School Spotlight: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

UTHSCSA offers the IBMS doctoral program, which offers students the flexibility to combine multiple disciplines into a single degree.

Today we’ll be spotlighting the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA), which is home to one of the nation’s foremost aging research centers and offers multiple doctoral and masters programs. In particular, we’ll take a look at the Graduate School of Biomedical Science’s doctoral program in Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBMS).


Target GRE score 315
Application deadline March 15
Required Courses 1 year Inorganic Chemistry, with lab
1 year Organic Chemistry, with lab
1 year Physics
1 semester of Calculus or Statistics
Biology 2 years, courses for biology majors



What is the IBMS degree?

UTHSCSA’s doctoral IBMS program aims to integrate seven distinct disciplines: Biology of Aging; Cancer Biology; Cell Biology; Infection, Inflammation, and Immunity; Molecular Biophysics; Neuroscience; and Physiology and Pharmacology. Students are given the freedom to tailor the degree to their own interests. According to the school,

To accomplish this mission, trainees choose coursework, an area of research, and a mentor based on their interests and professional goals.

Like any doctoral program, IBMS expects students to be self motivated and allows Ph.D. candidates the flexibility to explore the fields they’re truly passionate about.


UTHSCSA leads the nation in aging research.

UTHSCSA leads the nation in aging research.

In addition to being located in the churro capital of the world, UTHSCSA is also one of Texas’ foremost research centers. In 2015, the health science center was awarded $4,944,193 in NIH grant funding, which places it right below Harvard University in grants awarded and makes UTHSCSA the 7th highest grant recipient in the state of Texas. Further, the school is known for its top-tier aging research center, and just last year it was announced that UTHSCSA would receive two prestigious grants from the National Institute on Aging, worth $7 million over 5 years. One of these grants also establishes a Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, of which there are only 15 nationally. As you can see, UTHSCSA is at the forefront of scientific research, particularly for aging research, and any graduate of their program would be well prepared to lead biomedical research into the future.

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