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Genetics (MS) 
Program Description

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.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs -

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.

Graduate College/GIDP  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Angela C Varas
Graduate Program Coordinator
Angela C Varas
Director of Graduate Studies
Melanie Culver
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

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.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE

Also, for International students:
Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

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.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements
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Minor Requirements
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Last revised 30 Jun 2014