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Applied Genomics

University of Connecticut

24 months
26304 USD/year
26304 USD/year
11688 USD/year
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The past several years have marked many milestones in genetics research with the sequencing of the genomes of humans and a number of other model organisms. The Applied Genomics program is offered at University of Connecticut.


The Professional Science Master’s in Applied Genomics at University of Connecticut is a program that was designed to train students for employment in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, diagnostic, government and academic sectors. This program differs from traditional coursework M.S. (with its emphasis on discipline competency through formal, theoretical coursework), and the traditional thesis M.S. (with its emphasis on research in specific subject area and a formal thesis that is publicly defended). The Professional Master’s Degree captures the best of both traditional degrees while adding a unique laboratory training, internship and professional development training elements that are needed for successful performance in business or corporate environments.

One key component of the training are short, intensive modular classes where participants learn specific techniques over the course of two to five days. Some of these “modules” are offered during the semester such as “Introduction to Molecular Techniques” and “Real-Time PCR” while other more advanced modules are taught during the Winter and Summer sessions. These can include “Introduction to the Illumina MiSeq” where students learn how to perform Next-Generation Sequencing and “Advanced Liquid Handling” where students learn how to operate robots that setup PCR reactions. In our PSM cohort classes, students learn lab management and communication. During professional development speakers from the industry and alumni from companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and diagnostic areas as well as from government and academic laboratories come and provide our students with learning and networking opportunities. The final component of the training is a 3-month internship where students work full-time in a company or laboratory.

How are internships and contacts with potential employers made?

  • Through our cohort classes students learn how to find employment opportunities and by attending our professional development hour students build a network of contacts. This provides our students with the tools for finding internship opportunities in coordination with the director of the PSM program. In addition, we work closely with some organizations that have internships set aside for our PSM students or alert us to internship opportunities, which we disseminate to our students. Examples of where our students have done their internships include The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Boehringer-Ingelheim, AxioMx, Genomas, and the NYU Genomics Center.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cancer Cell Biology and Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Forensic Applications of DNA Science
  • Biosynthesis of Nucleic Acids & Proteins
  • Virology
  • Genetic Engineering and Functional Genomics
  • Molecular Genetic Approaches to Developing Systems
  • Genome Dynamics and Epigenetics
  • Problems in the Genetics of Eukaryotes
  • Molecular Aspects of Genetics
  • Current Advances in Epigenetics
  • Current Topics in Molecular Evolution
  • Independent Study – Genetics or Genetics Journal Club
  • Investigation of Special Topics – Concepts of Genetic Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


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Other requirements

General requirements

You must hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.The Graduate School does not require a third-party credential evaluation, however we accept evaluations from the following services:

  • NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) or
  • AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators)
If your degree is a 3 year bachelor’s degree from India, Canada, Australia, Sri Lanka or certain other countries, we will not consider the degree to be equivalent with a 4 year US bachelor’s degree. Even if the degree has been evaluated as a 4 year degree by an outside credential evaluator that is a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) or AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators), we will not consider the degree to be equivalent with a 4 year US bachelor’s degree.TranscriptsPersonal Statement of Purpose

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26304 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13152 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    26304 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13152 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    11688 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5844 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Storrs

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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