Master's Degree in Human Genetics

Genetics Training Program

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 in both general and human genetics. It is designed for individuals seeking advanced training in genetics for employment or research opportunities or for matriculation to competitive Ph.D., M.D. or other advanced degree programs (career opportunities flowchart). The course of study can be completed in one year or extended over a longer time period.

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 domestic and permanent resident students is April 1. International students must apply by March 15. 

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. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (General Exam) or MCAT scores *
    4. TOEFL scores for applicants from non-English speaking countries
    5. Three letters of recommendation, at least one from faculty of a science course
    6. Academic Statement of Purpose and Personal Statement
    7. Resume or CV

Successful applicants for the M.S. Degree Program in Human Genetics will generally have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and competitive standardized test scores but admission decisions will be based on the total package of GPA, GRE or MCAT scores, research or other relevant experience and personal statement

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