PhD in Genetics
The department offers separate progams in genetics or biochemistry and molecular biology leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. Enrollment is open to students with baccalaureate degrees in agricultural, biological, or physical sciences or engineering. Entering students must have excellent academic records in mathematical, physical, and biological sciences.
Graduate students in the Department of Genetics & Biochemistry are supported on teaching or research assistantships through a graduate advisor. Teaching assistantships are assigned by the departmental chair as recommended by the Graduate Committee for students with excellent oral English skills to assist in teaching the laboratory and lecture courses offered by the department. These teaching assistantships are limited in number and are offered to outstanding applicants at the time of admission, based on their GRE and TOEFL scores, transcripts and recommendations.
Periodically, there are a limited number of research assistantships available, at the discretion of individual investigators, to qualified applicants. Qualification for these positions is based on GRE scores, transcripts and recommendations as well as their interests in research programs under the direction of particular investigators. Arrangements for research assistantships are usually coordinated between the applicant and the professor and the formal offer is tendered with the admission papers. The Graduate Admissions Committee does not accept unsupported or part-time students.
Entering students are required to have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree with a satisfactory academic record. Prior to enrollment, students are required to complete basic undergraduate biology courses (cell biology strongly recommended), chemistry and physical chemistry courses (organic chemistry required, biochemistry and physical chemistry strongly recommended), a genetics course (strongly recommended), and physics (required).
Applications, as well as information on test scores and required documents can be found on the genetics and biochemistry website. Required items in support of the application must be received by Jan. 1 for fall admission and by Sept. 1 for spring admission for full consideration.
If English is not an applicant's native language, a satisfactory TOEFL score is required to qualify for a teaching assistantship. All applicants, whether accepted as teaching or research assistants, must also pass a test of written and spoken English upon arrival at Clemson. We strongly encourage you to check out the "Inside Scoop" information located at the www.clemson.edu/genbiochem/graduate_programs/ for guidance on average TOEFL scores, GRE scores and GPAs of students admitted to the program.
- Online Application
- Official GRE scores
- Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for International Students
- Unofficial Transcripts
- Official Transcripts required upon acceptance. Do not send official transcripts until you have received your letter of acceptance.
- Letters of Recommendation
The school offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of nine credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the school.
Financial support is provided through grant-supported research assistantships, University-supported research and teaching assistantships, graduate fellowships and grants-in-aid.
Last updated February 2, 2016