About the Program
Many who graduate from the Human Genetics program at Virginia Commonwealth University work in academic, governmental or industrial research laboratories or teach at the high school or college level. Additionally, many of our graduates further their training by completing doctoral or other advanced degrees at VCU or other leading research-based institutions.
The M.S. degree requires at least two years of study for students entering with a B.S. or B.A. degree, and must be completed within five years.
Students working toward the M.S. degree focus on their coursework during the first year and then primarily focus on their original research project during the second year, although students enroll in courses and perform laboratory research during both years of M.S. training. Each student must conduct an original investigation under the supervision of an adviser, prepare a thesis reporting the results of their research project and analyze its significance in relation to existing scientific knowledge. Students are expected to develop knowledge of their chosen area of inquiry and a mastery of laboratory research skills to a level that makes them competitive for additional graduate training, a career in laboratory research, or a career in teaching.
- Advanced Human Genetics
- Classic Papers in Human Genetics
- Experimental Methods in Human Genetics
- Current Literature in Human Molecular Genetics
- Data Science
- Clinical Genetics
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesBiology Human Medicine Genetics View 496 other Masters in Genetics in United States
- Applicants to our M.S. program must have earned a baccalaureate (i.e. bachelor’s) degree (or its equivalent) in the biological, chemical or related sciences by the time of enrollment.
- Successful applicants will have completed undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry through organic chemistry, genetics and mathematics through calculus.
- Typically, we target applicants with previous grade point averages of at least 3.0
- Verbal and quantitative GRE scores at the 45th percentile or higher, and at least some research experience
- International applicants must have demonstrated an acceptable level of English proficiency by achieving a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS
- We take a holistic approach when evaluating applications, though, and strength in one or more aspects of an application can compensate for another area that is not as strong
International25956 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
National25956 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25956 USD per year during 24 months.
In-State12618 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Richmond
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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