Applying to the Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Programs

Applicants interested in the undergraduate major or post-baccalaureate certificate program in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences must apply as described below, using the appropriate application for the desired program. If you have any questions, please contact us and we'll be more than happy to help guide you through the process.

Undergraduate Major Application Information

The undergraduate major in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences is only open to students in their junior and senior years. You should plan to apply by February 1 of your sophomore year. Regardless of your previously declared major, you are required to complete a supplemental application to be considered for the DGS program. Please consult the undergraduate admissions page for prerequisite coursework and other admissions criteria.

Application Deadline: February 1 for preferred consideration

How to Apply: Use our new online application form!

Required Application Components:

  1. Online Application
  2. Personal Statement: Applicants are required to submit a 500-word personal statement outlining the reason for choosing this major, experiences (if any) that led to deciding to apply to the program, and any career goals related to the program. Applicants applying to more than one program are required to submit a personal statement for each separate program.
    Optional: Applicants may attach a one-page sheet to the personal statement to provide any additional information that the admissions committee should consider (e.g. any unusual occurrences in academics). This is the appropriate section to address, for example, an illness or family problem that had an adverse effect on academic progress or success. The student should offer an explanation with information about the positive steps toward improvement.
  3. Transcripts: Submit all transcripts that apply:
    • UConn Transcript: Applicants must submit an unofficial (or official) University of Connecticut transcript if applying as a current or readmitted student. Transcripts must include the previous semester grades (i.e. if applying for Feb 1 deadline, transcripts must include the previous fall semester grades). Unofficial transcripts may be emailed as a PDF.
    • Other Transcript: If applicable, applicants (including current UConn students) must provide an official transcript (photocopies not accepted) for all institutions attended regardless of applicant status.
    • International Transcript: Applicants with education outside of the U.S. or Canada must submit transcripts of all coursework to a transcript evaluation agency (i.e. for translation and evaluation for equivalency. International applicants should allow a lead time of six months or more to complete all requirements of entry into the United States.
  4. Letters of recommendation: Applicants must provide at least two (2) but no more than three (3) letters of recommendation on the Admission Recommendation Form. One reference MUST be an academic reference (faculty/instructor/teaching assistant). The second may be employment, volunteer or academic, but not personal. The letter recommenders must use our provided form for their recommendations.

Submit by E-mail (letters of recommendation or official transcripts):

*Please note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, you must submit your application via email. Paper/mailed copies will not be accepted for the fall 2021 application cycle.*

Submit by Mail (letters of recommendation or official transcripts):

Department of Allied Health Sciences
Attn: DGS Admissions
University of Connecticut
358 Mansfield Rd. U-1101
Storrs, CT 06269

Submit In-Person (sealed letters of recommendation only):

Department of Allied Health Sciences
Koons Hall, Room 228
(860) 486-2834
Business Hours: 8:30 A.M.-5:00 P.M. (Monday-Friday)

The University of Connecticut supports all federal and state laws that promote equal opportunity and prohibit discrimination.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Application Information

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Application Information

The post-baccalaureate certificate in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences is only open to students who have earned (or will have earned) a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, molecular and cell biology, or a related subject area and completed appropriate prerequisite courses. For preferred consideration, applications are due by February 1 to begin the program in August. Later applications may be considered on a space-available basis. Please consult the certificate admissions page for prerequisite coursework and other admissions criteria.

To apply:

  1. Online Graduate School Application
    • Area: Health
    • Field of Study: "Diagnostic Sciences Post-Bacc Certificate"
  2. Transcripts for all institutions you have attended, whether or not you graduated from that institution
  3. 500-word Personal Statement (Helpful Hints)
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation - one must be an academic recommendation, the second may be academic or professional (no personal references accepted)
  5. $75 non-refundable application fee payable by credit card or PayPal during the application process

All application materials become the property of the Department of Allied Health Sciences and cannot be returned to you after submission. Please keep copies of application materials for your own records as needed/where possible.