With over 600 students and 540 faculty members, you will have a diverse group of potential colleagues, mentors and advisors at Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

But, no need to worry that you will be lost in the crowd. Our graduate programs provide each student a smaller community within the whole. 

Our interdisciplinary programs integrate related research across basic science and clinical departments and academic centers. Because our faculty members have the freedom to elect to join programs based on their research interests rather than being locked into department structure, you will interact with faculty who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to your chosen field of study.

Find Your Fit

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.

Explore the websites of each of our Ph.D. programs to find which ones are right for you. When you complete our free application, you will be asked to select your first and second choice programs.

credit: Circulating breast cancer cells. Credit: National Cancer Institute
Cancer & Cell Biology

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.

credit: NIAID
Chemical, Physical & Structural Biology

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

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

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.

credit: BCM - Beeton Lab
Immunology & Microbiology

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


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

Quantitative & Computational Biosciences

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

Diversity Programs

Diversity Programs

We view fostering diversity and inclusion as a prerequisite for accomplishing our institutional mission and promoting scientific innovation. The graduate school Diversity Program includes initiatives for underrepresented minorities who are currently undergraduate college students, recent college graduates, current Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers.

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.