TYLER – The University of Texas System Board of Regents today approved a new program that would offer two new graduate-level degrees for UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
The program still must gain approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board before it could be implemented.
The approved program in cancer biology would offer two new degrees, an M.S. and Ph.D. The program is within the Division of Basic Science Training and is designed to provide in-depth training and practical experience for graduates committed to careers in cancer research. The program would provide the necessary skills to prepare graduates to succeed in careers in academia, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and clinical research. Students involved with the program would have access to a diverse interdisciplinary faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and shared instrumentation and research cores.
Serving the educational and health care needs of Texans for more than 125 years, the UT System is one of the nation's largest higher education systems with 15 campuses – including nine academic and six health institutions – and an annual operating budget of $10.7 billion (FY 2008). Student enrollment exceeded 194,000 in the 2007 academic year. The UT System confers one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates three-fourths of Texas health care professionals. With more than 80,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in Texas.