PhD in Molecular Genetics and Genomics - Admissions

Admission standards

Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree with major preparation in the sciences. We look for strong enthusiasm and aptitude for scientific research and evidence of ability.  Applicants should have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 majoring in biological or chemical sciences and in most cases will also have experience in a working laboratory environment.

How to apply

You must complete an application at

Admissions for the Fall 2025 term: Applications submitted by December 15, 2024 will be given priority consideration. Applications received later will be considered based on available funding at the time.

Applicants should provide a statement describing their motivation for pursuing a PhD, research experience, interest in genetics and genomics, any specific interests in Center research, and future and career plans.  Applicants must also provide official academic transcripts and have three letters of recommendation sent from faculty who can evaluate the research and academic potential of the student. The Graduate Record Examination is not required. International applicants must be proficient in English and demonstrate above average performance on the TOEFL English proficiency examination. All admission materials should be submitted to Graduate Admissions utilizing their online portal.  Applicants meeting admissions criteria will be selected for interview.

Questions about the program?

For general questions and more information about how to apply, please see the FAQs or contact the CMMG Program Coordinator, Ms. Suzanne Shaw at 313-577-5325 or You may also contact our Graduate Director, Russell Finley, Ph.D., at

Financial Support

No separate application for financial support is required. Ph.D. students accepted into the program are funded by a Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) that includes a competitive stipend, paid tuition, and subsidized medical insurance.