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How to apply

1. Pre-Application

Please complete the free Graduate Program in Genetics pre-application form.  Your pre-application will be reviewed by the recruiting committee and we will notify you of your suitability to complete an official application to the program.

 

2. Texas Common Application

The Texas Common Application (TCA) is the official application for graduate studies at Texas A&M University.  Complete the TCA online or request a paper version.  Online applications are preferred.  The Statement of Purpose essay is required for all applicants. An application fee of $50 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, or $75 for international applicants must be paid according to the instructions in the TCA.  The graduate program in genetics will waive the application fee for domestic students who submit their application by January 15.  Visit Graduate Student Admissions for more information on how to apply to graduate school at Texas A&M University. This page includes general information, online forms, necessary fees, transcript and records information, and guidelines for international students.

 

3. Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation should be requested from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievements and potential.  Letters may be submitted directly via the TCA portal.  Alternatively, recommendations can  be sent directly to the program by mailing to this address:

Genetics Graduate Advisor
The Genetics Graduate Program
Texas A&M University
2128 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2128

 

4. Test Scores

Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical sections are required for all applicants.  Subject tests are not required for admission into the graduate program in genetics.  Scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Texas A&M University (Code 6003) and must be from within the last five years.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English, unless those applicants completed all four years of a baccalaureate degree in the United States or achieved a 400 Verbal GRE or 22 Verbal GMAT.  TOEFL scores should be sent directly from the testing service to Texas A&M University (Code 6003) and be from a test date within the last two years.

Test scores are required for all applicants but they are not the sole measure used to determine acceptance into the graduate program in genetics.

 

5. Transcripts

Official transcripts are required from each senior-level, post-secondary institution attended.  An official statement of the award of the degree or diploma is required for each degree completed.  If the institution that you attended uses the national ANSI ASC X12 transcript format (SPEEDE) then it is preferable to have the institution submit transcripts electronically.

If the institution cannot use this format and you have attended an American or Canadian college or university, one official transcript is required.  Please ask each registrar to enclose one copy of your transcript in a sealed, signed envelope addressed to you.  Place the signed, sealed envelope with the seal unbroken and the registrar’s signature intact inside a second envelope and send it to the following address:

Genetics Graduate Advisor
The Genetics Graduate Program
Texas A&M University
2128 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2128

If the registrar will not release your transcripts to you in a sealed envelope, transcripts may be sent by the registrar directly to:

Admissions Processing
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, Texas 77842-4001, USA

If the transcripts or mark-sheets are from a university outside the United States, they are to be signed by the registrar, controller of examinations, or president of the university issuing the document.  Official records are to be in the language of instruction, accompanied by official translations in English, if necessary.  Translations sent directly from the institution attended or from a recognized translator are considered official.

Note that consolidated and provisional mark-sheets are not considered official.  Please ask the registrar to send individual mark-sheets that list grades earned in each term.  Photocopies or other duplications of a transcript, such as notarized copies and faxes are not considered official.

 

Application Deadlines

Students are encouraged to complete their applications as early as possible!

 

Recruiting Symposium

The annual recruiting symposium for the graduate program in genetics will be held from February 6-9, 2014.  To be eligible for an invitation to the recruiting symposium, domestic students must have completed their free online pre-application, including GRE scores and statement of purpose by December 20.

 

Domestic Applicants

Priority for teaching assistantships is given to prospective doctoral students who have completed their official applications by January 15.  The university deadline for admission in the Fall semester for domestic applications is March 1.  Domestic applicants are those individuals who are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and Canadian citizens.

 

International Applicants

Priority for teaching assistantships is given to prospective doctoral students who have completed their official applications by January 15.  The university deadline for admission in the Fall semester for international applications is March 1.  International applicants are those individuals who are not U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or Canadian citizens.

 

Fellowships

Review of applications for University-sponsored fellowships begins March 1.

 

Annual Recruiting Symposium

The annual recruiting symposium for the graduate program in genetics will be held from February 6-9, 2014.  The symposium provides opportunities for prospective graduate students to meet faculty and students in the program, tour our modern research facilities and discover first-hand the wide range of research opportunities available.  Graduate student research is showcased at the annual research competition, held concurrently with the recruiting symposium.  Prospective graduate students from all over the country will be in attendance, so the symposium provides opportunities to become acquainted with potential colleagues.  The program provides most meals, lodging and round trip airfare for students visiting College Station.  Domestic students who have completed their pre-application, including GRE scores and statement of purpose essay, by December 20 are eligible to be considered for an invitation to attend the recruiting symposium.

If you would like to talk to someone about the Graduate Program in Genetics, please call us at (979) 458-2284.

You can also contact us by writing to:

The Genetics Graduate Program
Texas A&M University
2128 TAMU
College Station , TX 77843-2128

or contact Julia Williams at genesec@tamu.edu.

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