Atlanta, GA
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December 1
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1 Degree Offered
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A Top Graduate Program in Genetics and Molecular Biology

Emory University offers a Ph.D. program in Genetics and Molecular Biology (GMB) for students who want to play leading roles in the development of novel medical therapies and diagnostic procedures. Doctoral students conduct ground-breaking research in viral, bacterial, human, and eukaryotic model system genetics at state-of-the art laboratory facilities.

The program is provided through Emory's Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS), whose research output is ranked among the top 10 in the nation in many biological and biomedical fields by the "Chronicle of Higher Education." Emory University is one of the fastest growing medical centers in the country.

Over 335 faculty members from Emory University, the American Cancer Society, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other leading research organizations furnish graduate students with rigorous, interdisciplinary training. Students gain expertise in core areas of genetics and molecular biology and a broad foundation in the related fields of biochemistry, cell biology, bioinformatics, and statistics.

The Ph.D. program in Genetics and Molecular Biology provides graduate students with competitive financial support.

Research Opportunities in Genetics and Molecular Biology

Graduate students conduct research in one of six fields: epigenetic regulation of gene expression; development and differentiation; cancer genetics and biology; human and medical genetics; bioinformatics and comparative genomics; and control of genome integrity.

The program is designed for students interested in academic careers in teaching and research, as well as for those who would like to pursue careers in related aspects of medicine and industry.

Doctoral Program Coursework and Research

During their first year of study, graduate students take introductory courses in both eukaryotic and prokaryotic systems. They also complete three 8-week research rotations in the laboratories of their choice to acquaint them with possible dissertation advisors and topics.

During the summer following their first year GMB graduate students participate in a two-day Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity (TATTO) Program.

During their second year graduate students choose from specialized courses in genetics and molecular biology in areas where they want to acquire expertise. Scientists both in and outside of Emory University participate in seminar courses that explore current developments in genetics and molecular biology.

The Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences emphasizes the development of communication skills essential to successful careers in science. Coursework focuses on constructive evaluation of scientific literature and presentation skills. GMB students present progress reports on their dissertation research.

Competitive Financial Support

Students in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory receive tuition scholarships, health insurance, and stipends. They enjoy the low cost of living in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

The stipend for the 2017-18 academic year is $30,000. In addition, several competitive fellowships are offered to outstanding applicants each year. These fellowships provide students with supplements to their stipends that range from $2,500 to $5,000 per year for five years, depending on the award.

Living in Atlanta

Emory University is located in a beautiful, wooded area of northeast Atlanta, Georgia, just four miles from downtown. The area serves as a hub of medical research, encompassing both the CDC and the American Cancer Society.

Midtown Atlanta is home to museums, galleries, and cultural activities that students enjoy. Atlanta's temperate climate affords students many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, and camping.

Location & Contact

Program in Genetics and Molecular Biology

Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Emory University

201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322-1100
United States

Dr. Bill Kelly


Phone: 404-727-6461
Fax: 404-727-2880

Ms. Kathy Smith

Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Phone: 404-727-2547
Fax: 404-727-3322

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Genetics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 2
    • Doctoral Degrees 13
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required and Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


15% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 134
    • Accepted 21
    • Acceptance Rate 15
    • Enrolled 8
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0 in science course work (recommended)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Tuition Waivers, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students49
    • Female Percentage57%
    • Male Percentage43%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students49
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American8%
    • White / Caucasian43%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races23%
    • Unknown or International Student16%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty50
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage20%
    • Male Percentage80%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchGene regulation, genetic combination, developmental regulation
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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