Application and Forms for Graduate Programs

The School of Health Professions at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center offers a Master of Science in Diagnostic Genetics.

Students enter the program in August of each year. Admission is on a competitive basis with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance.

The Registrar's Office at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston serves as the Registrar for the School of Health Professions.

1. Priority Deadlines

Applicants are highly encouraged to submit the application and all supporting documents by the priority application deadline. Applications and documents received after the priority dates will be considered for admission only if space is available.

DateFor Fall 2016 Admittance
Sep. 15, 2015Applications Open
March 15, 2016Priority Application Deadline for Diagnostic Genetics
As of Friday, June 10, 2016, applications are CLOSED for the Diagnostic Genetics program.
July 15, 2016Closing Date for all applications
DateFor Fall 2017 Admittance
Sep. 15, 2016Applications Open
April 1, 2017Priority Application Deadline for Diagnostic Genetics
June 15, 2017Closing Date for all applications

2. Review Prerequisite Requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences, biochemistry, chemistry or related fields. Prior research experience and the following courses are strongly recommended:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Basic Research Techniques
  • Human Physiology
  • Evolutionary Biology

3. Complete Online Application

Apply online by logging into myUTH and selecting "Graduate MDA" as your school of choice. Pay a non-refundable $45 application fee upon submission of your application.

4. Submit Three Recommendations

Submit recommendation forms (pdf) directly to the Office of the Registrar. For Fall 2017 applicants, submit to Program Director, Dr. Hu.

5. Submit Official College Transcripts

The transcripts, from every school attended, should show a record of all academic work completed and must be mailed or sent electronically by the college directly to the Office of the Registrar.

6. Submit Foreign College Transcripts

All applicants with foreign college transcripts/mark sheets must have a course by course, and grade by grade evaluation. This evaluation agency (pdf) must be approved through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

7. Complete GRE General Test

Applicants holding a current Clinical Certification through the ASCP in MB, CG, or MLS are exempt from taking the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). For Fall 2017 applicants, you must submit your certification scores.

Applicants without ASCP Clinical Certification in the above fields must take the GRE that includes the analytical writing section. Scores should be no more than 5 years old.Exam information and registration is located at The GRE Designated Institution Code for MD Anderson is 6906.

8. Submit all Required Documents

Office of the Registrar at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Office of the Registrar
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
PO Box 20036
Houston, TX 77225-0036

9. Submit Additional Paperwork

All students who are accepted to the School of Health Professions will be required to have current health immunizations, satisfactorily complete drug screening, and a criminal background check. Detailed instructions and specific deadline dates will be provided at the time a student is accepted for admissions.