Admission to the Genetics graduate program is primarily through the Integrated Life Sciences program (ILS) though students may choose to enter Genetics through the Integrated Plant Sciences portal (IPS). ILS provides applicants with a flexible gateway to graduate programs throughout the life sciences. All of the Genetics department faculty are members of the ILS program. During your first semester at UGA you will complete research rotations in three different labs, after which you will choose a major advisor. At that time you can choose to join the Genetics graduate program.

For application deadlines and instructions, see the ILS website here.

If you have particular questions about research opportunities at UGA, you should directly contact the faculty members who are doing the research you find intriguing. We are excited to hear from you! Having that connection established can also help during the interview and admissions process.

A note about ILS: The ILS program encompasses research interests across much of the biological spectrum at UGA. However, research groups in the Wildlife and Natural Resources fields (Warnell School) and the Odum School of Ecology are not included. If your academic goals involve interdisciplinary study involving research labs in more than one department or program, don't worry - this is common for graduate students at UGA regardless of which program you enter.

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Walter Schmidt [ ilsinfo@uga.edu ], the graduate coordinator for ILS, with your specific concerns.

The University of Georgia, and its many units, are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students, and sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive.  Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution.