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How to Apply

We welcome your interest in the Graduate Program in Genetics at Stony Brook!

For information on admission requirements, financial aid, required test scores and much more, please review the Graduate School website, using the link for Prospective Students. There you will also find answers to Frequently Asked Questions, as well as the on-line application form.

Application Deadlines:

January 1: Deadline for all International students, as well as domestic students who wish to be considered for competitive University fellowships.

January 15:  Deadline for all other domestic students.

Under exceptional circumstances, applications received after January 15 may be considered on a rolling basis. Candidates must obtain permission from the Program Director, Dr. Martha Furie, to apply after January 15. 

Supplemental materials (updated test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) should be received by January 15 to ensure that the file is complete in time for initial review by the Admissions Committee.

Please note that our course of study does not permit students to matriculate in the Spring semester.

Required Components of a Complete Application:

1.      Online Application and Application Fee

2.      Personal Statement
This essay is your opportunity to introduce yourself and your unique skills and experiences.  You are encouraged to discuss your preparation and motivation for graduate studies, as well as previous research experience and future research interests. 

3.      Three Letters of Recommendation
The online application system enables you to enter the email addresses of your references.  Each will receive an automated email message with a link to your application, so that their comments and letter of reference can be uploaded into your electronic file.  You will be able to review the status of your application and see whether or not the letters have been submitted.  It is possible to add an additional reference if desired.  References who can evaluate your academic qualifications and research experience are preferred.

4.      Official GRE Scores
Scores must be reported electronically to the Stony Brook University Graduate School, using Institution Code 2548.  It is not necessary to use a ‘department code.’  Subject-specific GRE scores are not required.  There are no ‘minimum’ GRE scores, although successful candidates typically have strong scores, particularly in the Quantitative section of the examination.

5.      Official TOEFL or IELTS Scores
Please refer to the Graduate School requirements regarding English proficiency requirements and the minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores that are needed.  For candidates who declare a native language other than English, TOEFL scores must be reported electronically to the Stony Brook University Graduate School before the application will be considered
. For IELTS scores, it should be requested that an official copy be mailed to the Genetics Program at the address below.


6.      Transcript(s)
Please scan and upload a copy of your transcript from each college and/or university that you have attended, including community college(s) and/or summer studies.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for the initial review process.  These can be uploaded in the Supplemental Documents section of the online application.

Students from India should scan and upload each Statement of Marks, so that the Admissions Committee can review the courses that you have completed.  For candidates whose institutions do not use a 4.0 grade scale, it is important to include a notation or document indicating the basis for grading.

Original transcripts or certified copies are required for enrollment and to formalize an offer of admission.  If you are offered admission to the Genetics Program, the offer letter will request that you have official transcripts mailed directly to the Program Office at the address below:


Graduate Program in Genetics   
Stony Brook University
Life Sciences Building, Room 130
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5222


Frequently Asked Questions


How will I know if my application is complete?
After the application deadline has passed, each application is reviewed prior to submission to the Admissions Committee.  The status of your application will be updated to indicate whether test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation have been received.  You can log in to the online system to view the status.

Should I contact faculty directly about admission to the program?
It is not necessary or helpful to contact the faculty directly, since they will defer to the Admissions Committee for decisions regarding offers of admission. 

Can I make changes to my application once it is submitted?
The online system will not allow you to modify your application once it is submitted.  However, if you have discovered a significant error, you may email the Graduate Program Administrator.

When will I hear about the status of my application?
The application review process begins in January.  Every complete application is reviewed by multiple members of the Admissions Committee, and the process is quite time-consuming.  The timing of interviews and decisions is different each year.  Many applications are selected for secondary reviews and may remain active long into the recruiting season.  If your application is not selected for further consideration, we will let you know as soon as that decision is made.

How do you conduct interviews?
Some interviews are conducted by teams of Stony Brook faculty who visit selected cities in Asia each year.  Some candidates are invited to interview on our campus, typically in February or early March.  Because of the convenience, increasing numbers of interviews are being carried out via Skype for candidates who live some distance from our campus.

I still have questions…
Questions about the application procedure may be directed to Ms. Jennifer Jokinen, Program Coordinator, or Dr. Martha Furie, Program Director.

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