Van Andel Institute Graduate School is intended for students seeking a Ph.D. in cell and molecular genetics that prepares them for leadership positions in biomedical research.
The program is open to all applicants regardless of race, gender, ethnic or national origin, religion or age. Individuals from demographic groups that are underrepresented among professional scientists are especially encouraged to apply. The Graduate School welcomes international applicants (those who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents). International applicants admitted to VAIGS will be sponsored in the J-1 student (college and university) visa category; Van Andel Institute is not currently designated to sponsor F-1 visas.
To ensure full consideration for fall admission, applications should be received by December 1 the year prior to that in which the student will matriculate. Application forms are located in our online portal, which may be found below. There is no fee to apply. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Graduate School office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616.234.5722.
Bachelor of Arts or Science (B.A. or B.S.) degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment
Typical preparation includes courses in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, physics and mathematics. Applicants with other academic backgrounds may be considered if they perform well on the GRE and provide appropriate evidence of excellent training, qualifications and motivation.
As an important part of admission criteria, research experience may include undergraduate research internships, summer research programs, Master’s thesis research or medical research clerkships. Successful applicants will demonstrate these experiences have provided a thorough understanding of what a research career entails, that they have passion for research, and that they have exceptional talent and aptitude for science.
Overall academic excellence
The Graduate School does not have a GPA threshold; however, students should demonstrate a solid academic record and commitment to academic excellence.
GRE score (general test)
Only scores from the past five years will be considered. A score on the general test is required. Subject-specific tests are optional.
Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
It is highly recommended that applicants acquire letters from faculty members who know them and their academic work and, if applicable, who supervised independent study or research. These references should complete and return the Standardized Admission Evaluation Form along with their letter.
High competence in skills important to a career in scientific research
These skills include critical thinking, writing and public speaking.
A deep passion for understanding the mysteries of life and disease as well as a commitment to the improvement of health.
Step one: Fill out the application on our online portal, which may be accessed by clicking APPLY NOW below. There is no fee to apply.
In addition to completing the online application, upload the following materials into the online portal:
Step two: Send the following items to:
Van Andel Institute Graduate School
333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2518