How to Apply

Applying to Genomic Sciences

What you will need:

  • Application
  • Personal Statement (you may also include a CV or resume)
  • All Transcripts (originals are not required for application purposes)
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL / IELTS
  • Three Recommendations

GRE General Score Requirements:

The GRE general exam is required of all applicants. The General GRE test scores expire five years after the test date. Expired scores are not accepted.

The institution code 5496 is the only code needed to report scores to NC State University. If ETS gives you an option to report a test to NCSU undergraduate admissions, select the NCSU Graduate School instead.

TOEFL or IELTS Score Requirements:

English proficiency is a requirement for successful graduate studies at N.C. State. The Graduate School standards for demonstration of proficiency, which are necessary in order to be admitted to graduate study, may be found here .

The institution code 5496 is the only code needed to report scores to NC State University. If ETS gives you an option to report a test to NCSU undergraduate admissions, select the NCSU Graduate School instead.

How to apply:

To apply to either Bioinformatics or Functional Genomics, visit the NC State Graduate School website and fill out the application using the ApplyYourself website.


Frequently Asked Questions

Which degree should I apply for?

We offer five different degrees, MR (non-thesis master’s degree; i.e. no research) and PhD in Bioinformatics, and MR, MS, and PhD in Functional Genomics.

Our Bioinformatics program emphasizes statistical and computational approaches, PhD dissertations would likely involve development of new algorithms for data analysis. While it is possible for our Bioinformatics students to do “wet-lab” work, most of our Bioinformatics students complete their degrees doing only computer work.

Our Functional Genomics program emphasizes a “wet-lab” approach, using technologies that address whole genomes to solve biological problems.


When are applications due by?

Applications are due by January 15th for the following Fall.


Is there a minimum GRE or GPA required?

While the GRE is required, we do not have a minimum requirement, as we examine the entire application when making a decision. We are looking for a strong record, however, deficiencies in one area may be compensated by outstanding achievements in another.


Do I have to take the TOEFL/IELTS? Is there a minimum score?

If you are not from a country where English is the official language, or have successfully completed at least one year of full time study in a degree program at a four-year US college or university, then you must take an English proficiency test.

The minimum total score for the TOEFL is 80. For IELTS, you must make at least an 6.5 in each of the sections (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Scores maybe no older than two years old.


Do I need to submit my official transcripts? Where?

No, for application purposes you do not have to submit official transcripts. If you are admitted, official transcripts will then be requested.


How much is tuition?

Please see the Cashiers Office website for details.


Do I need to fill out financial aid forms?

No, all applicants are automatically considered for all forms of financial support that they qualify for. In general, financial support is offered primarily to Ph.D. seeking students, however, seeking a Master’s (MR) degree may be appropriate for an industry internship.