Genetics, PhD

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Field of Study: Genetics

General Requirements

  • Students meet twice per year with Thesis Committee
  • Students meet once per year with Genetics Graduate Education Committee
  • Genetics Student Seminar (weekly attendance, yearly presentation)
  • Genetics Journal Club (weekly attendance, yearly presentation in spring semester)
  • Genetics Retreat (yearly participation, organized by students)
  • Two first-author, peer-reviewed publications


Admissions to the Genetics program may be obtained through the integrated Biomedical Sciences Training Program, by direct admission to the department or via the MSTP program. The following summary pertains to most incoming PhD students, regardless of the route through which they enter the program. Exceptions are occasionally made to reflect previous educational experiences (e.g., a prior MS degree).

Students are admitted to this PhD program through the Biomedical Sciences Training Program (BSTP) or the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

Biomedical Sciences Training Program (BSTP)

The BSTP offers a common entry point to most of the School of Medicine's biomedical PhD programs. BSTP students can choose among research mentors in many different PhD programs in the School of Medicine.

Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Students in the MSTP earn the dual MD/PhD degree. MSTP students also have the choice of mentors in many different PhD programs. The admission requirements of those programs can be viewed on their pages in the Bulletin. Program requirements for the dual can be found on the Medical Scientist Training Program, PhD/Medicine, MD program page.

PhD Policies

For PhD policies and procedures, please review the School of Graduate Studies section of the General Bulletin.