Applying For Graduate Study

Applying for Graduate Study

We are now accepting applications for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs for the Fall 2020 semester. The deadline to apply for full financial consideration is December 31, 2019. Please contact the Graduate Services Coordinator, Jenni Wilson, if you have any questions.

The Graduate Program in Genetics receives applications each year from prospective students across the US and from many countries throughout the world. The application for admission is exclusively online and is available through the Graduate School website. Candidates for graduate work should have a bachelor’s degree in biological, agricultural, physical or mathematical science and a basic understanding of biological principles and processes.

The program considers the complete application package for every applicant, with a strong focus on transcript, letters of recommendation, and past research experience.

  • The graduate program is academically rigorous. Your transcripts will reflect how strong you perform in the biological, physical and mathematical sciences and your overall academic potential.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) reflects skills that are not directly related to any specific field of study. Graduate students are expected to have strong verbal and quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills. Please contact the program with any questions about the GRE, how to send scores, or whether the test requirement can be waived.

Admission Pathways to the Ph.D. in Genetics

Genetics Program Fellowships

The Genetics Program offers competitive first year fellowships that are awarded to several top applicants each year. Through these fellowships, students will have the opportunity to complete three five-week rotations in multiple labs in order to sample various research interests, faculty mentors, techniques, etc. Rotations will conclude towards the end of the first semester, and students are expected to select their lab home and begin their research project in the second semester of their first year. After their first year is complete, students will continue to be supported through Research Assistantships (RA) or Teaching Assistantships (TA).

Partner Fellowships

The Genetics Program is a partner of the flagship Genetics and Genomics Scholars program (GGS) at NC State and accepts new Ph.D students through this partnership. GG Scholars are awarded competitive one-year graduate fellowships covering stipend, tuition, and benefits. Genetics Ph.D. applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for GGS in order to maximize their funding opportunities.

The Genetics Program also accepts Ph.D. students through partnerships with the AgBioFEWS and LSAMP fellowship programs. We encourage interested and eligible Genetics Program applicants to also apply to these programs.

Direct Recruitment

Applicants may begin contacting faculty throughout their application process if they wish to identify their faculty mentor and lab home before the start of the program. Students who make a successful connection with a faculty mentor that agrees to recruit them will directly enter the lab without completing rotations upon admission into the Genetics Program. Students who select this route may or may not receive first year funding through the Genetics Program Fellowships and may need to rely on their mentor for funding in their first year.