Research course

Biology of Aging Ph.D. Program

University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio · University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio

Entry requirements

Completion of a Bachelor's or Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent degree from another institution. Completion of two years of undergraduate biology, one year each of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and at least one semester of calculus. Overall GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Months of entry

January, December, November, February

Course content

As the percentage of aging population grows, the need to understand the aging process has become a priority for public health. The Biology of Aging track encompass lectures and laboratory experience in molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms of aging, thereby preparing students to thrive at a unique interface of bioscience and medicine.

More than 160 faculty members at the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies are actively involved in biomedical and clinical research associated with aging, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

The program encompasses lectures and laboratory experience in:

  • Theories of aging;
  • Genetic vs. environmental impacts on aging rates;
  • Experimental paradigms of aging research;
  • Biology of model organisms;
  • Demographic analysis of aging;
  • Comparative and evolutionary biology of aging;
  • Pathobiology of selected organ systems;
  • Recent advances in genetic and environmental treatments that extend life and prevent disease.

Information for international students

The minimum required score for the TOEFL is 68 for iBT. The minimum score for the academic version of the IELTS test is 6.5. Scores for either test must have been taken within two years of applying for admission.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Students receive a stipend of $26,000. Tuition, fees, and basic student health insurance are covered by the program. Typically tuition is covered by the program in the first year and by faculty mentor or other grant sources thereafter.

Qualification and course duration


full time
60 months

Course contact details

Charlotte Anthony