This department does not offer a rolling admission option.  Students may only start their M.Sc. or Ph.D. program on the first day of classes in either January or September.

Those who wish to be considered for either September  admission must apply no later than May 1. Those applying for January admission must apply by September 15.

Notes on our Application Deadlines

The Department of Molecular Genetics offers four different deadlines by which applicants can submit their on-line applications and supporting documents.  The deadline you choose will depend on:

  1. When you would like your application to be considered;
  2. When you will be able to submit your supporting documents;
  3. When you would like to begin the program (i.e. January or September)

Other things to consider:

  1. The Department of Molecular Genetics does not have enrollment quotas to fill. If your application is very strong, the deadline you choose is completely up to you.  You will have the same high probability of being admitted to our program regardless of the date.
  2. If your application is very strong and you apply to other schools, some of these schools might require you to accept or decline their offer by a specific date, perhaps as early as January.  If you are applying to these types of schools and want to keep our Department as an option, it is best to apply by the December 1st deadline so that you can make an informed decision with respect to schools that have a hard acceptance deadline.
  3. If you are concerned that your application is weak and need more time to prepare a strong application, try to increase your experience over the fall and winter terms and improve your grades.  Then, apply by our May 1st deadline.
  4. Students who begin the program in September have the added advantage of attending the departmental retreat before choosing their second and third rotations.  This helps students make a more informed choice about who they would like as their permanent mentor (learn more about our rotation system here).

Application and Document Submission Deadlines

September Admission Deadlines

November 15
Online applications must be submitted by November 15. Supporting documents (including references, electronic transcripts, CV and letter of intent) must be submitted no later than December 1. Applicants must inform their referees that their online references must be submitted by December 1 in order for the application to be considered for this early deadline.  Applicants will receive an admission decision in December.

January 15
Online applications must be submitted by January 15. Supporting documents (including references, electronic transcripts, CV and letter of intent) must be submitted no later than February 1. Applicants must inform their referees that their online references must be submitted by February 1 in order for the application to be considered for this deadline.  Applicants will receive an admission decision in March.

May 1
Online applications must be submitted by May 1.  Supporting documents (including references, electronic transcripts, CV and letter of intent) must be submitted no later than May 15.  Applicants must inform their referees that their online references must be submitted by May 15 in order for the application to be considered by this deadline.  Applicants will receive an admission decision in June.

January Admission Deadlines

Applicants who wish to apply for January admission can apply by any of the above deadlines to receive an early response. The final deadlines for January admission are:

September 15
Online applications must be submitted by September 15. Supporting documents (including references, electronic transcripts, CV and letter of intent) must be submitted no later than October 1. Applicants will receive an admission decision in November.

Supporting Documents

Please ensure that all supporting documents (references, electronic transcripts, CV and letter of intent) are submitted online by the dates above. It is entirely the applicant's responsibility to monitor the status of their documents on the online application system and to follow up with their referees if references are not received in advance of the deadline. Only complete applications can be considered for any given deadline.  Incomplete applications that become complete after one deadline will be considered for the following deadline up until May 15 for September admission and October 1 for January admission.  Only complete applications will be reviewed for admission.

Accepting our Offer

Students who receive an offer of admission should confirm their reply to our offer as soon as possible.  We request that applicants return their confirmation forms, indicating their intention, by the beginning of June for September admission or mid-November for January admission.  Requests for deferred admission will be considered.