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18 Characteristics of Doctoral Programs

The 18 Characteristics of Texas Doctoral Programs were developed by the Graduate Education Advisory Committee to create a snapshot of all doctoral programs at public universities and health-related institutions. The information is intended to provide information to the institutions for self-improvement and to serve as a guide to members of the general public who are interested in doctoral education, such as prospective students and their families.


The 18 Characteristics were finalized in 2008. Below is the original memorandum sent to all public institutions offering doctoral programs, which describes the requirements for publication of the 18 Characteristics data. There are also two versions of  the 18 Characteristics:  the originally-approved version in effect for publication of data in 2009, and a revised version to be used for publication of data in 2010.

  18 Characteristics of Texas Doctoral Programs

Texas Public Universities

and Health-Related Institutions

Texas Administrative Code, Title 19 Part 1 Chapter 5 Subchapter C Rule §5.51

Angelo State University

University of Houston

Lamar University

University of Houston-Clear Lake

Prairie View A&M University

University of North Texas

Stephen F. Austin State University

University of North Texas Health Science Center

Sam Houston State University

University of Texas at Arlington

Tarleton State UniversityUniversity of Texas at Austin
Texas A&M International UniversityUniversity of Texas at Brownsville
Texas A&M UniversityUniversity of Texas at Dallas
Texas A&M University-CommerceUniversity of Texas at El Paso
Texas A&M University-Corpus ChristiUniversity of Texas Medical Branch
Texas A&M University-GalvestonUniversity of Texas at Pan American(available under the "About Us" drop menu)
Texas A&M University-KingsvilleUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
Texas A&M University Health Science Center University of Texas at Tyler

Texas Southern University

University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston
 Texas Tech UniversityUniversity of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio
Texas Tech University Health Sciences CenterUniversity of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Texas State University-San Marcos

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Texas Woman's UniversityWest Texas A&M University

If you have questions regarding the 18 Characteristics, please contact the Division of Workforce, Academic Affairs and Research via email: AQW@thecb.state.tx.us


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