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Frequently Asked Questions


The application process for Fall 2020 will open in October 2019

Application deadline - August 2020 (or until the program is filled)


General Information

How many students are in your program each year?

This year we have 15 students and a typical class will range from 12 to 18 students.  We keep the class size small to maintain a more personal relationship between the faculty and the students and among the students.

Are most of your students planning on continuing to Med School eventually?

Yes. Most, of our students are pre-med, but we have had students go work for research labs, pharmaceutical companies, forensic labs and biomedical technology companies.  Students have also gone on to PhD programs, genetic counseling programs, dental school and law school after completing our program. For a list of where some of our students go after they complete our program, click here.

What has the success rate been of previous students in being accepted to Medical School after completion of your program?

It varies from year to year, and there are some students that we lost track of, but from the information we have, we estimate that more than 90% of the students who apply to Medical School or a School of Osteopathy have been accepted - not all the following year.

I know other programs have some kind of deal with the medical schools regarding interviews to graduates of Masters programs within the same university, is there anything like that at Tulane?

Tulane Medical School knows and respects our MS program, but there is no linkage.  Students apply to Tulane Medical School like everyone else, but with the advantage of improved credentials and a knowledge of Tulane and the city of New Orleans.

Application & Acceptance

Is there a minimum GPA, MCAT, or GRE requirement?

No, but we rarely accept students with a GPA below a 3.0, MCAT below a 500, or GRE below 300.

How many people who apply to the program are accepted?

It varies from year to year, but we get somewhere between 50 and 70 applications and accept approximately 2/3 of those that apply.  We have found that a third to a half of the people we accept actually matriculate.

Do I need to pay a deposit once I am accepted and decide to attend your program?

Yes.  Upon acceptance, a $500 deposit is required to hold your spot.  This will be applied to your tuition.

Do you allow "conditional acceptances"?

No.  We require all of the application materials to be submitted before an admissions decision is made.  If you are currently taking classes or planning on taking classes after you apply, be sure to send us updated transcripts as they become available.

Do you accept foreign students?

Yes.  All application materials must be submitted in English and GPAs must be on a 4.0 scale.  For non-English speaking students, TOEFL scores are required.

Are there any scholarships, teaching, or research opportunities available with this program?

No.  There are no scholarships or assistantships available for this program.

If I want to apply to more than 1 Masters program at Tulane, do I need to fill out multiple applications?

Yes.  For every Masters program that you apply to, you will need to submit a separate application.  Departments will share supporting documents, so if you plan on applying to additional program, please send a request to Dr. Weissbecker via email at kremer@tulane.edu.


What courses are offered?

A list of courses is provided here or under Curriculum in the right navigation column.  All students take the same courses covering all aspects of Human Genetics.

In terms of the actual degree, I noticed that there is a paper involved in completion of the program, is it a literature-based paper?

Yes, it is a 20 to 30 page literature review on a topic of your choice (has to be related to genetics).  Each student has a faculty mentor to provide guidance in the writing of the paper and who will be the one who decides the grade for the paper. But it is not a “thesis paper” as it does not require original research.

How does your advising system work?

We are a small program with a small faculty.  Any problems with classes you can talk to the teacher, any problems with paperwork you can talk to Dr. Weissbecker or Zylkia in the Biomedical Science office.  Any problems with life, Dr. Weissbecker will try to help, and there is a Student Mental Health Clinic on the Uptown Tulane campus. In general, graduate school is more “on your own” than undergrad.  The Uptown campus of Tulane (where the undergraduate school is) also has a pre-med advisor.