VCU Medical Center

Department of Human and Molecular Genetics

Ph.D. in Human Genetics

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Our Ph.D. program in human genetics prepares students for life-long careers by developing their knowledge of the field and skills in writing, laboratory techniques, critical thinking, data interpretation, study design, literature research and review, and data integration while fostering the student’s development toward being an independent researcher, laboratory director or teacher. Additionally, our program provides students with a core foundation of knowledge which will equip them to carry out translational research and compete for postdoctoral training slots.

The Ph.D. degree requires at least three years of study for students entering with a B.S. or B.A. degree, and must be completed within seven years.  Departmental funding (i.e., tuition plus stipend support) will typically not continue beyond five years.

Students working toward the Ph.D. degree in Human and Molecular Genetics pass through two stages of graduate study.  Students complete required coursework and initiate their research projects during the first stage, while during the second stage students focus primarily on an original research project leading to peer-reviewed publications and their doctoral dissertation.

Doctoral training is a serious full-time commitment and successful students make it their central focus while in graduate school.  Successful completion of the Ph.D. program indicates that students have developed their knowledge and critical skills within their chosen areas of inquiry to a level that transcends the scholarship of their adviser.  A Ph.D. is awarded as the ultimate recognition of a student's achievement of independent, creative and publishable research.

Please follow the links to the right for additional information or view a full description of the Ph.D. in Human Genetics graduate program.

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