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Application

All applications to the Graduate Program in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology must be submitted online via ApplyYourself. We look forward to receiving your application. Please contact us if you have questions about the Program and the application process.

Phone:   (631) 632-8812
Fax:   (631) 632-9797
Email:   molecular_genetics@stonybrook.edu

Applications for admission to the Graduate Program in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology for fall 2017 are now being accepted and should be submitted by January 15, 2017. The Admissions Committee reviews applications and makes offers of admission on a rolling basis until the incoming class is full so it is an advantage to apply early. Applicants who submit their applications by January 5, 2017 will be considered for nomination for campus-wide graduate student fellowships (note that all graduate students in the Program receive a stipend and full tuition scholarship). Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) early enough to ensure receipt of the scores by the application deadline. Medical College Admissions Tests (MCATs) may be submitted in lieu of the GRE for students in the Medical Scientist Training (M.D.-Ph.D. ) Program. Please note that the Program does not offer admission in the Spring semester.

A complete application is comprised of the on-line application, three letters of recommendation submitted on-line, a transcript from each previous college or university attended, GRE scores and, when applicable, TOEFL or IELTS scores. We prefer that all transcripts be scanned and uploaded with the on-line application, so each candidate's entire file is in electronic format. Transcripts not in English must be translated and certified. Please note that original transcripts are only required of students who accept offers of admission. Test scores must be submitted electronically to institution code 2548 (Stony Brook University Graduate School, no department code needed). More detailed information regarding English proficiency requirements and other topics may be found on the Admissions "Frequently Asked Questions" page.

Additional Information About the Application:

Application Form

The information supplied in the application enables us to identify the most promising applicants, and should be submitted as early as possible. There is an application fee of $100. All students admitted to the program receive stipends and full tuition scholarships, so a separate application for financial support is not required.

Personal Statement
A page or two usually suffices.

GRE Scores
Official test scores for the General Graduate Record Examination are required. The Advanced Test (in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Biology, or Chemistry) is preferred but not required.

English Proficiency Exam Scores
For applicants whose primary language is not English, an official report of an English proficiency exam is required. Minimum scores established by the Graduate School are 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test), 90 (internet-based test).

Transcripts
Two official copies from each college or university attended are required.

Letters of Recommendation
Recommendations from at least three persons familiar with your academic and research potential are required.

Timetable
All applications are reviewed on this schedule for entrance in the Fall semester.

December 1   Rolling review of applications begins.
January 5   Last day to submit application for priority review.
January 15   Last day to submit application. 
April 15   Decision date for acceptance of admission offers.