Graduate School Programs

The UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is committed to giving students the skills, opportunities, and encouragement to become true problem-solvers in the biological, physical, and behavioral sciences. Programs are designed to create leaders in research and education who will make significant contributions to the advancement of biomedical research and human health.

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.

Biological Sciences Umbrella Program 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 Ph.D. Program or the Organic Chemistry Ph.D. 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.

Ph.D. Tracks

Along with 11 basic science Ph.D. programs, we offer three tracks for students who may have a specific interest in one of these areas. Students wanting to pursue a track must enroll in one of the Ph.D. programs and supplement the program with track requirements.

Combined M.D./Ph.D. Degree Program

Master’s Degree Program

Non-Degree Programs

Postdoctoral Training Program