Genetic Counseling Admissions Requirements

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements, the following requirements must be met. All application materials must be in the Office of Enrollment Management by January 15.

  • A Genetic Counseling application, including personal statements, to be completed online at
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.3 or better.
  • One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
  • The prerequisite courses listed below. All courses used toward the minimum prerequisites must be taken through the appropriate departments, e.g., Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the start of the Genetic Counseling program. One-half of the prerequisite courses must have been taken within 10 years prior to application.
    • Biological Sciences—four courses in Biology, including General Genetics. (Human Genetics should not be substituted for a General Genetics course.)
    • Chemistry—three courses, to include at least one semester each of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry.
    • Psychology—two courses.
    • Statistics—one course, which should include descriptive statistics, differences between two means, correlation and beginning concepts of analysis of variance.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one from a professor and one from a practicing genetic counselor or comparable health professional.
  • Test scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken within the last five years. A minimum score of at least 150  is required for the verbal and quantitative portions of the test. A minimum score of 4 is required for the analytical writing portion of the test.
  • A personal interview with the program director and assistant director.
  • Knowledge of the profession through work or volunteer experience. A broad overview of the profession is preferable to experience in a limited area.
  • A high degree of both physical and emotional health.
  • International applicants should visit 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 or who have not earned 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.

All application materials must be sent to the Office of Enrollment Management.

Application Deadline

All application documents, along with a $50 ($25 online application) non-refundable application fee, must be submitted to the Office of Enrollment Management by January 15 of the year in which the applicant is seeking admission.

Notification of admission is made to applicants by telephone, letter, or e-mail on the universal acceptance date in late spring, and candidates are expected to reply by the date indicated in their notification. A $500 deposit must accompany the acceptance reply. This deposit is applied to the first semester tuition, and it is non-refundable if students fail to enter the program on the date for which they are accepted.


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