Why Choose UTMB?

Student Life

  • 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
  • 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
  • A variety of student organizations have a presence on campus, including the Graduate Student Organization

Students & Alumni Highlights

  • Our students have the opportunity to pursue research in 14 different graduate programs. We also offer combined MD-PhD and dual MPH/PhD degrees. Click here to read about the exciting research of our graduate students
  • Our alumni pursue a variety of careers, including academia and research, biotech, pharma, business management, administration, and more. In celebration of the GSBS’s 50th year, a new alumni highlight will be posted online each month. Click here to view the 2019 alumni highlights.

UTMB Data Reference Card

Please click here to view the latest UTMB reference card, which features information about UTMB’s students, faculty, alumni, and more.


  • Generous salary ($31,500 in 2021), 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
  • Access to the Alumni Field House, featuring basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, pool, softball fields, exercise equipment, and more

Facilities & Faculty

  • 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
  • Outstanding research facilities and nationally and internationally recognized faculty
  • Our faculty come from a wide variety of background with expertise in biology, chemistry, statistics, demographics
  • The Moody Medical Library is a quiet place to study, has access to the medical journal and books students and faculty need for their research, and is staffed by professional librarians always available to help


  • Low cost of living on a semi-tropical island (http://www.galveston.com/)
  • UTMB is part of the Gulf Coast Consortia, a collaborative group of seven institutions sharing facilities, resources, and allowing students access to courses across several campuses
  • Proximity to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world; the Center comprises both medical facilities and research centers

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 available to those who qualify.

Other Important Information