General and specific requirements for degrees may be altered in successive catalogs. A student is bound by the requirements of the catalog in force at the time of his/her admission; however, a student must complete all requirements within seven years or be subject to degree requirements of subsequent catalogs. The student who is required to or chooses to fulfill the requirements of a subsequent catalog must have his/her amended degree plan approved by the dean of the School of Health Professions.

Processing a Returning Student for Bachelor's Degree

The following steps are required for processing a student who completes prerequisites within four years after completion of course work at MDAnderson's School of Health Professions and returns to obtain a bachelor's degree.

All steps listed below should be completed prior to first day of term

  • Student should contact the program directly to obtain permission to return for a bachelor's degree
  • Student should request a Returning Student Form from the Registrar for University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston by emailing:
  • Returning Student Form needs to be completed by the returning student and signed by both the program director and the dean of the school
  • Returning Student Form must then be submitted to Registrar's Office along with a completed new Residency Core Questionnaire
  • Returning student will be enrolled in Special Topics Course after proof of completion of outstanding prerequisites has been confirmed on official transcripts from institutions attended during interim period

Graduating with Honors

Based on UTMDACC grade-point average on July 15 of the graduating year, all students meeting the requirements outlined below will be recognized at the commencement ceremony:

Magna Cum Laude 3.7 – 3.899 recognition with silver cords

Summa Cum Laude 3.9 - 4.0 recognition with gold cords

Outstanding Student of the Year
Recognition with a gold sash

Each program will select one Outstanding Student of the Year, however, all students earning a MDACC 3.8 GPA and rank in the top one-third of the class on July 15 are eligible for consideration.

Outstanding Student Assessment Criteria

The selected Outstanding Student:

  • exhibits outstanding leadership qualities,
  • is highly motivated to work within the profession,
  • is consistently reliable,
  • demonstrates excellent communication skills,
  • has an outstanding ability to work with others,
  • effectively works independently,
  • demonstrates a high degree of maturity, and
  • is an excellent example of MD Anderson's Core Values of Caring, Integrity and Discovery.

Selection Process and Criteria

  1. The Program Faculty will rate each student using the Outstanding Student assessment criteria.
  2. The Program Director will select adjunct, clinical, and/or non-primary program faculty to evaluate the students creating a 1:1 ratio with primary SHP Faculty.
  3. The average assessment score will be added to the student's July15th MDACC grade-point-average. The student earning the highest score will receive this recognition.
  4. In the event there is a tie, the Program Director will make the final decision.