University:
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • IBMS
    The Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) Graduate Program is composed of seven disciplines that reflect contemporary research.
  • Biomedical Engineering
    Students are trained in the principles of biomedical engineering to develop new approaches for the treatment of human diseases.
  • Nursing Sciences
    Clinical nurse scientists undertake a curriculum that includes philosophy of science, research methods and techniques, nursing theories and statistical methods.
  • Radiological Sciences
    Students are trained in the use of radiant energy to understand and modify biological processes.
  • Translational Science
    Students are trained to lead multi-disciplinary biomedical research teams in bench-to-bedside or bedside-to-community translational research. The TS PhD is a new, joint degree program among four UT institutions.

Prospective Students FAQ

Q:
What are the entrance requirements and deadlines for applying to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS)?
A:
The entrance requirements will vary depending on your program of choice.  Please refer to the following document for information on prerequisites and application deadlines for each of the programs in the GSBS.
Q:
Is there an application fee?
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The application fee for the different programs in the Graduate School varies from no fee (free) to $45 depending on the program. Please consult the table for information on application fees for specific graduate programs.
Q:
What code do I use to have the GRE and TOEFL scores sent to the UT Health Science Center Graduate School?
A:
Official scores must be sent directly to UT Health Science Center (SCHOOL CODE 6908) from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Photocopies or faxed copies will NOT be accepted.
Q:
Can I submit an incomplete transcript with the application for admission?
A:
Yes, but a complete transcript listing all completed courses must be on file before you will be permitted to register for the Fall semester.
Q:
If I am an international applicant, where do I find information about international services?
A:
Any questions regarding international services should be directed to the Office of International Services  or contact them by calling 210-567-6241.
Q:
How can I check the status of my application?
A:
Email gsbsprospect@uthscsa.edu to check application status.
Q:
How do I find out if I am admitted?
A:
Students will be contacted by mail with a letter offering admission to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences by the Dean of the GSBS.
Q:
Where can I find information on tuition and fees ?
A:
Information for tuition and fees can be found here.
Q:
Do I need a Master’s degree to apply for a PhD program?
A:
No, a master’s degree is not required to apply to a doctoral program.
Q:
I took the GRE several years ago.  Do I have to take it again?
A:
Official GRE scores will only be accepted by UTHSCSA if taken within 5 years.
Q:
How do I apply?
A:
All applications are now on line. Students can apply via our website by clicking on the “Apply Online” box on each portal home page of the GSBS website. Instructions for applying are provided on the online application.
Q:
Where do I send my official test scores and transcripts?
A:
Official test scores and transcripts should be sent to:
          The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
          Registrar’s Office-Attn: Graduate School
          7703 Floyd Curl Drive
          MSC 7702
          San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900
Q:
Do transcripts from a foreign degree-granting institution need to be translated by a credentialing company when applying to the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences?
A:
Yes, we require all transcripts be translated by providing a listing of all courses taken and the cumulative grade point average.  This information is important for evaluation by the Admissions Committee and is required before an offer of admission will be considered.
Q:
If I send a transcript translated by a credentialing company, do I still need to mail in an official transcript?
A:
Yes, an official transcript must be mailed to the Office of the Registrar in a sealed envelope by the degree-granting institution(s).  It is not required for this copy to be translated by a credentialing company.
Q:
Where can I get the recommendation forms?
A:
The recommendation forms for the following programs are part of the Graduate School’s on-line application system:
    Integrated Multidisciplinary Graduate Program
    Molecular Medicine
    Radiological Sciences
    Masters in Cellular and Structural Biology
    Masters in Clinical Investigation
    Masters in Physiology
    Masters in Dental Sciences

When applying, you will be prompted to include the email address of up to FIVE contacts from whom recommendation letters are being solicited. A request and recommendation form will be sent out electronically by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences once the application has been submitted.  

Information about recommendations from the following schools/programs may be obtained from associated websites:
      School of  Health Professions
      Biomedical Engineering 
      School of Nursing
      MD/PhD
      DDS/PhD
Q:
Where should I mail the required supporting documents for my online application?
A:
All supporting documents should be mailed to:
      The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
      Registrar’s Office-Attn: Graduate School
      7703 Floyd Curl Drive
      MSC 7702
      San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900
Q:
How many semester credit hours are full-time graduate students required to take each semester?
A:
Students are required to enroll in a minimum of nine credit hours for each Fall and Spring semester and six credit hours for the Summer semester.
Q:
When do graduate students choose a supervising professor to begin their doctoral research?
A:
Doctoral students enrolled in the IMGP, Molecular Medicine, and Radiological Sciences programs begin laboratory rotations in the Fall semester of their first year. They are required to rotate through a minimum of three laboratories before choosing a faculty advisor for their doctoral research in the summer of the first year.
Q:
Is health insurance available for students?
A:
All incoming students are required to show proof of health insurance coverage before registering. New students are offered United Student Health Insurance for Medical Coverage through the Office of Student Services. This coverage does not include a dental or vision plan. Students may purchase health insurance through their own carrier.
Q:
Do graduate students receive financial assistance?
A:
Effective in the fall, 2011 semester all IMGP students will be appointed as graduate research assistants.  IMGP students will receive a stipend of $26,000 for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Resident tuition, fees and basic student health insurance will be paid on their behalf.  This plan will also apply to doctoral students in the basic science programs in Biochemistry, Cellular & Structural Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Pharmacology, and Physiology who were admitted before 2008 as well as to all new and current doctoral students in the Molecular Medicine graduate program.

There are also loans and grants available through the Financial Aid Office. Please refer to the Student Services website to determine if you are eligible.
Q:
Is there anywhere that I can see a listing of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences faculty?
A:
For a listing of faculty and their research interests please peruse the Academic Programs on our GSBS website.
Q:
How safe is the UT Health Science Center?
A:
An Annual Security Report is published by the Health Science Center Police. For more information please contact University Police Dispatch Office at 210-567-2800.
Q:
When do the academic sessions begin?
A:
Please refer to the Academic Calendar for each session.
Q:
What immunizations are required?
A:
Please refer to the Student Immunization Record for a list of required immunizations and signatures requested by the Registrar’s Office before registering for classes.
Q:
What kind of housing is available?
A:
On campus housing or dormitories are not available at the Health Science Center; however, the Office of Student Services maintains a listing of housing information and costs near the campus in the Medical Center.
Q:
What types of recreational activities are available on campus, including intramural sports and workout facilities?
A:
Information on intramural sports, exercise classes and work-out facilities can be found on our Student Services website.
Q:
What is the cost of living in San Antonio?
A:
The low cost of living in San Antonio, makes it an attractive place for graduate student.  We encourage you to use the cost of living calculator, to compare standards of living between San Antonio and any other city.
Q:
I don’t have a car, how difficult is it to get to the main campus?
A:
Several apartment complexes are within walking or biking distance of the campus. There are also city bus routes that make frequent stops around the Medical Center that could transport you anywhere in SanAntonio. 
Q:
How can I arrange a campus visit of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences?
A:
For a group or personal visit, please contact Dr. Sophia Piña at pina@uthscsa.edu or Dr. Nicquet Blake at blaken@uthscsa.edu or call the office at 210-567-3709.
Q:
Does the GSBS host a summer program for undergraduate students?
A:
Yes.  A list of our summer programs and the contact information for each can be found on the following link. 
Q:
Is the student handbook available online?
A:
The Student Guide can be found here.
Q:
Is your question not listed here?
A:
Email us gsbsinquiry@uthscsa.edu or call 210-567-3709.


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