Master's Degree in Human Genetics


The field of Human Genetics has grown dramatically in recent years, in large part due to rapid advances in new technologies for discovery and the explosion of new data and resources. Human Genetics interfaces with multiple research and clinical disciplines, with new opportunities for those with advanced training in basic science, clinical diagnostics and industry. The Master's Degree Program (M.S.) in Human Genetics provides focused graduate training through both coursework and laboratory research. It is designed for individuals seeking advanced training in genetics for employment research opportunities or for matriculation to competitive Ph.D., M.D. or other advanced degree programs. Over the past six years, 100% of our graduates have obtained employment or academic placement in areas of choice.  The course of study can be completed in 2-4 semesters.

The Human Genetics MS program includes both Research and Coursework-only tracks.

Research Track: The research track allows graduate students to learn from and contribute to ground-breaking research being performed within the Department of Human Genetics. Students in this track typically matriculate in the summer or fall concurrent with acceptance into the laboratory of a faculty mentor in Human Genetics. Students will take courses and conduct laboratory research during the Fall and Winter terms culminating with acceptance of a written M.S. thesis to be completed in the summer term.

Coursework Track: The coursework-only track is a non-research track most suitable for applicants interested in matriculating to medical, law or other professional programs. Students in this track typically matriculate in the fall and complete course work during Fall and Winter terms.

The course of study in either track supports the development of critical thinkers, as students learn from world-renowned leaders in the field of Human Genetics. Students enjoy multiple opportunities for close mentorship by these experts, as well as the ability to take electives in related departments within the Medical School and elsewhere in the University of Michigan community.

Admission to the Human Genetics MS Program

The application deadline for International students is March 15th; April 1st for domestic applicants.

Prerequisites and Admission Requirements:

  1. Undergraduate degree: B.S. or B.A. Most students major in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics mathematics or related field, although this is not an absolute requirement *
  2. Transcripts documenting coursework in biology, biochemistry, statistics, and genetics
  3. TOEFL scores for applicants from non-English speaking countries
  4. Three letters of recommendation, at least one from faculty of a science course
  5. Academic Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement
  6. Resume or CV

* Successful applicants for the M.S. Degree Program in Human Genetics will generally have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, but admission decisions will be based on the total package of GPA, research and other relevant experience, statement of purpose and personal statement. GRE scores are not required for Fall 2024 applications.

Questions about the program or application process? See our FAQ section.