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Genetics and Developmental Biology  Doctoral


What is Genetics and Developmental Biology at WVU like?


The PhD in Genetics and Developmental Biology is particularly well suited for students interested in emphasizing plant, animal, microbial (bacterial or fungal), or insect genetics or developmental biology. Students in the program learn research approaches such as genomics, analysis of gene expression, metabolic engineering, functional analyses of genes, evolutionary development, and conservation genetics Students may choose an Area of Emphasis (AOE) in Biochemical and Molecular Genetics, Cytogenetics, Immunogenetics, Mutagenetics, Toxicology, Human Genetics, Plant Genetics, Population and Quantitative Genetics, Animal Breeding, Molecular Aspects of Development, Experimental Morphogenesis, Teratology, Regeneration, Oncology, Descriptive Embryology, and Life Cycles of Animal and Plants.

The objective of this program is an increased level of understanding of modern concepts and methodologies employed in genetic and developmental biological work and to prepare a student to pursue a career in teaching and/or research. Responsibility for a student’s program is vested in a graduate committee charged with arranging the student’s coursework, conducting examinations, and supervising the research.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own terms of admission and application deadlines. Applicants can only apply for admission for the terms displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: March 31
Spring: October 31
Summer: January 15

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What are the requirements to apply for Genetics and Developmental Biology at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the Genetics and Developmental Biology graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Statement of Purpose
  • GRE

Additional considerations for applicants:

Only applications with all completed requirements will be considered for admission.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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