A broad spectrum of rigorous training

students working in the field

Our graduate program brings together faculty in molecular genetics, evolutionary biology, and genomics into one group; we are represented in almost all of the ‘interest groups’ that are part of the Integrated Life Sciences at UGA. All our students are exposed to molecular and evolutionary genetics and genomics, creating a unique intellectual environment. Our department is so well-respected that we have continuously held a training grant from the NIH for over 35 years. A student-faculty ratio of less than 2:1 ensures individualized training. We are committed to training and to developing your appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment of science.

The Genetics graduate program at UGA receives NIH support in the form of a T32 Training Grant.


We support our students

Every student accepted into our Ph.D. program is guaranteed financial support for 5 years, including summers. Currently, each student is paid at least $25,000 a year. And, the University subsidizes part of the cost of health insurance. Athens is a very affordable place to live and students find that our stipend provides a good standard of living. 

Our students go on to productive careers

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We are committed to training you for a wide range of careers. In addition to your research training, we provide opportunities for training in written and oral communication skills, grant-writing and ethics. We also take our teaching mission seriously and provide training and internships in teaching. Our focus on training means that students generally finish their degrees on time: the average time to the completion of a Ph.D. is five and a half years. Our students do very well in finding jobs: our Ph.D. students have been placed in postdoctoral fellowships at major research institutions, in teaching positions, in industry, or as agency scientists.

Apply now

Applications and supporting documents should be submitted by the deadline specified here. While later applications will be considered, only applicants who have submitted all materials by the deadline will be considered for the graduate recruitment site visits in late January/early Feburary.

Click here to start your application for admission.

For more information contact:

Susan White, Graduate Administrator
Phone: 706-542-1127
Email: gradapp@uga.edu

Dr. Kelly Dyer, Graduate Coordinator
Phone: 706-542-3154
Email: gencoord@uga.edu