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Students in the Genetics Program complete required and elective didactic courses and participate in seminars and journal clubs that are designed to provide a strong knowledge base for their research and a deep understanding of genetics. They also complete four research rotations.  Students typically select their research mentor at the end of May of the first year and begin dissertation research.  They also take a qualifying examination in the first summer they are enrolled.  Thereafter, emphasis is placed on dissertation research. When the aims of the research project have been achieved, students write and defend their dissertations.

Course Work

Genetics students complete a series of required courses designed to provide broad and deep knowledge of genetics. Material includes basic genetic analysis, mammalian genetics and approaches to genetic analysis. Students also receive a strong grounding in biochemistry and scientific ethics.  Students also complete elective courses chosen from those offered by the Sackler School with guidance in course selection from their adviser and thesis committee.

More information about the curriculum and specific courses can be found in the Sackler Catalog.  download pdf

Seminar Courses

All Genetics students participate in seminars and journal clubs during their time at Sackler.

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The Health Sciences Campus is home to Sackler, the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nutrition, Tufts Medical Center and several research institutes.

Financing Your Education

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Basic Science Division students typically receive a full tuition scholarship, a stipend and health insurance throughout their time as Sackler students.
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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development