- Choosing and applying to a genetic counseling program starts by determining which program makes the most sense for you based on location, class size, hospital affiliations, cost and more. Most applicants apply to several programs.
- There are many components to the application, including transcripts, test scores, advocacy and/or counseling experience, a personal statement and letters of recommendation.
- Most programs offer in-person or virtual interviews to a portion of their applicants.
- Applicants rank the programs in order of preference and the programs do the same with the applicants. A Match Program then determines admission status based on these rankings.
- Most programs notify applicants of their admission status on the same day, currently the end of April.
Exploring Genetic Counseling Training Programs
There are more than 50 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada with Master's degree programs in genetic counseling.
For a full list of programs, please visit the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) Genetic Counseling Training Program Directory.
How to Choose a Program
There are many factors to consider when choosing a genetic counseling training program. These include location, class size, clinical rotation sites, travel, housing, work opprtunities, cost, scholarship opportunities, and affiliation with a university, medical school, or hospital.
Applying to a Genetic Counseling Training Program
Contact each program individually in order to determine the exact requirements needed to complete an application including transcripts, test scores, advocacy experiences, a written statement, and letters of recommendation.
Contact each program for information about their application deadlines.
For more information on the application process, please visit the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Director (AGCPD)'s website for prospective students.