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Molecular Genetics and Genomics AGRADE Program

The AGRADE-MGG program is hosted by the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics (CMMG) in the School of Medicine. This program is comprised of foundational (core) courses and additional concentration (elective) courses in molecular medicine, genetics and genomics. AGRADE-MGG students obtain academic and applied training in addition to capstone research experiences that integrate learning across their courses. In addition to coursework, this is a research-intensive track that includes research in CMMG faculty laboratories performing wet bench experiments and/or dry bench computational projects as a starting point for a thesis project in year 2 of the program, as well as additional electives. In contrast to regular MGG MS students, who can choose between Plans A and B, only Plan A is available for AGRADE-MGG students. The final thesis will be graded by a thesis committee, which will include an oral thesis defense to the committee.


Before applying to the program, students should meet with their undergraduate academic advisor to determine if AGRADE-MGG would be a good fit. Student records will be reviewed to determine eligibility, and the academic advisor will assist students in declaring and in guiding their course of study. In general, undergraduate students with declared STEM majors will be eligible to apply for AGRADE-MGG status in the semester during which they expect to complete 90 credits. All AGRADE-MGG applications will be reviewed and prioritized for admission in the Fall semester of each year by the CMMG graduate recruitment committee. Acceptance to the AGRADE-MGG program will be competitive; thus, not all students who meet the minimum criteria will be admitted. 

Eligibility criteria are:

MAT 2010Calculus I4
CHM 1100
CHM 1130
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
or CHM 1125 General Chemistry I for Engineers
CHM 1150General Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHM 1240Organic Chemistry I4
or BME 4010 Engineering Physiology Laboratory
BIO 3100Cellular Biochemistry3
or BME 2050 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology for Biomedical Engineers
or CHM 5600 Survey of Biochemistry
or CHM 6620 Metabolism: Pathways and Regulation
At least one of the following:
Physics for the Life Sciences I
and Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory
Physics for the Life Sciences II
and Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory
University Physics for Scientists I
and University Physics Laboratory
University Physics for Engineers I
University Physics for Scientists II
and University Physics Laboratory II
University Physics for Engineers II
90 credits undergraduate coursework
Undergraduate GPA of 3.6 or higher in a STEM BS major
Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher (students with a GPA of 3.3 – 3.49 considered case-by-case)

Applications must include:

  • personal statement detailing interest in the AGRADE-MGG program, career goals, specific motivations and potential mentoring faculty members;
  • academic record and suitability to join the AGRADE-MGG track;
  • two references from connected faculty detailing the student’s capacity for graduate study.


Upon admission to this accelerated track, undergraduate students complete a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 16 (3-16) credits of approved AGRADE-MGG graduate level courses. 

AGRADE-MGG graduate level courses can be used to complete baccalaureate degree requirements and fulfill the initial phase of study toward the MS-MGG degree, provided students perform well in these courses (B grade or higher) and apply to MS-MGG upon graduation with their baccalaureate degree. For courses in which both undergraduate and graduate students participate, AGRADE-MGG students will be held to the course standards required of graduate students.

Explicit in the path to an MS-MGG degree using the AGRADE-MGG mechanism is the requirement that students must complete a minimum of 34 credits of graduate level courses to earn an MS-MGG degree. Thus, courses listed on a student's undergraduate transcript at the time of application to the AGRADE-MGG program cannot be used for credit transfer into the AGRADE-MGG curriculum. Nonetheless, specified undergraduate courses will be considered (B grade or higher) for waiving the requirement to take mandated core AGRADE-MGG courses. In such cases, students must take approved AGRADE-MGG elective credits equivalent to the number of the waived graduate level credits. Further, specified undergraduate courses taken by AGRADE-MGG students can only stand in lieu of equivalent core MGG graduate courses (with a B or higher grade) if an equivalent number of AGRADE-MGG electives are taken.

Upon acceptance into the MS-MGG program, AGRADE-MGG courses will be treated as if they are graduate credits transferred from a graduate program at another university. The remaining graduate level credits required for a Masters degree (minimum of 34) will be earned in the usual manner within the MS-MGG program.

Only Plan A is available for AGRADE-MGG students. 

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