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 may complete an application at

Applications submitted by December 15, 2020 will be given priority consideration. Application received later will be considered based on avaiable funding at the time.

Applicants should provide a statement describing their interest in genetics and genomics, research experience, and future and career plans.  Applicants must also provide official academic transcripts and three letters of recommendation sent directly to us. The Graduate Record Examination is optional (not required), but if taken, the scores should be sent directly to us. International applicants must be proficient in English and demonstrate above average performance on the TOEFL English proficiency examination. All admission materials should be sent directly to the CMMG Program Coordinator Ms. Suzanne Shaw (, Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics. 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 If you would like to talk with our Graduate Officer Professor Russell Finley, Ph.D. about the program please feel free to contact him 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.