Frequently Asked Questions

What is the minimum GPA to apply?  

  • A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 for your entire undergraduate career or
  • A grade-point average of at least 3.0 for your last two undergraduate years or
  • Exceptional work in your entire final undergraduate career (3.5 or better) or
  • Graduate work with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 or better

Do I need to take the GREs?

  • Although applicants are encouraged to submit test scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) directly to The Graduate School, The Professional Science Masters Health Care Genetics Program does NOT require the GREs. If you are concerned about your cumulative grade-point-average, you might consider completing the GREs.  If you have taken another standardized graduate exam (e.g. MCAT), please submit those scores in the online application process.

What is the application deadline?

  • The requested deadline for applications to the PSM Program for Fall admission is March 1 and for a Spring admission is Sept 15.  At a minimum, applicants should file the application for admission several months in advance of the first (1st) semester of coursework. In no case will applications for admission to a particular semester be accepted after the first (1st) day of classes in that semester. All credentials, including official transcripts covering all undergraduate and graduate work taken up to the time of application, as well as the non-refundable processing fee, must also have been received by deadline dates.

How much does this program cost?

  • Graduate students should refer to the Office of the Bursar  for current tuition and fee information, procedures, and policies pertaining to graduate students and graduate programs.

Can I get tuition waiver or a teaching assistant position?

  • No.  The Masters Degree in Health Care Genetics is a professional degree; as such students finance their matriculation through personal resources and loans. Students should have no expectations of support through departmental or university research or teaching assistantships. Many additional sources of funding for graduate education exist through both internal and external opportunities. Opportunities to seek external funding can be found through the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships. A searchable database of opportunities can be accessed through the website, in addition to resources helpful to graduate students seeking to prepare competitive applications.   There may be aid based on demonstrated financial need.

What do I need to apply to the PSM Program in Healthcare Genetics?

  • A checklist for required application materials is available.
    • Transcripts
    • Reference Letters (3) (employer or faculty)
    • If you are not a native speaker of English, evidence of proficiency in the English language must be submitted
    • Personal Statement of Purpose
      • This document should tell your program’s admissions committee everything you would like to reveal in a personal interview.
      • You should include your reasons for undertaking graduate work, your ultimate plans, and how you happened to select your desired field. Details about your preparation, your strengths and weaknesses as a student, any academic honors, scholarships, or fellowships you have received, will all be helpful.

I am an international student, are there special application procedures or deadlines? 

  • Yes, If you are an international student who requires U.S. student visa sponsorship by the University of Connecticut, please be prepared to submit an immigration document request to the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Office- the instructions will be sent to you AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN ADMITTED BY THE GRADUATE SCHOOL.  For Fall 2015 applicants- the deadline to accept enrollment in your online application is July 31, 2015.

I have a high GPA, am I guaranteed admission?

  • Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants must show promise of superior achievement and must have specific preparation for the course of study they wish to undertake. If their records indicate deficiencies, applicants may be refused admission or required either to take background courses without graduate credit or to demonstrate by examination that they have acquired the requisite knowledge or skills for graduate study. In addition, since each graduate program has a limited number of places, the successful applicant must have a record competitive with those of other applicants in the same field.

Are there specific class pre-requisites to apply to the Healthcare Genetics Program?

  • Although there are no specific classes listed, this is a Master’s of Science Degree Program and thus an adequately prepared applicant will have at minimum completed undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry, and genetics.  Laboratory classes provide valuable learning experiences and thus the admission committee will be reviewing transcripts for relevant laboratory training.  Other relevant science classes include molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology.

Do I need laboratory or healthcare experience to apply to the Healthcare Genetics Program?

  • No, however it is expected that at minimum the applicant will have researched the field of health care genetics by either job shadowing, interviewing those working in the field, reviewing relevant professional websites etc.  Observations, training, or research in genetics, whether in a healthcare setting, a diagnostic testing facility or in an academic or private laboratory is a positive factor during applicant review.

How do I submit my application? 

  • All applications for graduate study at UConn must be submitted using an online application system.  You will be asked to provide a valid credit card for payment of the electronic application fee ($75) when you submit your application .  Note that because UCONN is committed to promoting a diverse graduate community, the Graduate School has agreed to waive application fees for prospective students associated with certain organizations and partnerships:

What is the GRE Code for UCONN Storrs?

  • The GRE code for UConn Storrs is 3915.

How many credits do I have to take each semester?

  • The number of credits and choice of courses for which a student registers is a matter to be discussed by the student and the major advisor. Graduate students may enroll in up to 20-credits per semester. A student may be classified as a full-time student in the PSM Program in one of two (2) ways: (1) enroll in 9- or more credits of coursework;or (3) enroll in one (1) of the four (4) special purpose 3-credit courses. These courses include GRAD 5960 (Full-time Master’s Research) or GRAD 5930 (Master’s Level Directed Studies). To be classified as half-time, the student’s course credit load must be between 5- and 8-credits per semester. A credit load of fewer than 5-credits per semester is a part-time load.

Do I have to keep a minimum GPA to stay in the Program?

  • Maintenance of good academic standing in The Graduate School requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher at all times while enrolled in a graduate program. The Healthcare Genetics Program has minimum scholastic standards by which students must abide to remain in good standing with the Program and for credits to counted toward a plan of study.

Can I enroll in another degree program while at UCONN?

  • Students may earn a graduate degree only in a program to which they have been admitted. Ordinarily, a student is granted admission to pursue graduate study in one (1) field at a time.

What types of jobs can I get with a PSM degree?

  • Graduates with MS degrees in genetics are working in a variety of settings from a research lab to a clinical testing lab, some have gone on to nursing, pharmacy, law, or doctoral programs.  Job options are dependent on your preferred location, your skill set, the type of job you want, etc. Consider searching indeed.com or reviewing the genetic job websites posted on this website. Review job descriptions, (ignore the degree and experience requirement for now), and take notes about what interests you most (and if we are meeting, print out the top 5; this will help in the advising process and identifying skill sets to gain).  Also note: many employers will list top notch best scenario for an applicant with respect to degree, experience, skills etc … as an employer I can say that the best scenario is not always the scenario by which we actually hire.

Is the PSM an accredited program?

  • The PSM in Health Care Genetics Program is accredited by the National Office of Professional Science Masters. This is not a NAACLS accredited program, but graduates may be eligible for the ASCP BOR Molecular Biology certification or Cytogenetics certification depending on previous experience and/or PSM plan of study curriculum and availability of appropriate internship site training.