Masters Program

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We will be accepting applications for the 1-year Master's Program in Human Genetics until July 12th! 

Our program is an excellent way to improve your credentials and enhance the opportunity of being admitted to medical school. To apply, click here.

an Genetics Program
1 Year post-baccalaureate Masters Degree
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The Hayward Genetics Center at Tulane University offers a 1-year, post-baccalaureate Master of Biomedical Science Degree with a concentration in Human Genetics.  Our program is a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental program combining clinical genetics, biochemical genetics, molecular genetics, population genetics and cytogenetics.

The Master's program is designed to give graduates an in-depth understanding of the rapidly advancing field of human genetics and prepare qualified individuals for careers in the health sciences. This educational experience allows students to improve their credentials and enhance the opportunity of an individual being admitted to a postgraduate professional school, such as medical school, dental school, or Ph.D. programs. 

Most of our students are pre-med, and while it varies from year to year, we estimate that over 90% of our graduates who apply to medical or osteopathy school have been accepted in subsequent years.  In addition to medical school, graduates from our program have also gone on to other careers including dental school, PhD programs, genetic counseling programs, and working for pharmaceutical companies, research labs, and biomedical technology companies.

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General Information

The length of the program is two semesters, starting in the fall followed by the spring semester. Students undertake 30 hours of coursework and write an extensive paper on a subject in the field of Human Genetics. No research is required, and therefore this is considered a "non-thesis" degree.

Average scores and ranges for students accepted to our Masters program last year (2013-2014 application year) are as follows:


3.29 (range: 2.96 – 3.96)


315 (range: 307 – 321)


28.7 (range: 24 – 36)


18 (previous year)

We also look for a strong background in science classes such as Organic Chemistry, Genetics, Molecular or Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, etc. Excellent letters of recommendation are also important.The cost of the program for the 2014-2015 school year will be $22,000 plus fees (semester costs are calculated by credit hour for each semester).

There are no scholarships or stipends. Information on the possibility of financial aid loans can be found at the Tulane University Office of Financial Aid's website at

For questions regarding the Masters Degree program contact:

Karen Weissbecker, LMSW, Ph.D., FACMG
Director of Graduate Studies
Hayward Genetics Center SL-31
Tulane University Medical Center
1430 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112

1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5263