MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


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 GSBS 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 and Genetic Counseling), 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.

All applicants admitted to the PhD degree course of study are awarded a stipend, including health care benefits. The cost of tuition and fees is included in the package offered to admitted students. The PhD program takes an average of 5.4 years to complete. 

Effective for Fall 2019 admission, the General GRE exam is no longer required for applicants to the Biomedical Sciences PhD and MS programs. Students applying to the programs in Genetic Counseling and Medical Physics are required to provide GRE scores. More information on application requirements may be found here.

View our Admissions Brochure here.

Application Deadline for matriculation in Fall 2020:

The final deadline for all application materials to be submitted for the PhD program is December 1, 2019. Early applications are encouraged. 

The deadline for materials to be submitted for the MS program in Genetic Counseling is December 15, 2019.

The deadline for the MS program in Biomedical Sciences is April 1, 2020.

All materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted by the deadline.  No late materials will be accepted.

Information on applying to GSBS can be found here.
Questions regarding applying to GSBS? See our FAQ here.