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Candidates for the doctoral program are expected to have a strong undergraduate background in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics with an overall GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
GREs are not required, but highly recommended. We will waive the GRE requirement for applicants who demonstrate a strong record in relevant STEM courses such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, molecular genetics, etc and have attained
an overall STEM GPA of >3.5.
The GRE is administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, and should be taken so that results are available by Jan. 15 of the admission year.
Candidates for the MS program are expected to have a strong undergraduate background in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
GREs are not required, but highly recommended. We will waive the GRE requirement for applicants who demonstrate a strong record in relevant STEM courses such as organic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, molecular genetics, etc and have
attained an overall GPA of >3.5.
The GRE is administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, and should be taken so that results are available by March 1 of the admission year.
Your goals for obtaining a MS degree in our department are very important towards the admissions process. Students who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. can enroll in the MS program as part-time students. Typically the part-time students
complete the non-thesis program (5 year maximum time for MS degree). Courses are typically taught during the day and there are no on-line courses that fulfill the MS degree requirements at this time.
Full time students can complete the MS degree in about 15 months (non-thesis). Students in the thesis-based MS degree may need an additional 4-6 months to complete the necessary research for their thesis.
Applicants for the Doctoral Programs are encouraged to submit application materials by December 15, 2023 for matriculation in the Fall Semester of 2024. Applications submitted up until January 15, 2024 will be considered, pending availability
Applications for the Master's Program are due by March 1, 2024, for matriculation in the Fall Semester of 2024.
Applications submitted online can take up to two days to process, so please do not contact the department to see if one has been received for at least two days after submission. You will be contacted when your application is complete, or if items are
The following items are to be submitted directly online with the application process found on the Graduate School Online Apply website.
Regular U.S. postal mail:
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Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
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Your application is not complete and cannot be acted upon until all of the above items have been received or submitted online. After you have submitted your online application, you will receive an email notice from the Graduate School. The process is
then followed up by our department for application reviews only when all of your supporting documents have been received or submitted.
Your application materials will be reviewed by the Graduate Program Committee (consisting of seven to eight faculty members and two students nominated by the departmental Graduate Student Association)—decisions on whom to invite for interviews are
typically made in December and January.
We usually invite numerous students at a time for interviews—in that way we can best showcase the department and its facilities, as well as giving candidates the opportunity to meet potential future classmates.
During the interview day you will meet both faculty and current students already enrolled in the program, so that many opportunities are available to have your questions answered. In addition, of course, the graduate program will cover all your travel
and accommodation expenses. Typically, there are also opportunities to see something of the city of Cincinnati and its surroundings.
Our goal is that at the end of your visit you will have seen both the exciting academic and personal opportunities that being a graduate student in our program extends. For international applicants, the program endeavors to conduct Internet-based interviews
with selected candidates via video services such as Skype.
Decisions on admission are made subsequent to interview and are the responsibility of the Graduate Program Committee. Recommendations for admission are reviewed and approved by the Graduate Program Director and Chair of the Molecular Genetics Department..
Doctoral students must arrive by Aug. 15 for orientation prior to commencement of the fall semester, and to begin their first research laboratory rotation. However, we strongly encourage students to begin their graduate career in early July (with full
financial support) in order to get a head start on their laboratory experiences before their formal course work begins in the fall semester.
International students who are either in, or coming to, the United States on student (F1) visas can only be granted graduate admission on a full-time basis.
As noted above students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) before they can be considered for admission.
This requirement may be waived with permission from the university dean for those international students who have a four-year degree from an accredited American college or university and who have studied oral and written English while a student in the
American college or university.
The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 100 (Internet-based test), IELTS is 7, and Duolingo is 120. In addition, all international students are required to carry student health insurance.
Students admitted into the program with previous graduate level training will be notified in writing at the time of admission if they qualify for "advanced status."
Doctoral students can petition the Graduate Program Committee for the transfer of up to nine graduate credits for work completed at other institutions; master's students can petition to transfer up to six credit hours. This may be for course work or for
special projects, research or equivalent. For these students the Graduate Program Committee will determine course requirements.
To be excused from an advanced level course at a date later than the time of admission requires a majority recommendation of the Graduate Program Committee.
Advanced status students may also elect to complete the candidacy exam earlier than usual.
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