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The Texas Common Application (TCA) is the official application for graduate studies at Texas A&M University.  To apply to our Program, complete your TCA online at www.applytexas.org.  An application fee of $50 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, or $90 for international applicants must be paid according to the instructions in the TCA.  However, the Graduate Program in Genetics will waive the application fee for domestic students who submit their application by January 15.  After the application is submitted to TCA, the applicant will gain access to the Texas A&M Applicant Information System (AIS) where most of the required documents can be uploaded.

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.

Three letters of recommendation should be requested from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievements and potential.  Letters need to be submitted directly to the AIS portal.

Applicants are required to submit a Statement of Purpose and Resume highlighting their research accomplishments and interests. Submit directly to the AIS portal.

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 146 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. For more details, visit http://admissions.tamu.edu/international/graduate

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

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:

(U.S. Postal Service)
Graduate Admissions Processing
Office of Admissions
Texas A&M University
P.O. Box 40001
College Station, TX 77842-4001

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 duplication of a transcript, such as notarized copies and faxes are not considered official.

Domestic applicants are those individuals who are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and Canadian citizens. International applicants are those individuals who are not U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or Canadian citizens.

Students are encouraged to complete their applications as early as possible!.  To be eligible for an invitation to our annual recruiting weekend held in February, domestic applications must be submitted by December 2. International students outside United States may apply until January 15.

The annual recruiting symposium for the graduate program in Genetics is held in February.  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 and international students living in United States who have completed their application -including GRE scores, resume and statement of purpose- by December 20 are eligible to be considered for an invitation to attend the recruiting symposium.

Review of applications for University-sponsored fellowships begins December 15.  To be eligible for consideration, applications for the Genetics program should be completed no later than that date.

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