How to Apply

Applications for admission to the Department of Human Genetics are processed through the Office of Student Affairs at Pitt Public Health. You must apply for the MS human genetics, MPH, and PhD programs through SOPHAS, the centralized application service for graduate schools of public health. Applications for the MS in Genetic Counseling Program and MS in Genetic Counseling/MPH in Public Health Genetics dual degree program must be submitted through SOPHAS Express. Please note, SOPHAS submits applications to Pitt Public Health only after all required materials are received. Applicants who have submitted applications may track their status online.

Please review the Pitt Public Health requirements for admission before applying.

Acceptable undergraduate training includes the following:

MS in human genetics and PhD applicants
  • Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to the biological or behavioral sciences from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores above the 70th percentile for the verbal and quantitative tests
  • Introductory courses in genetics and calculus are required; additional coursework in biochemistry and behavioral or social sciences are recommended but not required.
MS in Genetic Counseling
  • Please see the Genetic Counseling Program's Admissions page for information on admissions requirements
MPH in Public Health Genetics
  • Candidates must have a degree in a discipline relevant to public health or must have substantial knowledge of a discipline relevant to public health either gained either through study or experience
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores above the 70th percentile for the verbal and quantitative tests
  • Coursework in genetics, biochemistry, and calculus is helpful but not required.

International Applicants

In addition to the application materials required of all students, international students must submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam and a WES evaluation. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the written test or 80 on the Internet test is required for all foreign students. The minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is Band 6.5, and applicants must take the academic writing and reading modules of the test.

Review by departmental committees takes on average of four to six weeks. As soon as an application is returned to the Office of Student Affairs, the applicant will be notified of the admissions committee's decision.


Application deadlines for all programs

Application questions?

For more information about applying or tuition and financial aid, please visit Pitt Public Health admissions, or contact Noel Harrie by phone at 412-624-3066 or email.