The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Human Genetics - PhD

Division: Biological Sciences
Degree Type: PhD

Program Description

The Department of Human Genetics is the home within the Division of Biological Sciences for the study of basic principles of genetics and genomics as applied to human disease. We provide broad training in experimental genetics and genomics, statistical and population genetics, bioinformatics, and clinical genetics. A common theme throughout our research is the application of basic genetic principles and strategies to the study of disease mechanism, disease susceptibility, and the genetic architecture of complex traits. Our faculty bridge between basic and clinical research; and we train students for careers in academia, industry, and medicine. 

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  • Department of Human Genetics
  • CLSC
  • 920 East 58th Street, 5th Floor
  • Chicago, IL 60637
  • Phone: 773.834.0525
  • Fax: 773.834.0505
  • Website:

Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 1

Degree Objective

The Molecular Biosciences cluster admits applicants only for the PhD degree.

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. Transcripts from all institutions attended after high school should be uploaded with the application.
  4. 3 letters of recommendation from college or university professors who know the applicant’s work well. Individuals who have been away from school for several years may submit recommendations from their employers.
  5. Graduate Record Examination scores. We require the GRE general test scores; subject test scores will be considered, but are optional.


Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed in early March.

Program Requirements

  • 3 required courses:
  • Human Genetics I
  • Genetic Analysis
  • Human Variation and Disease
  • 2 courses from the following menu:
  • Introductory Statistical Genetics
  • Population Genetics I
  • Molecular Biology II
  • 4 electives from a prescribed list
  • 2 lab rotations

Costs & Financial Aid

The Division of Biological Sciences offers academically qualified applicants complete and equitable support. Students in good academic standing are guaranteed an initial five years of support, which includes full tuition, health insurance, and a living stipend. The graduate stipend is competitive with awards offered at comparable institutions, is established at a level affording a reasonable local standard of living, and is adjusted annually to keep pace with increases in the cost of living.