12 months
27792 USD/year
27792 USD/year
14144 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Genetics Graduate Program from Michigan State University was developed as an interdepartmental degree-granting program that provides graduate education in the field of genetics, and over 200 alumni have received PhD degrees in Genetics.


The Genetics program is administered through the College of Natural Science, and participating faculty have academic appointments in various MSU departments or institutions affiliated with Michigan State University. 

Program objectives

The objectives of the Genetics Program are to train students for careers in research, teaching, and other science-related fields that rely on a deep understanding of the scientific method and of the nature and significance of genetics and genomics. After training, students should be able to appreciate and contribute to new developments in this rapidly changing field.

  • Degree-granting, interdepartmental program with over 100 faculty participants
  • Financial support through research assistantships and fellowships
  • Enroll through the Biomolecular Science Gateway
  • Laboratory rotations across disciplines
  • Excellent research facilities

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Theory and Practice of Teaching Genetics
  • Genomics and Proteomics of Complex Genetic Systems
  • Quantitative Genetics in Plant Breeding
  • Computational Science for Evolutionary Biologists
  • Theories & Practices in Bioinformatics
  • Principles and Applications of Plant Genomics
  • Experimental Design and Data Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Equivalent to a four-year bachelor's degree that includes coursework that demonstrates proficiency in math and science
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.5
  • Research experience
  • Strong letters of reference that include evaluation of the applicant's research experience
  • The required GRE is only a small part of the decision-making process and is used as one metric to compare applicants from all different backgrounds. Successful BMS applicants have had GRE scores that range from 25 to 99% Verbal, 40 to 99% Quantitative, and 13 to 99% in Analytical writing. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27792 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 27792 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    27792 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27792 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14144 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14144 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for East Lansing

1000 - 1500 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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