About the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Our graduate students have the unique opportunity to carry out their studies in an environment where findings from cutting edge basic research are being translated directly into cancer care. MD Anderson Cancer Center has received national acclaim as one of the nation’s top two cancer hospitals among “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report, every year since the survey was founded. MD Anderson also has an international reputation of excellence, and has cared for thousands of patients and their families from across the world. 

Each day, dedicated research scientists and clinicians at MD Anderson Cancer Center make significant strides toward the institutional mission of eliminating cancer as a public health threat in Texas, the nation and the world. Graduate students at MD Anderson are a critical element in the fight against cancer, contributing to groundbreaking discoveries in the causes of cancer as well as the best treatments to eradicate the disease. Graduate students work closely with world-renowned experts in such cutting-edge fields as cancer and stem cell biology, cancer immunology, cancer genetics and systems biology of cancer. MD Anderson fosters an environment of dedication, productivity and professionalism, preparing its students to become leaders in the mission to eradicate cancer.


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at:1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4501 for questions about The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  

Characteristics of Doctoral Programs

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) began in December, 2009, to require all public universities and health-related institutions with doctoral programs to collect and publish specified information on their web sites regarding certain Characteristics of Doctoral Programs approved by the Board. The required information for The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston is provided here (PDF).


Dean Michelle Barton, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Michelle Barton, Ph.D.
Dean, MD Anderson Cancer Center


Dean Michael Blackburn, UT Health

Michael Blackburn, Ph.D.
Dean, UTHealth