24 months
25548 USD/year
25548 USD/year
12220 USD/year
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Graduate training in Genetics at the University of Wisconsin Madison emphasizes study and research leading to a Ph.D. degree in genetics. A master's degree in medical genetics with specialized training in genetic counseling are also available. 


The Laboratory of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin Madison is the oldest and one of the finest centers of genetics in the nation. It is highly regarded for its research contributions in the areas of disease genetics, cell biology, neurogenetics, developmental genetics, gene expression, genomics, evolutionary and population genetics, and computational biology. 

The laboratory consists of two departments: Genetics, in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences; and Medical Genetics, in the School of Medicine. Although administratively distinct, these two departments function as one at both the faculty and student levels.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding in the principles of genetics and heredity in all organisms. They will develop particular expertise in at least one of the broad subject areas of the doctoral program.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of major current and past theories, research findings and methodologies and techniques in genetics, with particular expertise in their area of concentration, both orally and in writing.
  • Develop critical thinking skills. They will retrieve and examine scientific literature, evaluate evidence for and again hypotheses, identify knowledge gaps, strengths and weaknesses in existing literature, synthesize knowledge, develop conclusions, and formulate plans for moving the current state of knowledge forward.
  • Demonstrate research expertise in genetics by presenting to their supervisory committee a research report based on their own experimental work or based on critical review of original peer-reviewed literature on a topic of current interest in genetics.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Advanced Genetics 
  • Genetics of Development
  • Methods and Logic in Genetic Analysis 
  • Ethics in Science 
  • Genetics of Development
  • Methods and Logic in Genetic Analysis 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • For admission to graduate study in genetics, the student should have earned a grade average of B or better and completed a B.S. or B.A. degree in a recognized college or university.
  • There are no specific requirements in supporting fields, but students are encouraged to acquire adequate background in mathematics, physics, and biology. 
  • Undergraduate research experience is also strongly recommended in order to be competitive.
  • a resume
  • a personal statement that discusses the reasons for pursuing a genetics degree
  • an  transcript of undergraduate college or university coursework
  • three or more letters of recommendation
  • a report, if appropriate, of scores received on either the TOEFL or IELTS exams of English language proficiency
  • any other information or documentation that would help the admissions committee evaluate an applicant's potential for success in graduate study

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    12220 USD/year
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1015 - 1752 USD /month
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