The department provides a strong and well-balanced program of graduate study and research training leading to the PhD degree and two types of Masters degrees.
The PhD and Master of Science in Genetics are research degrees. Students in these degree programs participate in three five-week rotations with faculty members working in diverse areas. These rotations provide students the opportunity to experience different types of research and faculty mentoring styles. Students are expected to select a faculty mentor and begin working on their research project(s) in their second semester. A preliminary examination is given following the fourth semester of the program. Successful completion of this examination qualifies the student for candidacy for their degree. PhD students generally complete their program within 5 years, and Master’s students within 3.
The Master of Genetics degree is a non-thesis, non-research degree. Students seeking this degree are often employed full-time and are seeking to improve their professional credentials. It is possible for students to complete this degree as a part-time student, however courses are currently only offered during the day. Full-time Master of Genetics students generally complete their program within 2 years.