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Prospective Students

Why Choose UTMB?

  • The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) comprises more than 300 faculty and 250 graduate students (Graduate Student Organization)
  • Our research is broad and inclusive, ranging from neuroscience to public health, and many things between (link to Degree Programs)
  • UTMB is home to the Galveston National Lab, one of only two National Laboratories with Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4) capabilities located on a U.S. university campus
  • For those students entering the Basic Biomedical Sciences Curriculum, a specially designed, integrated curriculum that allows you to complete your PhD sooner than the national average, with a variety of programs to choose from; 
  • Outstanding research facilities and nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Generous salary ($31,000 in 2019), paid tuition and fees coverage, and comprehensive health insurance, with dental, vision, and dependent coverage available at low cost; for those who qualify
  • Student awards and scholarships, with $280,548 awarded during the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Low cost of living on a semi-tropical island (
  • An unsurpassed atmosphere of collegiality and community among students, faculty, and staff
  • Roughly 1:1 faculty-to-student ratio. The typical lab has two or fewer graduate students, meaning you receive individual attention

Applying to Graduate School

IMPORTANT DATE: Review of applications begins November 1st.

The application must be submitted online. For Fall, the portal is open to apply on the 15th of August. Graduate assistantships are only available to US citizens and permanent residents (green card holders).

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