information once you have obtained your Houston address, including your email address if you provided your college email address when applying and an updated telephone number (if applicable). Please send updates to Oscar.

  • Complete criminal background check. As noted in your offer of admission, all incoming students are required to obtain a criminal background check and identify verification prior to registering for classes. GSBS has contracted with Pre-Check to process background checks and identify verification for entering students. Please follow this link to begin the process of obtaining the background check and select "University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences" from the drop down menu.  Please note you are responsible for the payment of the $49 fee. Additional fees may be required based on country/state. Pre-Check will contact you directly regarding additional fees.
    • International students who have not lived in the United States for a total of 30 days are not required to obtain a background check. Please contact Karen Weinberg to request an exemption.

  • Complete and submit Certificate of Immunization:  
    • Certain immunizations are required before a student can register for classes. A hold will be placed on your record until the form is received.  A complete immunization form must be uploaded into applyUTH. You will receive your applyUTH account information via email from the Office of the Registrar once you have accepted our offer of Admission. Please see the FAQ for questions or contact Student Health and Counseling Services for assistance regarding required immunizations.

  • Email a passport style photo to Oscar for your student ID badge.
    • Photograph Requirements:
      • MUST resemble a passport photo or driver license photo
      • Taken within the past 2 months, showing current appearance
      • The photo must be color
      • Full face, front view with a plain white background
      • Photo must be taken in normal street attire, colored or dark clothing. No white T-shirts or white shirts as they do not appear on the badge.
      • Uniforms should not be worn in photographs
      • Do not wear a hat or headgear
      • If you normally wear prescription glasses they should be worn for your picture
      • Dark glasses or nonprescription glasses with tinted lenses are not acceptable unless you need them for medical reasons. A medical certificate may be required.
      • Homemade photos, scanned or copied photos are acceptable as long as they meet the above criteria.  You may also have your photo taken at an official Passport location.