Genetic Counseling Frequently Asked Questions
When are applications due? Applications are due on January 15.
What are the Graduate record Examination (GRE) codes? Arcadia University's GRE code is 2039.
Where do I send applications and supporting documents? Applications and supporting documents should be sent to:
Enrollment Management Office
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038-3295
Can I still apply even if I haven't finished all the pre-requisite courses? Yes, applications will be reviewed from applicants who have not completed all of the pre-requisite courses with the understanding that an accepted student must complete these courses before classes start in September.
When will I be notified if I am offered an interview? Invitations for interviews are generally emailed in mid-February.
When do interviews take place? Interviews are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the month of March and in early April. Invited applicants will be instructed to call the Genetic Counseling Department office to schedule an interview.
When will I be notified whether I've been accepted to the program? There is a universal acceptance date for all Genetic Counseling programs approved by the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors (AGSPD). This date is usually the last Monday in April.
How many students apply to Arcadia's program? How many students are accepted? The Arcadia University Genetic Counseling program receives more than 100 applications per year, and 12-14 students are accepted for the incoming class.
What are the average GPA and GRE scores of accepted students? We look for a minimum GPA of 3.3, GRE score of 150 for both quantitative and verbal sections, and a minimum of 4.0 on the Analytical section are recommended. However, multiple factors are considering during the admissions process. The admissions committee weighs many variables when selecting a student, so students who do not have these minimum requirements are still welcome to apply.
What type of volunteer experience do I need? The admissions committee would like to see that the applicant has observed some genetic counseling sessions prior to applying to the program. However, due to many constraints, this type of opportunity is not available to all applicants. In lieu of genetic counseling observations, work in other health-related fields will be considered. Experience with some form of crisis counseling is also recommended.
Are scholarships or financial aid available to students? For the past two years, scholarships (averaging $7,500 per student) have been awarded to all accepted students . All students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships which pay $14.29 per hour.
Does Arcadia accept international students? If so, are there additional entrance exams? The Arcadia Genetic Counseling program does admit international students. International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language except for non-native speakers of English who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required.
Whom should I ask for letters of recommendations? Three personal letters of recommendation are required for admissions, including at least one from a college professor and one from a practicing genetic counselor or comparable health professional.
Can I visit Arcadia's Genetic Counseling program? Graduate Open Houses are held three times a year in the months of April, August and November. Other dates can be arranged by contacting the program director.
Is there a thesis requirement? Each student develops and performs an independent research project. The projects are initiated in the second semester of the first year and written up as a thesis by the end of the second year. Many of these projects are subsequently submitted for presentation at national meetings and/or for publication.