Key dates include: 

  • August 1: Application begins
  • 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


Information regarding admissions and online application is available on the UT Southwestern website at Electronic application is required. Application procedures and deadlines are detailed on the application website. 

Requirements for Admission

There are three minimum requirements that must be met in applying for admission as a regular graduate student:

  1. A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a university in another country. Each applicant is required to have one official transcript from each institution of higher learning attended (including postgraduate studies) sent to the Admissions Office.
  2. Evidence of relevant academic preparation for the graduate training sought. If the bachelor’s degree was earned in an unrelated field, evidence of prior formal preparation (usually via postgraduate studies) must be submitted.
  3. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. International students from countries where English is not the official language must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Applicants must request that the GRE and TOEFL scores be sent directly to the Admissions Office. The code number for UT Southwestern Medical Center is R66860.

Applicants must have taken the GRE within five years preceding the expected date of enrollment in UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. GRE scores older than five years will not be acceptable unless the applicant recently has been engaged in graduate study at this or another accredited university.

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Essential Functions

All individuals who apply for admission to the Graduate School must be able to perform specific essential functions. Essential functions are the basic activities that a student must be able to perform in order to complete a graduate program curriculum, including original research. No applicant who can perform the essential functions – either with or without reasonable accommodations – will be denied consideration for admission. Information regarding how to request reasonable accommodation due to disability and UT Southwestern’s Learners with Disabilities Policy is available from Student Academic Support Services.  This information is also included in the material sent to all accepted applicants. 

The following are essential functions for graduate students at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Each graduate program may require additional essential functions to accommodate unique aspects of that program, and such requirements may be subject to change.

  1. Communication: Graduate students must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently orally and in writing. Candidates also must be able to read and comprehend written material.
  2. Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities: Graduate students must able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, integrate, and apply information. Problem solving, the main challenge in research, requires these intellectual abilities.
  3. Behavioral and Social Attributes: Graduate students must possess the emotional health required to use their intellectual abilities fully, including good judgment, maintaining an appropriate work schedule, and meeting program expectations on schedule. Graduate students must be able to tolerate challenging workloads and function effectively under stress. They must be able to adapt to changing circumstances and learn to function in the face of uncertainties and ambiguities inherent to the research enterprise. Integrity, concern for others, and interpersonal skills are all needed for success in graduate studies.
  4. Ethical Standards: Graduate students must demonstrate professional demeanor and behavior and must perform in an ethical manner in all dealings with peers, faculty, and staff of UT Southwestern Medical Center and with patients, where appropriate.

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Evaluation of Applicants

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Admissions decisions will be made in accordance with UT Southwestern’s institutional admissions policy and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences admissions policy, and based on the program-specific requirements and procedures outlined herein. 

Admission Committees for individual graduate programs consider all of the following in evaluating each applicant:

  1. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test;
  2. Academic performance in college as reflected in the grade-point average;
  3. The rigor of the undergraduate curriculum and its appropriateness as preparation for study in the graduate program sought;
  4. Recommendations from appropriate professors and/or mentors;
  5. Experiences in scientific research activities;
  6. Socioeconomic background;
  7. Ability to communicate in English;
  8. Personal integrity;
  9. The applicant’s statement of motivation for a career in scientific research and/or teaching.

A personal interview may be required and is initiated by invitation from the appropriate Admissions Committee. The committee interviews applicants who are viewed as having the greatest likelihood of succeeding in graduate study based on the listed considerations. The interview provides further evidence of acceptability.

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

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Use of Race or Ethnicity in Admissions

Programs within the Division of Clinical Science (DCS) do not consider race or ethnicity in the admissions process. All programs within the Division of Basic Science (DBS) (e.g., Biological Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Cancer Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Development and Disease, Immunology, Integrative Biology, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Microbiology, Neuroscience, and Organic Chemistry) consider race or ethnicity as one factor in an individualized, holistic approach to identify applicants whose qualities, attributes, and accomplishments indicate that they will contribute to the missions of the Graduate School and be successful in their course of study. 

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