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[edit] General Graduate School Admission Requirements

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences admission requirements are: a bachelor's degree, undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, and a competitive GRE score*. Also foreign students, who do not have a degree from an english-speaking country must have a TOEFL score of at least 68 (paper-based score at least 550). In addition to the graduate school requirements are program requirements of a bachelor's degree in a natural science or engineering. A degree in some other field must have provided sufficient science and mathematics courses to give the applicant the equivalent of a degree in natural science or engineering.

With regard to the medical physics tracks, the CAMPEP guidelines state that, "Students entering a medical physics graduate program shall have acquireda strong foundation in basic physics. This should be documented by either an undergraduatue degree in physics or a degree in a related engineering or physical science with course work equivalent to a minor in physics (includes at least three upper level undergraduate courses). If applicants with deficiencies in their physics background are conditionally admitted to the program, the provision for remedial training in physics shall be provided."

The UTHSCSA Graduate Program in Radiological Sciences typically receives 75-100 applications for 8-12 available slots per year. Please be aware that the average GRE score was 1224 and the mean undergraduate GPA was 3.34 for students enrolling in our program over the past five years. (The UTHSCSA code for both GRE and TEOFL is #6908).
The on-line application can be found at the following link: [1].

*Note: for students applying to the Human Imaging Curriculum of the Radiation Biology Track, MCAT scores will be accepted in lieu of GRE.

[edit] Programs of Study and Prerequisites

[edit] Research Training

There are a variety of research environments available to students in the graduate program. The Radiology Department's research spans the spectrum from basic research related to molecular imaging, nanotechnology, radio-therapeutics and targeted drug delivery to clinical research dedicated to minimally invasive image guided therapeutics, cardiac MRI imaging and diabetes research. The UTHSCSA Research Imaging Center develops non-invasive imaging and measurement methods, including positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, electrophysiological imaging and the biomedical image analysis, all applied to studying brain function and other basic and clinical research areas. At the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, research on the development and application of new technologies to improve radiation oncology and combination therapies is carried out. There are also several other off-campus clinics and laboratories in which some of our students work.

[edit] Application Review Process

Applications for admission into the Graduate Program in Radiological Sciences, are screened by the COGS' Application Review Committee, throughout the year. Faculty Advisors and funding (where required) are sought for each applicant deemed to be academically adequate. Early acceptance of applicants starts in January and are approved by the COGS on a monthly basis through May.

To be considered for the fall semester, the deadline for applications is March 1st. All application materials must be received by March 1st. Since spaces are taken quickly, applicants are encouraged to have all their materials in by December of the year previous to potential enrollment.

To be considered for the spring semester, the deadline for applications is October 1st. All application materials must be received by October 1st. Admission of students to the Spring term is only granted under exceptional circumstances.

The Application Review Committee will present the candidates for acceptance and rejection to the COGS. By majority vote, an applicant is recommended for either admission or rejection by the COGS. The recommendation is made to the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The applicants are informed, in writing, by the Dean of the action taken on their application and of any contingencies imposed upon acceptance.

Incomplete applications will be held until the beginning of the semester for which a student applies. Afterward, an Admission Recommendation form will be sent to the Associate Dean indicating rejection due to incomplete application materials and noting the specific items that are missing. A student may reapply for the following semester once the application materials are received.

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