Graduate Program


The NC State University Genetics Graduate Program was established in 1952 and is one of the longest-running genetics graduate programs in the USA. The graduate training faculty are a highly interactive group performing research in all aspects of genetics from molecules to populations. Our research encompasses behavioral genetics, biomedical genetics, computational genetics and bioinformatics, evolutionary, population and quantitative genetics, and molecular, cellular and developmental genetics. Our faculty utilizes a wide range of traditional and non-traditional model systems in their research. We consider graduate students to be professionals in training. The Program provides broad and comprehensive well-rounded professional training in genetics academia, research, and teaching experience. Students are intimately involved in program activities and have a strong voice in shaping the program. The Genetics Graduate Program also provides flexible academic pathways tailored to meet the background and career goals of the individual student.

Graduate Program FAQs

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  • GRE
  • Application fee ($75 for domestic and US permanent residents, $85 for international)
  • One unofficial transcript from each previously attended college or university
  • Three recommendations, submitted via the online application
  • Personal Statement
  • Proof of English Proficiency (non-US citizen applicants only)

  • Graduate students are expected to have strong verbal and quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. Competitive applicants will have strong percentile scores in all categories, and have scored above the 85th percentile in the quantitative portion of the GRE.

  • Masters of Genetics (MR), non-thesis
  • Masters of Science in Genetics (MS), thesis
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics (PhD)
  • Graduate Minor in Genetics

  • Genetics graduate students are supported on Research and Teaching Assistantships (RA and TA). Specific pay varies depending on the assistantship, and students are paid bi-weekly.
  • The Graduate School also provides financial support through the GSSP. The Graduate Student Support Plan (GSSP) is a competitive support package used to attract top students to NC State University. Graduate students that meet the requirements below are eligible to receive health insurance and tuition support (for a limited number of semesters).
    • Supported on a qualifying graduate assistantship (teaching or research) or fellowship of, at least, $666.67 per month.
    • Meet the minimum enrollment requirement – full-time – at all times.
    • Enrolled in an on-campus master’s or doctoral program. Distance Education and Graduate Certificate programs do not qualify for the Graduate Student Support Plan.

  • The Genetics Graduate Program only admits new students for the Fall semester.

  • No. During their first semester, students will complete rotations in at least three different faculty labs. Based on these rotations, students will choose the professor they would like to work with by the start of their second semester.

  • Admitted students are not required to participate in any program activities prior to their first semester, but some students choose to do so. Options include:
    • Contacting faculty and starting lab rotations early
    • Participating in summer workshops or continuing education courses

The BD Fellowship award supports 12 dedicated graduate students from domestic underrepresented minority backgrounds who are pursuing graduate studies in STEM programs at NC State University in the Colleges of Sciences and Engineering.

  • Quick Facts:
    • Stipend of $32,000 annually for first two years
    • Tuition, fees, and student health insurance waiver for first two years
    • Traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders) who are seeking to obtain a PhD are eligible to apply
  • More information and a link to the application can be found here: