Ph.D. Degrees in Basic Sciences

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Applications open August 1
Deadline: December 1

Important Dates

Applicants must complete and submit the online application by December 1. There is a two week grace period allowed for receipt of all supporting material. The admissions committee will begin reviewing completed applications in November and extend interview offers to U.S. applicants on a rolling basis. The interview slots and entering class are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • December 1: Application Deadline
  • January–March: Interviews and offers made
  • April 15: Applicants must inform graduate school of decision
  • Mid-August: Courses and rotations begin

Application Instructions

The UT Southwestern Graduate School’s Division of Basic Science has three distinct programs:

1. Biological Sciences Umbrella Program

  • Biological Chemistry Ph.D.
  • Cancer Biology Ph.D.
  • Cell & Molecular Biology Ph.D.
  • Computational & Systems Biology Track
  • Genetics, Development, & Disease Ph.D.
  • Immunology Ph.D.
  • Integrative Biology Ph.D.
  • Molecular Biophysics Ph.D.
  • Molecular Microbiology Ph.D
  • Neuroscience Ph.D.
  • Pharmacological Sciences Track

2. Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Program*

  • Biomaterials, Mechanics, and Tissue Engineering Track
  • Biomedical and Molecular Imaging Track
  • Biomolecular and Protein Engineering Track
  • Medical Physics Track

3. Organic Chemistry Ph.D. Program

You may apply to one, two, or all three of these programs with a single application. Each program will make its own independent admission decision. Acceptance into one does not have any implication on acceptance into another. However, if you receive invitations to interview with more than one program, all interviews will be conducted during one visit to UT Southwestern.

Create an application and apply online to the Division of Basic Science Ph.D. Program. This one application will allow you to select specific program(s) after you have completed the Texas Residency Questionnaire.

Individual programs and tracks may have one or more additional requirements specific to the area of training. Additional requirements or considerations can be found in descriptions of individual programs.

The Mechanisms of Disease and Translational Science (MoDTS) Track is available to all applicants, regardless of the program to which they are applying.

If you wish to apply to the MoDTS track, check “yes” in the appropriate box and upload the additional essay in the correct tab at the end of the DBS application.

*UT Southwestern Biomedical Engineering applicants – Apply here if you want UTSW to be your home campus. There are two joint programs to choose from:

1. BME joint program with UT Arlington
2. BME joint program with UT Dallas

If you want your home campus to be UT Arlington or UT Dallas, you need to apply to that specific program.

Apply to UT Arlington
Apply to UT Dallas

A complete application will include:

  • One complete and submitted online application
  • Transcripts from all post-high school institutions attended
  • General GRE exam scores
  • TOEFL exam scores – for international applicants only
  • Three letters of recommendation. Please have the names and email addresses of your three recommenders before you begin the application.

Texas Residency Questionnaire

After selecting your school and program in the application, you will be required to complete a Texas Residency Questionnaire. The questionnaire is used to determine your eligibility for certain fellowships. A full copy of the residency questionnaire as well as residency rules are available on the College for All Texans website.

Applicant Evaluation

Please visit the general requirements for application to UT Southwestern’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Admissions Evaluation

Applicants must have, or be in the process of completing, a bachelor's degree. While there are no specific course requirements for admission, experience has shown that undergraduates entering our interdisciplinary graduate programs benefit from having completed upper-level courses in biochemistry, genetics, and cell or molecular biology.

UT Southwestern's Graduate School has no minimum GPA or GRE, but incoming students for Fall 2016 have an average GPA of 3.6 and GRE scores of 156V, 161Q, 3.9W.


No fee is required to apply.

Research Assistantship/Stipend

All students studying for a Ph.D. in one of the 11 basic science programs receive a nationally competitive research assistantship/stipend of $34,500 per year throughout the course of their Ph.D. studies.

This support during the first year of graduate school is provided by the graduate school. This support allows students to choose freely among the graduate programs and their participating faculty mentors. In subsequent years, students receive stipend support from research grants awarded to their dissertation mentors, from one of the institutional National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grants associated with various areas of research training, or through successful competition for individual predoctoral fellowships.