Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Mission Statement

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences provides an individualized, diverse and multidisciplinary learning environment for students to develop the knowledge, skills and creativity necessary to succeed in evolving biomedical disciplines.

Graduate Programs

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) was established in 1972 and currently hosts doctoral programs in Biomedical Engineering, Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), Nursing Science, Radiological Sciences and Translational Science. A Professional Doctorate in Medical Physics and Master’s degrees in Cell Systems and Anatomy, Clinical Investigation and Translational Science, Biomedical Engineering, Dental Hygiene, Dental Science, Immunology and Infection, and Medical Health Physics are offered. Certificates in Cancer Prevention (CCP) and Translational Science (CTS) are also offered.  

The graduate program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nursing Science is conducted by the faculty of the Health Science Center's School of Nursing and administered through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  The Master of Science and Doctoral Programs in Biomedical Engineering is jointly offered by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Health Science Center and the Graduate School at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). The Translational Science Ph.D. (TS Ph.D.) program is a unique interdisciplinary, joint doctoral degree program involving four Texas Institutions: The University of Texas at San Antonio, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas School of Public Health, San Antonio Regional Campus and the Health Science Center. A Master's program in Clinical Investigation and Translational Science is designed for graduate students and health care professionals interested in the design and conduct of clinical studies. Certificates in Cancer Prevention and in Translational Science are administered through the Master's program in Clinical Investigation and Translational Science.  The Master's degree programs in Dental Science and Dental Hygiene are offered under the joint auspices of the university's School of Dentistry and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. 

These academic programs offered by the GSBS are designed to provide a fundamental foundation of knowledge and scientific inquiry and enable the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to assert its primary objective of educating students committed to the advancement of knowledge in contemporary areas of the biomedical sciences. Our educational and research faculty are housed in all five schools of the Health Science Center. A compelling aspect of graduate education in a health science center is the opportunity for graduate students to interface with health professionals with diverse technological and conceptual capabilities and perspectives in the biomedical sciences. These programs provide opportunities for graduate students to become competent in a specialized field, to attain excellence in the conduct of research, and to gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of biomedical sciences. Our graduate programs in a prominent academic health science university also provides an environment where scientific inquiry can synergize with the healing professions to guide our science in seeking solutions to even the most vexing biomedical issues plaguing mankind. Detailed information about these graduate programs is provided in this Catalog.

The proof of accomplishment or enduring value of any educational process must be accounted in the demonstrated productivity and academic achievement of the graduates of the program. Without question, the doctoral and masters programs of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences have, during the past four decades, achieved outstanding success in their educational mission of preparing professional scientists who function well in academic, industrial, and government sectors.

There is a diversity of talent, but also a unity of purpose in teaching and mentoring students in an exciting array of interdisciplinary and discipline-based fields of study and research. 

Non-Degree Program

An individual who wishes to enroll in courses in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences without entering a formal degree program must apply for admission as a non-degree student. The basic requirements for such admission are the same as those for degree-seeking students except letters of recommendation and the GRE are not required. Non-degree applicants are also required to provide authorization for a security background and sanction check to be performed at the time of admission. 

A non-degree student must receive approval of registration each semester by the Dean of the Graduate School and by the instructor of each course and maintain a grade point average of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in courses taken as a non-degree student.  Non-degree students can register for a maximum course load of twelve semester hours in the fall or spring semesters. In general, students may not register as a non-degree student for more than four consecutive semesters. 

All grades received as a non-degree student will be included in the graduate student's transcript and in computation of the cumulative GPA if the student is admitted subsequently to a graduate program. Under special circumstances, such as the computation of the GPA to determine academic probation, the Dean may grant exceptions to this policy. The grading policy for non-degree students are the same as those for degree-seeking students. 

Non-degree student status will not be granted to premedical students for the purpose of taking School of Medicine courses. International students currently residing abroad should consult with the Office of International Services prior to applying for the program. Only degree-seeking applicants are eligible to apply for a student visa status.

Committees on Graduate Studies (COGS)

Each program is supervised by a Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) composed of members of the graduate faculty of that program. The COGS is responsible for establishing admission requirements specific to the program, recommending approval or denial of admission of applicants to the program, overseeing academic curricula, monitoring its students' academic progress in didactic and research activities, attesting eligibility for admission to candidacy for a degree, and verifying to the Graduate Faculty Council that the student has fulfilled all requirements for the awarding of the degree. The COGS Chair is the administrative head of each program. The COGS Chair is the voting representative of the program on the Graduate Faculty Council and serves as the liaison officer between the COGS and the Graduate School Dean's Office on all matters pertaining to applicant and student affairs. In several of the programs, one graduate faculty member serves as both Graduate Advisor and COGS Chair. The advisor serves as a counselor on academic matters and monitors the student's progress in (a) successfully completing contingencies of admission and course requirements of the program, and (b) selecting an area of research specialization.

The Graduate Faculty Council has the responsibility to establish and maintain policies and regulations on matters of graduate education common to all programs administered by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. These include such matters as general academic requirements for admission to graduate study and to candidacy, for continuation of studies, and awarding of a degree; standards of student professional conduct; grading systems; graduate program review; and criteria for thesis and dissertation research, its supervision, and its defense. Each COGS is responsible to the Graduate Faculty Council and submits recommendations on various graduate program matters, including the granting of a degree, to the Council for review and action.

The Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is the administrative head of the graduate programs and serves as the Chair of the Graduate Faculty Council. Ex-officio nonvoting members of the Council include the Dean, the Associate Dean(s) of the Graduate School, the Assistant Dean(s) of the Graduate School, the Director of Doctoral Studies in the School of Nursing, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs for the School of Health Professions and the School of Dentistry, and the Registrar. The voting members of the Council consist of the COGS chairs of each graduate program. A student representative can be elected from each of the following graduate student constituencies to serve as non-voting members of the Council: Graduate Student Association, dentistry, nursing, and health professions.