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Application Process

The Translational Science PhD program utilizes a single application source through the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Applicants have the responsibility for the timely submission of application materials to the TS PhD program in order to meet the deadlines established by each institution’s Graduate School for registration and course enrollment.

Please click here for the online application for the TS PhD program.

The online application for the TS PhD program is available here.

Required documentation for All Applicants includes (see Admission Requirements for additional details):

    • Online application
    • College/university transcripts (official)
    • Letters of recommendation (3)
    • Personal Statement
    • Curriculum Vitae

In addition, for Foreign Nationals:

    • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores
    • Visa

In addition, for Licensed Health Care Professionals:

    • Medical license/certificate

Official test scores and transcripts should be sent to:
Registrar’s Office
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive, MC 7702
San Antonio, TX  78229-3900
Institution Code:  6908

Requests for an exemption to general admission requirements that are not addressed in the online application should be addressed to the TS PhD Program Director at:

Translational Science PhD Program
c/o Giovanna D’Ambra
Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Center
7703 Floyd Curl Drive, MC 6220
San Antonio, TX  78229-3900

International Students: Applicants from outside the U.S. who possess the qualifications or equivalents outlined in Admission Requirements are eligible to apply to the TS PhD Program.  Any international applicant accepted into the program will be required to have an F-1 student visa, and as a stipulation of the F-1 student visa must be a full-time student in the program.  Students with other visas will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Application Review

Once complete, all application documents and required admission materials will be made available to the Admissions Committee of the TS Committee on Graduate Studies (TS COGS), which may be the full TS COGS.   The Admissions Committee will review each application individually and will consider the applicant’s personal statement, undergraduate and graduate course work and degree(s), scores on the TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo (if applicable), letters of recommendation, CV, and all other required documentation submitted with the online application.  Top scoring applicants will be invited for interview with one or more of the Admissions Committee/TS COGS members and/or the Program Director, which may be conducted in-person, by phone, or online

Home Institution Designation

Each student in the TS PhD Program must declare a Home institution.  The home institution will be the institution of record for admission, dissertation research, and graduation, and it will be the primary institution for fees, financial aid, student health services, and other student services.

Based on the information provided in the application and at interview, a Home institution that best meets the needs and interests of the applicant will be determined by the TS COGS Admissions Committee or TS COGS. Agreement must be reached between the applicant and the committee or the TS PhD Program Director prior to forwarding a recommendation for admission to the selected Home institution.

Applicant Selection

Following review and interview, the Admissions Committee will present each application to the full TS COGS and make a recommendation to accept or decline the application.

Approved Applicants.  After sequential review by the Admissions Committee, the TS COGS, and the Graduate School of the Home institution, approved applicants will be formally notified by the Graduate Dean of the Home institution and will be matriculated into the TS PhD Program through the approved Home institution.  All application materials for matriculated students will be forwarded to the home institution to be part of the student’s record.

Non-Approved Applicants.  The TS COGS, under signature of the Program Director, will notify applicants who are not accepted into the TS PhD Program.

Application to the UT School of Public Health

The UT School of Public Health (UTSPH) is a collaborating institution for the TS PhD, and both core and elective courses will be offered at UTSPH.  Enrollment in TS PhD courses at UTSPH will require a separate application as a non-degree-seeking student (NDS) and admission.  Application deadlines for UTSPH are:

    • April1 (Summer)
    • July 1 (Fall)
    • November 1 (Spring)

Additional information about application to the UTSPH is available here.

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