About Us

The Graduate Program in Molecular and Human Genetics provides outstanding educational opportunities for students who wish to pursue a career in research, education, and service in this field.

Among genetics departments at U.S. medical schools, the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine ranks first in funding from the National Institutes of Health. The Department’s faculty includes members of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine as well as Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators. 

Baylor College of Medicine is the only academic institution to offer Clinical Whole Exome Sequencing. Students enrolled in our program have the unique opportunity to attend Whole Exome Sign Out Conferences, held monthly on campus. There they witness the tremendous impact next generation sequencing technology has had on the evaluation of Mendelian disorders.

Students in the program obtain rigorous training in modern biology with a special emphasis on genetics. They also participate in cutting-edge research on a variety of topics and publish their work in some of the best peer-reviewed journals in the world. The unique environment of a large medical center provides students with an opportunity to obtain education and practical experience in both basic and applied research.

The program in Molecular and Human Genetics requires a full-time commitment to graduate studies and research. In order to encourage our students to fulfill their potential and to excel in their work, students receive a competitive stipend, health and dental insurance. The stipend of $29,000 for academic year 2015/16 will increase to $30,000 in academic year 2016/17, $31,000 in academic year 2017/18, and $32,000 in academic year 2018/19. Students do not pay tuition.

Students who obtain funding through personal fellowships receive an additional $3,000 bonus from the Dean of the Graduate School. 

Our location in Houston, the U.S. city where a paycheck stretches the farthest, allows our students to have a higher standard of living than students elsewhere in the country.