Graduate Training

Genetics Graduate Program Training

The Genetics Program provides a strong and well-balanced graduate study and research training for two types of Masters degrees (thesis and non-thesis) and a Ph.D. degree.

Ph.D. and MS Thesis Degrees

The Ph.D. and Master of Science in Genetics are research degrees. Students in these degree programs participate in three five-week rotations with faculty members working in diverse areas. These laboratory rotations provide students the opportunity to experience different types of research and faculty mentoring styles. Students are expected to select a faculty mentor and begin working on their research project(s) in their second semester of their first year. A preliminary examination is given following the fourth semester of the program. Successful completion of this examination qualifies the student for candidacy for their degree. Students are also required to complete two semesters of supervised teaching experience. Ph.D. students generally complete their program within 5 years, and Master’s students within 3.

Non-Thesis MR Degree

The Master of Genetics degree is a non-thesis, non-research degree. Students seeking this degree are often employed full-time and are seeking to improve their professional credentials. It is possible for students to complete this degree as a part-time student; however, courses are currently only offered during the day. Full-time Master of Genetics students generally completes their program within 2 years.