VCU’s M.S. in human genetics graduate program prepares students for successful careers as researchers and educators across a broad spectrum of positions, including academia, government and private industry laboratories, as well as for more advanced studies.

Human Genetics M.S. Alumni  Outcomes since 2012. 42% Further Education. 32% Industry. 12% Academics. 12% Other. 2% Clinical Professions

With a robust curriculum that takes on average two years to complete, our M.S. program requires 36 graduate credit hours and the completion of an original research project under the supervision of a faculty adviser.

Major areas of study available to students include:

  • Cancer genetics
  • Cytogenetics
  • Data science
  • Developmental genetics
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Molecular genetics
  • Psychiatric and behavioral genetics
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Translational research

We also offer a genomic data science concentration for M.S. students.

More information on the VCU Graduate Bulletin

Program Structure

Life in Richmond

We encourage our students and trainees to maintain a healthy, balanced life, and Richmond is a wonderful place to engage in that well-rounded lifestyle. As a mid-sized city with a metropolitan population of 1.3 million, Richmond provides stimulating activities while maintaining its intimate feel and unique vibe. 

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