Applications to the M.S. in Genetic Counseling are accepted for the fall semester on a full-time basis only. Online applications and all supporting credentials must be submitted and received by the Graduate Admissions Office on or before January 15.
Applicants to the M.S. in Genetic Counseling must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for admission:
- Application for Admission
- Application fee: $50 (non-refundable)
- Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Supplemental Application (including the Personal Statement describing your reasons for pursuing a career in genetic counseling)
- Official undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any and all college(s) or universities you have attended.
- Bachelor's degree with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Higher GPAs are preferred.
- Competitive scores on the general Graduate Record Examination (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Analytical Writing). Scores cannot be more than five years old at the time of the application.
- Successful completion of the following course work is required:
- Biology, two semesters including laboratory sections
- Chemistry, two semesters including laboratory sections
- Organic Chemistry, two semesters OR Organic Chemistry, one semester and Biochemistry, one semester, laboratory sections optional but recommended
- Genetics, one semester
- Statistics, one semester
- Psychology, one semester
- Successful completion of the following course work is suggested:
- Medical Embryology
- An understanding of the genetic counseling profession. Many successful applicants have accomplished this by shadowing or meeting with a genetic counselor.
- Advocacy and/or health care experience in a volunteer or paid position. This allows applicants to gain personal and professional insight into professions whose goals are to help people.
- Three letters of recommendation
- Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.
- A criminal conviction and/or the use of illegal drugs may impede or bar entry into your chosen field of study. You should be aware that clinical and hospital sites may reject a student, or remove a student from their site if a criminal record is found or if a positive drug test is noted. Inability to gain clinical or field work will result in the inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. Inability to meet objectives and outcomes may result in your failure to complete the program requirements, thus requiring your withdrawal from the program. In addition, the presence of a criminal conviction may also prevent your completion of the required state or federal licensure, certification or registration process.
Application materials other than GRE scores, transcripts and letters of recommendaation should be submitted online. Transcripts and letters of recommendation should be mailed to:
Graduate Admissions Processing Center
15 Dan Road, Ste. 102
Canton, MA 02021
For more information about the genetic counseling profession visit the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
For a listing of accredited genetic counseling graduate programs visit the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.