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Genetics Counseling Requirements

University of Cincinnati: Masters in Genetics Counseling

  • Bachelors degree in any subject documented by formal transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • GRE scores from the last five years
  • Accepted students have a wide range of GRE scores, GRE scores ranging anywhere from the 50th to 99th percentiles are competitive
  • Subject GRE is not required
  • No prerequisite courses are required for admission. However, we expect accepted students to have a foundation in the basic sciences. We suggest that undergraduates consider what science courses fit into your major and schedule that may also serve as a firm foundation for graduate study. Consider taking some (not necessarily all) of the following courses--basic and advanced biology, genetics, human genetics, molecular genetics, organic chemistry, biochemistry. When reviewing applications, we look for some exposure to genetics ? A three page essay that clearly articulates why you have applied to the program
  • Three letters of reference are required

The average GPA is a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. However accepted students have a variety of GPAs, those with less than 3.0 should demonstrate strong credentials in other areas of the application for the applicant to be competitive.

The graduate school programs for Genetics Counseling are highly competitive and accept a very few number of students ranging anywhere from 2 – 10 students.

Case Western: Masters in Genetics Counseling Reserve Admission Requirements

  • Results of Graduate Record Examination scores on the general examination. Subject examination is not required, but highly recommended.
  • Successful completion of the following prerequisite courses:
    Biology - minimum of one year
    Genetics - minimum of one semester
    Biochemistry - minimum of one semester
    Statistics - minimum of one semester
    Psychology - minimum of one semester
    Anatomy and/or Physiology are highly recommended
  • Advocacy Experiences
    Counseling and/or laboratory experiences that are relevant to genetics, medical genetics and genetic counseling are highly recommended. Such experiences as counseling with a crisis hot line or Planned Parenthood program (paid or volunteer), working with individuals with disabilities and shadowing a genetic counselor are examples of experiences that are appropriate. Laboratory experience is also desirable. The applicant should strive for experiences that provide for one-on-one interactions with others. Moreover, in the application personal statement, applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the field of genetic counseling, what led to their choosing this field as a career and discuss how their previous experiences have enriched their understanding of the profession of genetic counseling.
  • Interview. An interview is required. All interviews are by invitation only.

Northwestern University: Masters in Genetics Counseling

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, psychology, social work, nursing, or a related field.
  • The general Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, and analytical)
  • Required undergraduate course work: at least one semester each of general biology, general and organic chemistry, general and/or human genetics, biochemistry, psychology, statistics, human developmental psychology and molecular/cell Biology (or their equivalents). These courses must be completed prior to matriculation. Official transcripts of all course work must be sent to the Graduate Program.
  • Work or volunteer experience in a counseling/helping environment is highly recommended. Examples include: crisis hotline, Planned Parenthood, peer counseling, and internship experience at a genetics center or at a center for disabled individuals. Exposure to genetic counseling settings is particularly desirable.
  • Two letters of recommendation as required by Northwestern University. (these may be submitted online, or mailed to our office address above). No more than 3 letters of reference will be considered in the application process.
  • Personal statement, as required by Northwestern University. This should address your motivation for becoming a genetic counselor, and emphasize your prior and current experiences and how they will benefit you in the profession. Please do not submit more than 2 pages (approximately 500 words, or 5,000 characters).
  • Nonresident alien applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable paper-based TOEFL score is 600; 250 is the minimum acceptable computer-based TOEFL score.
  • Interview by faculty members of the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling.