Graduate Program in Genetics College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Graduate Program in Genetics College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Graduate Program in Genetics

This interinstitutional program, which leads to the Ph.D. degree, is designed to provide training in all major areas of genetics. It offers graduate training in molecular genetics, developmental genetics, computational biology and genomics, evolutionary genetics, and human genetics. All students, no matter what their particular interest, are exposed to all the areas of specialization offered within the program. This experience ensures that students are prepared to cope with the broad range of challenges they may meet after leaving the program. All trainees take core courses in genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology. The first-year experience also includes laboratory rotations in which the student works in the laboratories of 3 or 4 different program faculty members. These rotations allow the student to gain firsthand knowledge of the methods and approaches taken by each laboratory and provide a basis for selecting a dissertation research adviser. Students have the opportunity to further broaden their knowledge by participating in journal clubs and by taking elective courses from offerings both within and outside the program. The specific elective course or courses taken by a student are determined in conjunction with a faculty adviser to best meet the student's particular needs. Trainees participate in two ongoing research seminar series. A student research seminar provides trainees with a regular opportunity to present their work to their colleagues and genetics program faculty members. Students also attend research seminars given by internal and visiting faculty members in order to keep abreast of the latest developments and potential areas of future excitement in the field of genetics.

Research Facilities

The primary training facilities are Stony Brook University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Genetics Program faculty at Stony Brook is primarily drawn from departments within the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine but also includes faculty members from many other disciplines. The Life Sciences Building, which houses the Genetics Program office, is the home of the Departments of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Behavior, and Ecology and Evolution, all of which are represented in the Genetics Program. The University Health Sciences Center, located across the street from the Life Sciences Building, is the primary home for departments in the School of Medicine, including program faculty members in the Departments of Medicine, Molecular Pathology and Immunology, Pharmacological Sciences, and Physiology and Biophysics and others. Centralized facilities within the School of Medicine include the Cell Culture and Hybridoma Facility, DNA Microarray Facility, DNA Sequencing Facility, Flow Cytometry Facility, Bioinformatics Facility, Biostatistics Consulting Core, Microscopy Imaging Center, Genomics Core Facility, Molecular Cloning Facility, and Proteomics Center. The Center for Molecular Medicine, a state-of-the-art research building adjacent to the Life Sciences Building, houses interdepartmental thematic research Centers in Brain and Spinal Cord Research, Developmental Genetics, Infectious Diseases, and Structural Biology, each of which includes Genetics Program faculty members. The Center for Molecular Medicine provides both an intellectual and physical catalyst for interactions among scientists with common interests in these areas of modern biology, irrespective of their departmental affiliation. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a world-renowned research institute that has internationally recognized strengths in the areas of cancer biology, neurobiology, plant genetics, structural biology and bioinformatics. The world-class facilities available at Brookhaven National Laboratory include the National Synchrotron Light Source and additional unique resources for trainees in the Genetics Program. Research faculty members at Brookhaven have widely recognized programs in the fields of molecular biology of microbial, plant, and animal systems and have a leading role in the emerging field of proteomics.

Student Group

Each entering class in the Genetics Program consists of roughly 6 to 10 students. There are currently 55 full-time predoctoral students in the program. The program is one of several graduate programs in the biological and biomedical sciences at Stony Brook. Together, these various programs bring approximately 50 new predoctoral students to Stony Brook each year. Entering students come from a variety of backgrounds and form a diverse group, both nationally and internationally.

Student Outcomes

Graduates typically go on to postdoctoral research appointments followed by academic careers in teaching and research. Other graduates seek research careers in government or private industry, including biotechnology, patent law, and other nontraditional postdoctoral careers.

Graduate Application

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University, State University of New York was founded in 1957 at Oyster Bay, Long Island. In 1960, it was designated the State University's fourth University Center with a mandate to develop undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and engineering. In 1962, it moved to its present location at Stony Brook, where it has grown to a campus with 105 buildings on 1,100 acres and a student body of roughly 23,000, including nearly 8,000 graduate students. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has grown into one of the most important independent centers for biological research in the world. Brookhaven National Laboratory, one of the major government research centers in the country, carries out important research in all areas of science and engineering.

Location & Contact

Graduate Program in Genetics

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Jorge Benach


Phone: 631-632-4225
Fax: 631-632-9797

Dr. Martha Furie

Program Director

Phone: 631-632-4232
Fax: 631-632-4294

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Genetics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 1
    • Doctoral Degrees 8
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


13% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 63
    • Accepted 13
    • Acceptance Rate 13
    • Enrolled 5
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Teaching Assistantships, Federal Work-Study

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students42
    • Female Percentage43%
    • Male Percentage57%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students42
    • Part-time Percentage2%
    • Full-time Percentage98%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino15%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian52%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian19%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown10%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchGene structure, gene regulation
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported