How do I apply to the dual degree/dual track program?
You can apply for the dual degree/dual track after you have been accepted to your primary professional program. On your student portal, use the "CGS Dual Application" link, which allows you to transfer your health professions application to the Precision Medicine Program for admissions consideration. Additionally, you will be required to submit a personal statement indicating how the Precision Medicine M.S. (dual degree) or PGCert (dual track) fits into your professional goals. You will see the instructions for the personal statement while making your application.
How do I apply to the stand-alone Post-Graduate Certificate program?
You can apply to the stand-alone Post-Graduate Certificate program by using the APPLY button on the home page for the Post-Graduate Certificate in Precision Medicine. Please contact the Midwestern University Glendale, AZ Admissions Office if you have questions or have any difficulty applying: (623) 572-3215 or (888) 247-9277; email@example.com.
What degree programs does Midwestern University offer in Precision Medicine?
Midwestern University offers a dual degree Master of Science with an applied genomics capstone project as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate, which can be completed as either a dual track or a stand-alone program. All programs teach students to understand genetics and genomics data, describe how it is created and applied, and demonstrate basic bioinformatic analytical methods. Students will learn to determine what those data mean in practical terms for a patient’s physical and mental health, and utilize their knowledge to determine how that data can best be used to meet the medical needs of individual patients or populations.
I am admitted to a professional program on the Downers Grove, IL campus. Can I apply to a Precision Medicine dual degree/dual track program?
Yes. Precision Medicine is a cross-campus program. Current or admitted Midwestern University students on both the Glendale, AZ and Downers Grove, IL campuses may submit their MWU healthcare professional application (using a transfer link in the student portal) to the Precision Medicine Program for admissions consideration.
Can all current or admitted MWU students apply for admission to either the dual degree Master of Science or the dual track Post-Graduate Certificate?
No. The Master of Science requires two summer quarters in which the primary program does not have required courses. Therefore, only students in the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Dental Medicine, and Doctor of Optometry programs are able to apply for the Master of Science degree. Some of these programs (D.O., D.M.D., and O.D.) utilize the summer prior to matriculation as one of the necessary summer quarters. Students in any Midwestern graduate healthcare program can apply for the dual track Post-Graduate Certificate.
Is it possible to transfer between the Master of Science and Post-Graduate Certificate programs?
Yes, it is possible for some students to transfer between the Master of Science and Post-Graduate Certificate and vice versa. Interested dual degree or dual track students should contact the Program Director to discuss transferring between the Master of Science and Post-Graduate Certificate or vice versa. In some cases, it may be possible for a student not eligible to initially apply to the Master of Science to later transfer to the Master of Science from the Post-Graduate Certificate with the approval of the Program Director. It is not currently possible for students accepted to the stand-alone Post-Graduate Certificate to transfer to the Master of Science degree because the Master of Science is currently only offered on a dual degree basis.
What is the application deadline?
The application window opens November 1st and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early for the best chance of admission. The deadline for dual degree Master of Science or dual track Post-Graduate Certificate applications is April 1st or the first business day thereafter. The deadline for stand-alone applications to the Post-Graduate Certificate is April 15th or the first business day thereafter.
How many credits are the Precision Medicine degrees?
The Master of Science in Precision Medicine degree consists of 46 quarter-credit hours which includes required core and elective coursework, and an applied genomics capstone project. Up to 18 hours of dual credit will be awarded from the students’ primary degree program.
The Post-Graduate Certificate in Precision Medicine is a 22 quarter-credit hour program that includes required core and elective coursework that is very similar to the Master of Science. However, the Post-Graduate Certificate does not require completion of a capstone project and does not include transfer of dual credit courses from the primary program when taken as a dual track.
What does a typical course load look like for a Master of Science (M.S.) student?
Information can be found on the Master of Science Curriculum page
What does a typical course load look like for a Post-Graduate Certificate (PGCert) student?
Information can be found on the Post-Graduate Certificate Curriculum page
Do courses in my primary program count toward the Master of Science (M.S.) in Precision Medicine degree?
Yes, the M.S. program requires and is designed to allow the transfer of up to 18 credits of approved courses completed in the primary program. For a list of courses eligible for transfer dual-credit in the M.S. program, see the M.S. in Precision Medicine entry in the Midwestern University course catalog.
Do courses in my primary program count toward the dual track Post-Graduate Certificate (PGCert) in Precision Medicine Program?
No, the PGCert program does not require and does not allow for transfer credits from the primary program.
As a dual degree Master of Science (M.S.) student, will I have to take courses during the primary program academic year?
Yes, although the majority of the M.S. coursework is taken during the summer quarters, students should be enrolled in an elective or one required course during other quarters. Refer to the M.S. in Precision Medicine entry in the Midwestern University course catalog for a sample course sequence.
As a dual track student, will I have to take other Post-Graduate Certificate (PGCert) courses during the primary program academic year?
Yes, students will be enrolled in at least one Precision Medicine course during every quarter. Refer to the PGCert in Precision Medicine entry in the Midwestern University course catalog for a sample course sequence.
Will I be assigned an advisor?
Students in each cohort will be assigned a faculty advisor to assist them with academic concerns, program completion, and the capstone project (for M.S. students). In addition to the faculty advisor, the Program Director, Associate Program Director, College of Graduate Studies Dean, Associate Dean, and the Dean of Students are also available to assist students. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact with the faculty advisor for assistance.
What is the capstone project completed by M.S. students?
The capstone project provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate competence in basic genome analysis and assessment of genetic risk alleles. Students will make a health-focused assessment of an anonymized human genome and identify gene variants associated directly with genetic diseases or with increased risk for diseases, and then evaluate the consequences of those gene variants. The capstone project culminates in a written clinical genetic report of the findings and a formal presentation of the findings to Precision Medicine Program faculty and students.
I have specific questions about the cost of attending with the dual degree/dual track options, where can I find more information?
The Office of Student Financial Services can advise on cost of attendance, financial aid options, and other questions related to attendance. Refer to the office’s website for additional information:
Are students in the Precision Medicine Program eligible for Federal Financial Aid?
Yes, dual degree and dual track students in the program are eligible for Federal Financial Aid as long as they are taking a minimum of 6 credit hours in a quarter (courses in the primary program of study can count for some of the required credit hours). Students in the stand-alone Post-Graduate Certificate program may not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid, as they will only be enrolled in 2-3 credit hours per quarter. These students should contact the Office of Student Financial Services to discuss other options for covering tuition costs.
Where can I find resources and required textbooks?
The Midwestern University Library offers a variety of resources for students including many e-books on the Precision Medicine Library Page. Desk copies of some required textbooks may be available in the reserved section of the libraries on both the Downers Grove, IL and Glendale, AZ campuses. Many of the required textbooks are also available at the library as e-books. Some allow for unlimited users while others are limited to one user at a time. See the Midwestern library website for further details. Course syllabi will indicate if there are required textbooks for a course. Not all courses will have required texts.
What are the computer requirements for the online Master of Science and Post-Graduate Certificate Programs?
Students enrolled in online courses are expected to have consistent access to an updated computer that is connected to reliable internet, installed with a word processing and a presentation program (e.g., Microsoft Office, Mac Pages/Keynote), and equipped with a microphone, speakers, and webcam.
Will I need to purchase my own genomic analysis software?
No. The university will provide access to analysis software and servers that will enable students to perform all of the required data processing and other analysis.