Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in biological sciences or related field, from a regionally accredited institution. A degree in Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry or Psychology are common but not required.
Prerequisite courses required for enrollment into the Genetic Counseling Program
- 2 semesters of undergraduate Biology
- 1 semester of undergraduate Chemistry
- 1 semester of undergraduate Biochemistry
- 1 semester of undergraduate Genetics
- 1 semester of undergraduate Statistics
At least 2 semesters from any of the following undergraduate courses:
- Psychology, Sociology and/or Public Health
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Health Solutions.
Volunteer, employment and shadowing experiences
All applicants are strongly encouraged to interview genetic counselors and observe genetic counseling sessions when possible. Experience working in the health care setting, volunteering or working with individuals who have special needs, advocacy experience or experience providing crisis counseling is also highly recommended.
Documents applicants are required to submit:
- Graduate admission application and application fee
- Official transcripts
- Proof of English proficiency*
- Letter of intent/written statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- Professional resume
*Additional Application Information:
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.
All required academic standards for enrollment
Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in the last 60 hours of a student’s first bachelor’s degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = “A”) in an applicable master’s degree program.