Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Graduate School Programs


Your program will provide a home base, setting your required coursework and qualification requirements and providing a network of faculty and students who share your interests. However, when selecting laboratories in which to rotate, and ultimately the one in which you will pursue your dissertation research, all the resources of BCM are open to you. You have the freedom to find your home in the laboratory of any of the members of the graduate faculty.


Cancer & Cell Biology

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Pursue broad, interdisciplinary training in the fundamentals of normal cell function and cancer, emphasizing a wide spectrum of genomic analyses to growth, invasion and metastasis.

Chemical, Physical & Structural Biology

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Develop new technologies and innovative methods and apply them to achieve a deeper understanding of biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology in human health and disease.

Development, Disease Models & Therapeutics

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Work at the interface of developmental biology, physiology, health and disease using diverse disease models to understand the biology of human diseases that can impact all stages of life and develop diagnostic and therapies to treat them.

Genetics & Genomics

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Contribute to our understanding of fundamental genetic principles and use the insights you gain to guide the development of new treatment options to improve human health.

Immunology & Microbiology

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Investigate the importance of interactions between microbes, their hosts and the immune system in human health and disease.


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Acquire intensive training in one particular approach to neurobiological research while also gaining a strong background in other areas of neurobiology.

Quantitative & Computational Biosciences

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Develop new quantitative modeling methods and advanced computational approaches to advance understanding of biological systems and improve human health.

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If you are interested in a career focused on translating biomedical discoveries into molecular medicine advances to benefit human health, you may elect to apply for the Clinical Translational Research Certificate of Added Qualification Program during your first or second year of graduate school. 


Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Training Program (SMART) is a paid 9-week experience for undergraduate students providing them with an opportunity to conduct research in a specific research area of interest. In addition, students will be provided professional development opportunities and weekly seminar series.


Post-Baccalaureate Programs

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Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP): The PREP program is a 12-month program program funded by the National Institute of Health. It is designed to proper college graduates with the skills and knowledge to enter and succeed in graduate programs. The program includes mentored research, foundational coursework opportunities, professional development, and application workshops.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences and Health Equity (BSHEq): The BSHEq program is a 12-month program, designed for college graduates wishing to enhance their applications into medical or health professions programs. The program includes MCAT test preparation, shadowing and community service opportunities, and graduate coursework.

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Physician Scientist Training Programs


Baylor College of Medicine offers two programs designed to prepare graduates with passions for discovery and patient care to become independent investigators in both basic research and clinical investigation. 

Medical Scientist Training Program
The Medical Scientist Training Program provides integrated scientific and medical training leading to the dual M.D./Ph.D. degree to highly motivated students with outstanding research and academic potential seeking a career as a physician- scientist. Students complete the Ph.D. portion from among the diverse graduate program options at Baylor College of Medicine as well as Rice University Bioengineering Graduate Program.

Clinical Scientist Training Program (BCM Employees only)
The Clinical Scientist Training Program is designed for junior faculty and senior residents or sub-specialty fellows at Baylor College of Medicine. The program offers Ph.D. (for faculty only) and M.S. (for faculty and senior residents/fellows) degrees in clinical investigation.


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Located in the heart of the world’s largest medical complex, within one of the nation’s most diverse cities, BCM is we are ranked among the top biomedical research institutions in the nation.

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