Ph.D. Programs

The UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers Ph.D. degrees in basic and clinical sciences. The Graduate School provides researchers the education and training needed to advance biomedical research and to make significant contributions to the generation and dissemination of knowledge.

Basic Science Core Curriculum

Nine of the basic science Ph.D. programs are united under one Biological Sciences Umbrella Program that admits a single cohort of first-year students and requires them to complete a common curriculum during the first year. The core course, a minimum of two laboratory rotations, and thorough responsible conduct of research training comprise the common curriculum. Students in this umbrella program typically join individual Ph.D. programs during the second semester.

Second-year students from the umbrella program take a qualifying exam to officially become a candidate for a Ph.D. in their chosen program. During the second year, students are also expected to assemble a dissertation committee composed of faculty members who will oversee their research during graduate training.

Students in the Biomedical Engineering PhD Program or the Organic Chemistry PhD Program are admitted to each specific program, using the same Division of Basic Science application as the umbrella program stated above. Each has its own curriculum that may or may not share some elements of the umbrella core course. See each individual program for details.

NOTE: Clinical Psychology Ph.D. students do NOT participate in the Basic Science Core Curriculum. The Clinical Psychology Program admits first-year students directly into their APA-accredited training program with a separate curriculum.

Available Ph.D. Degrees

Three specialties may be added to any of the above Ph.D. training opportunities: