SBB students must have completed undergraduate courses of General Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology. Undergraduate courses of Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry are desirable, but not prerequisite. Strong interest in Structural Biology or Biophysics is essential. We accept both US and international students. There are additional requirements for international students (see below).
Graduate students are selected on the basis of prior academic achievement, as well as on degree of motivation and future promise for careers in scientific research and teaching. The Structural Biology and Biophysics Track confers only PhD degrees. Students
entering the program enroll in an academically rigorous degree plan, tailored to their individual backgrounds and interests, with strong emphasis on independent laboratory research.
Students admitted to our program, who are qualified, are guaranteed a generous graduate assistant-ship support throughout their graduate career, as long as they make satisfactory progress toward their degree.
For International Applicants
International students are typically admitted under direct financial sponsorship of a faculty supervisor. International applicants should find SBB faculty willing to sponsor the admission and supervise dissertation research. Please contact the SBB track director before submitting your application. He can assist in finding your sponsor faculty. International applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores and WES-verified transcripts per application instructions in addition to other required documents. A score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR an overall 7.0 on the Academic Examination of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is considered the minimum acceptable for admission to the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.