Currently students are admitted only to the PhD program. The MS degree in Genetics is granted occasionally under specific circumstances. For more information about MS program, please email Cora Varas-Nelson or Melanie Culver.
The purpose of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Genetics at The University of Arizona is to facilitate training and research in genetics, genomics and systems biology under an approach that encourages the integration of multiple disciplines. The Genetics GIDP contributes to the recruitment and training of next generation researchers. A goal is to integrate computational approaches (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering) and basic life sciences (Biology: Molecular, Cellular, Evolutionary, Genetics, Neuroscience, etc.). In addition to the traditionally trained biology student, the Genetics program seeks to recruit students with undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and Engineering and train them in life sciences. This program transcends the barriers normally set by department affiliations and traditional disciplines.
The Graduate College sponsors several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDPs) in addition to the many interdisciplinary possibilities available through regular graduate degree programs. GIDPs transcend departmental boundaries by facilitating cutting edge teaching and research at the nexus of traditional disciplines. The high value placed on interdisciplinary research and education is indicative of The University of Arizona's enthusiasm and commitment to fostering innovation and creativity among its faculty and students.
The Graduate College application now includes a method to upload the required Statement of Purpose, electronic copies of all official transcripts, and 3 letters of recommendation. All required documents *must be* uploaded electronically; no paper copies will be accepted during the application process.
Required test(s): GRE
Also, for International students:
Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7
The GIDP receives an allocation of state funds to support students, which is used to support students during their first year of study, after ABBS rotations. Additional support could be allocated to students depending of program funding for second, third or fourth years. Students are also supported by training grants. Typically, the dissertation advisor becomes responsible for the financial support of the student after the first year, and the Genetics program supplements support in specific cases. If students are not being supported by an institutional training grant or individual fellowship, they can also be supported by TA-ships or RA-ships.