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All applications are submitted to the GST program via the Graduate School’s electronic application portal. To apply to GST, please choose ‘Life Sciences’ as the Major. Applications received by January 15th  are eligible for an application fee waiver!

The application requires curriculum vitae, 1-2 page statement of purpose, transcripts, optional GRE scores (general test) and TOEFL scores (if applicable). Three letters of recommendation are also required. References are to be from professionals qualified to evaluate your scientific and academic background. Applicants should submit the names, titles, and contact information for individuals who will provide references, and those individuals will be contacted by the university’s ADMIT program directly. We welcome informal inquiries. We are also interested in learning how you learned about GST, and you will receive a brief questionnaire asking how you learned about our program after your initial application.

The target date for applications is January 15. Note that GST emphasizes PhD level training. It is uncommon for students to be admitted into the M.S. track.

The deadline for international applicants is February 1. Graduate Admissions will accept copies of transcripts for initial evaluation but requires original transcripts prior to formal admission.

Any questions? Feel free to ask us here.


Major: To apply to GST, enter ‘Life Sciences‘ as the Major. Select ‘Genome Science and Technology’ as the Specialization.

Curriculum Vitae: List schooling, employment, research experience, publications, and other data pertinent to your application with GST.

Study Plan: The “Study Plan” should detail your background, including research experience, goals and interests as they pertain to admission to the GST program.

Transcripts: Records should show each year of schooling, individual courses completed with grades received, rank, grading system, and awarded degree(s). For applicants with international degrees, the minimum requirement is a 4-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent (3-year B.Sc. degrees are not acceptable) with at least a B average on undergraduate course work and B+ on all previous graduate work. On various grading scales  at least a B average on undergraduate course work (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). The UT Graduate school will evaluate international transcripts and convert your grade point average to a 4.0 scale for use by the admissions committee.

GRE: The GRE is optional; there is no cutoff score. The score is considered by the Admissions Committee. Have scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to The University of Tennessee, Institution #1843. Be advised that it may take 6-8 weeks from the date of your GRE examination for the scores to arrive.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): The minimum acceptable score is 80 and the admissions committee prefers that all four sub-scores are above 20. Scores should be less than 2 years old. Have official report of scores sent directly from the TOEFL Education Testing Service to The University of Tennessee, Institution #1843. Applicants who will have received a degree from a U.S. institution in the past 2 years are exempt from the TOEFL requirements. The UT Graduate School website has a list of other countries that are exempt from TOEFL requirements. Scores from IELTS are also accepted.

Application Fee: A $60 fee must accompany the application to the Graduate School. GST is willing to pay your application fee for you! To take advantage of this offer (i) your complete set of application materials (including the Statement of Purpose) must be gathered into a single .pdf document and submitted to Terrie Yeatts in the GST office ( by January 15; (ii) you need to request the fee waiver; (iii) at the time of your application you need to ask us for instructions for how to navigate the Graduate Admissions online application.

Deadline. International applicants are advised to complete their application to Graduate Admissions by February 1. There is no official deadline for domestic applicants.

Review of applications. Applications are reviewed by the GST Admissions Committee. Competitive applicants will be interviewed by phone or invited to attend an on-site interview and recruiting event, which takes place in early March. Non-competitive applicants may be advised of their status upon request. Offers of admission are usually extended in March.

Here is a general timeline to keep in mind when applying to GST:

Prior to January 15:

  1. Start the application file online through the graduate school’s ADMIT portal, accessible through the Graduate Admissions web site.
  2. Request the reference letters to be submitted on your behalf.
  3. In order for GST to pay for your application, you must have all materials gathered into a single .pdf which you must submit to GST prior to January 15. You must submit the file via email to Terrie Yeatts ( who will then inform you of how to apply using GST’s special code.

February 1: International Application Deadline

Late February/March: Select candidates are interviewed at UTK.

March: GST offers are sent out to chosen applicants.

May 15: International applications must be officially accepted and complete with official transcripts in order for visa documentation to be prepared for an August 1 start.