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Genomic Advocacy Graduate Certificate


Genomics can provide new treatments and cures for diseases as well as offer solutions to pressing problems facing mankind. However, the study of genomes opens the door to unintended social, business, legal, and ethical consequences. For a growing number of professions, a working knowledge of genomics is needed to interpret genomic data, act with skill and sensitivity, and understand the societal issues arising from legal, insurance, and ethical realms.

To address this need, the University offers an online Genomic Advocacy Graduate Certificate. The program is ideal for health care providers, educators, administrators, and professionals in health services, insurance and risk management, employee benefits, criminology and criminal justice, policy analysis, and law.

  • The Genomic Advocacy Graduate Certificate Program is a 15-credit-hour program that can be completed entirely online or on the ISU campus. Individuals have the option of completing the certificate or enrolling in one (or more) courses.
  • The program offers students an interdisciplinary approach, combining studies in biology, political science, business, and ethics.
  • Coursework includes four core courses covering topics in genome science, bioethics, public policy, and business and consumer implications of genomics. In addition, students select an elective, which enables them to customize the program to fit their particular needs and interests. The program can be completed in 12-18 months, depending on the elective selected.
  • All courses are developed and taught by ISU faculty members who hold doctoral degrees and engage in scholarly research.
  • Courses in this certificate program may partially satisfy requirements in other ISU graduate programs in areas such as biology, criminology and criminal justice, health sciences, human resource development, nursing, public administration, public health, business, and social work. Students should check with their advisors to determine course applicability.
  • Upon successful completion of program requirements, students are awarded a Certificate in Genomic Advocacy.

Note: In addition to offering the online Genomic Advocacy Graduate Certificate Program, the University has established The Center for Genomic Advocacy, whose mission is to develop a community of advocates through interdisciplinary studies in biology, political science, business, ethics, and health. Visit the site to browse a variety of resources including reading materials and video presentations.

Required Courses:

All courses are offered online. On-campus visits are not required. High-speed Internet access is required.

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Admission Requirements:

This program is open to in-state and many out-of-state students. This program is closed to all students residing abroad (including international students) except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree granted by a regionally accredited institution
  • Have earned one of the following:
    • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 in all undergraduate coursework
    • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work
    • a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all courses taken at the graduate level
  • The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

Note: The admission requirements listed above are for the Genomic Advocacy Graduate Certificate Program. For admission requirements for other graduate programs offered by Indiana State University, students should contact the academic department or program coordinator for that particular program.

Application Instructions:

  1. Apply online.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. To be official, transcripts must be sent directly from the college attended to: Graduate Admissions, Indiana State University, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809-1904. E-transcripts should be sent to
  3. Submit a nonrefundable application fee of $45.00 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) or $65.00 (international students) payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check or money order payable to Indiana State University. Submit payment to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809.
  4. Submit a one-page statement of intent, a written statement of the applicant's reasons for entering the Genomic Advocacy Graduate Certificate Program. Submit statement as part of the online application process.
  5. International applicants must submit official scores for the TOEFL, ELS, or IELTS, or provide equivalent evidence of English proficiency. Submit scores to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809-1904

Once admitted, students receive notification from the University as well as their University ID number needed to activate their Sycamore login on the MyISU Portal. The Portal offers access to online registration, University records, and other important University services, including e-mail, and University announcements.

Note: Returning ISU students must apply for re-admission if they have not attended ISU for more than two calendar years.


The Genomic Advocacy Graduate Certificate Program accepts application for student enrollment throughout the year. There are no application deadlines. Applicants should receive admission decisions within one calendar month of the application submission.

Fees & Expenses:

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Financial Aid & Assistance:

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Further Information:

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345

Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the state of Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.

The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.