24 months
25956 USD/year
25956 USD/year
12618 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Human Genetics program at Virginia Commonwealth University prepares students for careers in research and teaching by developing their knowledge of the field and skills in laboratory techniques as well as writing, critical thinking, data interpretation, study design, and literature research.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Human Genetics
  • Classic Papers in Human Genetics
  • Experimental Methods in Human Genetics 
  • Current Literature in Human Molecular Genetics
  • Data Science 
  • Clinical Genetics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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

Tuition Fee

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    25956 USD/year
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  • National

    25956 USD/year
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  • In-State

    12618 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12618 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Richmond

1071 - 1750 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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