Genetic Counseling, MS

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The future is bright for genetic counselors! U.S. News & World Report ranked genetic counselor at #2 in Best Healthcare Support Jobs in 2020. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth rate of 29% for genetic counseling positions between the years 2014 to 2024.

Program Description

A program fee is pending ABOR approval

Degree Awarded: MS Genetic Counseling
The Master of Science genetic counseling program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC), will prepare students for a successful career as a genetic counselor where they can apply their knowledge and unique skill set to help advance the understanding of genetics and genomic-related conditions within the communities where they work and live.

The two-year, full time program offers an engaging and comprehensive curriculum covering: clinical genetics and genomics; the fundamentals of genetic counseling and advanced genetic counseling techniques; cultural competencies in genetics; social and ethical dimensions of genetic counseling and decision-making; and the role of genetic counselors in laboratories and research. The curriculum is taught by genetic counselors and medical geneticists.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in diverse fieldwork experiences throughout Phoenix. Upon graduation, new graduates will be prepared to pass the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) certification exam and find a job that fits their unique skill set.

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Mission and Objectives

The mission of the Master of Science in genetic counseling at Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions is: prepare genetic counselors to work in the field of genetics where they will apply their knowledge and unique skill set to help advance the understanding of genetics and genomics-related conditions in order to improve health outcomes within the communities where they work and live.

The objectives of the program are the following:

  • Instill a sense of personal, professional and societal responsibility to respect, honor and value each other, professional colleagues, clients and members of our communities
  • Ensure new graduates meet the Practice-Based Competencies for Genetic Counselors
  • Prepare new graduates to pass the American Board of Genetic Counseling certification examination
  • Equip new graduates to be able to secure a job in the healthcare field, a laboratory setting or other position relevant to their expertise in genetics and genetic counseling
  • Provide new graduates with the skills to be able to conduct research, read and write manuscripts related to the field of genetics/genomics and genetic counseling 

Accreditation Status

“Accredited, New Program” status by ACGC.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee estimates can be found on the ASU tuition estimator page.