Please note: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will now be called "UT Health San Antonio."

IBMS Academics

The Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) Graduate Program is a dynamic multidisciplinary program composed of seven disciplines across basic science and clinical departments. Students matriculating into the IBMS are given the opportunity to customize their educational experience and realize their unique interests and professional aspirations.

Students choose coursework, an area of research, and a mentor based on their interests and professional goals. The IBMS program also partners with businesses and community organizations to empower students by providing internships and potential employment opportunities.

Objectives of the Ph.D. Program

-  Provide students with in depth training in specific areas of biomedical sciences, with emphasis on hypothesis-driven problem-solving research.

-  Train students for careers in university settings, or leadership positions in research & development industries, or government.

-  Produce graduates able to work independently, to develop experimentation designed to solve biomedical problems, and to evaluate and analyze the outcomes of the experimentation.

Additional research opportunities…

- Many collaborations among faculty in various IBMS disciplines

- As a Health Science Center, students can engage with our School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Dentistry and School of Health Professions for translational research opportunities

Collaborative interactions with scientists at:

- Texas Biomedical Research Institute


- National Primate Center

- Hospitals

- San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) to name a few.

Year 1

Fall Semester

- Interdisciplinary coursework

- Laboratory rotations

- Select Supervising Professor and finalize Discipline affiliation

Spring semester

- Discipline specialty courses

- Begin research

Year 2

- Advanced electives

- Qualifying Examination

- Participate in seminars and journal clubs

- More research

Year 3

- Select Dissertation Supervising Committee and write research proposal

- Opportunities to learn grant writing skills and submit proposals for outside funding (F Troop)

- Participate in seminars and journal clubs

- More research

Years 4-5

- Research Research Research

- Attend scientific conferences (travel awards available)

- Participate in seminars and journal clubs

- Final seminar and dissertation defense

- Graduate with Ph.D. in Integrated Biomedical Sciences with emphasis in discipline specialty