The graduate program in the College of Medicine offers doctoral degrees in Medical Sciences through the Texas A&M System Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The recently adopted Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies tract transcends traditional departmental boundaries, offering students the opportunity to do thesis research in any lab in the College of Medicine. Six curricular tracts have been developed: (1) Biochemistry and Structural Biology, (2) Systems/Translational Biology, (3) Cell and Molecular Biology, (4) Neurosciences, and (5) Microbial and Molecular Pathogenesis (6) Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Each tract has its own defined curriculum, which builds on broad-based foundations courses taken by all students in the program.
Research training is available in a wide range of areas in many labs in which a student may choose to work. Most faculty members employ multidisciplinary approaches and/or actively collaborate with other local (College of Medicine or adjacent Texas A&M University) or national/international scientists. Students typically do 3-4 laboratory rotations during their first year. Rotations provide students with a chance to explore new research areas, and identify the research topic and environment that best suits their interests. Incoming students are uncommitted: they can sample each and any curricular tract or research lab. Research facilities are located on both the College Station and Temple campuses.