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The Genetics Area Program prepares graduates for teaching and research careers in genetics. The curriculum provides broad, individual training tailored to the career objectives of the student.

Degrees Offered

Genetics, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: January 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One or more courses in each of the following: organic chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics (calculus and statistics), physics, introductory genetics
  • Research experience highly desirable
  • Broad background in biology

Note: Deficiencies in the subjects listed can be remedied after admission.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based9317171717
TOEFL Paper-based5805252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE scores

Test Type Verbal+Quantitative Analytical
GRE3024.5

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Genetics Area Program

  • Genetics Area Program application (download form from website)
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (international applicants)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement