Graduate programs
Both the M.S. and PhD students have come from a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, biology, botany, zoology, microbiology, marine sciences, nursing, chemistry, pharmacology, and medical technology. Students are supported by scholarships and grants from Ministry of Education, National Science Council, and other public or private scholarships.

M.S. program 修業辦法

The M.S. students are required to gain a general knowledge of genetics, complete required courses, formulate and conduct an original research, and write up and defend a thesis. Entrance to the program requires passing a competitive written examination and interview. The number of students admitted to the M.S. program each year has been about 16.

The accepted students enroll in a summer laboratory course in which they are exposed to important research techniques in the faculty members' labs. After that they are assigned a thesis advisor by the Orientation Committee based on mutual consents and other consideration. Most students get their first choices.

Required courses are: Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Graduate Seminars, Modern Research Techniques in Biology, and Thesis

Past male M.S. graduates, when enlisted in the armed service, usually engaged in health-related duties. They often competed very successfully for admission (frequently with scholarships) to Ph.D. programs, abroad and domestic. Some of our outstanding students continued in Rockefeller University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Washington, Duke University, and Max Planck Institute.

Bioinformatics M. S. program (生物資訊學程)
Starting in 2000, we added a new exciting program - Bioinformatics (生物資訊學程). This is a joint program organized with several graduate institutes to provide training in modern genomic and bioinformatics reseach at the M. S. level.

Developmental Biology M. S. program (發育生物學程)

Starting in 2001, we have another new program, Developmental Biology (發育生物學程), to offer training in modern animal developmental biology research at the M. S. level.
By 2004, the Developmental Biology program was discontinued and extended becoming a new program named Molecular and Developmental Biology program (分子及發育生物學程) to strengthen our current research and teaching directions.

Genetic Counseling M.S. program (遺傳諮詢學組)

Starting in 2002, we initiated a new training program in Genetic Counseling at the M. S. level. A credit-certificate (遺傳諮詢推廣教育碩士學分班), rather than a formal M. S. degree, was granted to the students. In adding to the credit-certificate program, a formal M.S. degree granting program will start in 2003.

Ph.D. program 修業辦法

Current students in the M.S. program may apply for continuation in the Ph.D. program after successfully demonstrating their academic proficiency. Other applicants must have a M.S. degree of equivalent, and pass a competitive written examination and interview. The number of students admitted to the Ph.D. program each year has been about 2 to 6.

The accepted students must rotate in the labs of three faculty members, where they engaged in a research project for two to three months. A thesis advisor is assigned at the end of the first semester based on mutual consents. The wishes of both sides are almost absolutely respected.

A Ph.D. student is expected to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of genetics and genetics-related field. This knowledge will evaluated by the academic performance in course works and a qualifying exam (to be completed before the end of the third year) consisting of a research proposal. The thesis research is expected to result in at least two full papers in scientific journals.

Required courses are: Genetics, Biochemistry and MolecularBiology, Cell Biology, Graduate Seminars, Laboratory Rotation, and Dissertation.

Elective courses - A selective list
Biostatistics, Applications of Computers in Molecular Biology, Molecular Evolution, Developmental Biology, Biochemical Genetics, Human Genetics, Population Genetics, Bacterial Genetics.