The School of Health Professions at MD Anderson 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 Office of the Registra 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. To ensure all documents are matched properly, make sure to submit your admissions application before submitting your supporting documents.
Fall 2017 Admission Status
- September 15, 2016 Applications open
- April 1, 2017 Priority applications deadline
- June 15, 2017 Applications close
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:
- Evolutionary Biology
- Human Physiology
- Molecular Biology
- Organic Chemistry
3. Complete Online Application
Apply online by logging into myUTH and selecting "Graduate MDA" as your school of choice. Make sure to complete the essay question posted on the online application. Pay a non-refundable $45 application fee upon submission of your application.
4. Submit Three Recommendations
Submit recommendation forms directly to Program Director, Peter Hu, Ph.D (firstname.lastname@example.org).
5. Submit Official College Transcript(s) from Each School Attended
The transcript(s) should show a record of all academic work completed and be sent directly from the corresponding college to the Office of the Registrar. To ensure prompt processing, request that your school sends transcripts using “SPEEDE”. If your school cannot send “SPEEDE” transcripts, colleges may send transcripts in the mail or electronically.
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. Submit TOEFL Scores
For all international students whose native language is not English, proof of English language proficiency must be submitted. The School of Health Professions accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as a standardized test to measure the English language ability of non-native speakers. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 on the internet-based format or 550 on the paper exam is required.
The TOEFL Designated Institution Code for MD Anderson is 6906.
Applicants meeting any criteria below are exempt from the TOEFL:
- If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, regardless of your native language.
- If you have earned a high school diploma from an accredited U.S. high school.
- If you have earned an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor's degree or higher level degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.
- If you have obtained a secondary school degree or higher level degree from a country where English is spoken as the native language.
8. 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), and must submit 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 five years old. For exam information and registration, visit the GRE home page.
The GRE Designated Institution Code for MD Anderson is 6906.
9. Submit All Required Documents
Office of the Registra
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
P.O. Box 20036
Houston, TX 77225-0036
10. Admissions Interview
The Admissions Review Committee will review all applicants that submit a complete application, including required documents, by the priority deadline. Upon review, competitive applicants will be invited for an admissions interview. Applications and documents received after the priority dates will be considered by the Admissions Review Committee only if space is available.
11. 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.