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Program/Degree
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, population genetics, evoulaitonary 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, Cancer 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.

Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs - http://gidp.arizona.edu/

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.

 
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.

 
College
Graduate College/GIDP  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Angela C Varas
520-626-1452
Graduate Program Coordinator
Angela C Varas
520-626-1452
Director of Graduate Studies
Melanie Culver
520-626-3775
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
520-621-3484
 
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
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

Applicants must complete at least a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent prior to enrollment in the Program.  Examples of undergraduate majors that normally constitute satisfactory preparation for graduate work in Neuroscience include but are not limited to: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Neurobiology, Neuroscience and Psychology.

The Genetics GIDP program does not have absolute criteria for GPA or GRE scores, characteristics of a strong application will generally include:

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Competitive GRE scores
  • 3 strong letters of recommendation from college professors, one of whom served as advisor for an independent research study; international students should provide at least one letter from a scientist who works in or is known well the U.S. system
  • A strong personal statement indicating basis for interest in genetic graduate study in neuroscience, relevant background, and career goals

The Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates the entire admissions file. Deficiencies in one or two of the areas described above should not discourage interested applicants from applying.

 All required documents *must be* uploaded electronically; no paper copies will be accepted during the application process.

 
Standardized Tests

The following is a summary of all materials that should be prepared submitted online prior to the application deadline (December 1 for PhD) in order to complete your application:

  • Graduate College Application for Genetics: https://apply.grad.arizona.edu/ 
  • Scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Scanned copies of transcripts from each college or university attended
  • A Personal Statement (see below)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (follow the instruction on the Graduate College application)
  • International students must submit TOEFL scores 

It is recommended that you keep a hard-copy of all online forms, in case there are technical problems with online transmission.

If you are admitted, you will be required to submit 2 copies of your transcripts to:

Cora Varas-Nelson
Genetics GIDP
1548 E. Drachman St.
Tucson, AZ 85721-047
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 8572-0476
 

Problems submitting your application should be addressed to Cora Varas-Nelson, Program Coordinator, at cora@email.arizona.edu (520) 626-1452.

Personal Statement:

Your personal statement should be between 1000-1500 words long, and might include a discussion of your long-range goals; your reasons for pursuing an advanced degree; your interest in our program; information on your prior research experience or teaching (if any); and topics in genetics that are of particular interest to you and that might serve as the focus of your graduate program.

Letters of recommendation

All applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. These letters should be current or former advisors or instructors, and may address your previous research or laboratory experience, your academic qualification, your scientific potential, and your motivation for graduate work.

Required test(s):

Candidates for admission are required to take the Verbal/Quantitative/Analytical Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores from the advanced examinations (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, psychology) may also be included in the application, but are not required.

International students are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Minimum TOEFL: a score of 550 (paper based) or 79 (iBT) or higher.

 
Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The genetics program only accepts students for masters under special circunstances.

The current funding package for masters students depends of the sources of funds of their faculty major advisor.

the Genetics GIDP Program makes every effort to provide financial support to our students throughout their academic careers.

 
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
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
Student Handbook
http://genetics.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/uagc_page/program_in_genetics_handbook_09_2017.pdf  
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Last revised 13 Sep 2017