Genetic Counseling Program Admissions

Applying to the Program

University of Michigan Gate

Our application is scheduled to open September 8, 2022. Please click here for the 2023 Program Prospectus.

Program Prerequisites

  1. Undergraduate degree: B.S. or B.A. Most students major in the biological sciences, but this is not required
  2. Classes required (as documented through transcripts):
    • science courses up through and including biochemistry. We do not require a laboratory component.
    • at least one upper level human genetics course (300 or 400 level if this is available at your institution).
    • a general statistics course.
  3. Advocacy Experience: Advocacy experience helps candidates develop skills and comfort in taking on some of the responsibilities of a counseling or supportive role. This may be accomplished through a volunteer or paid position with a community-based agency such as a crisis intervention program, Planned Parenthood affiliate, domestic violence program, hospice program, etc., through a position as a resident assistant or student advisor; or through some related activity. The advocacy experience should provide sufficient opportunity to work in a responsible, one-on-one (in person, by telephone, or text/web-based) relationship with a variety of individuals seeking information, resources, guidance, counseling, or other support services made available through the sponsoring agency or organization. Advocacy experience typically includes training in interpersonal and related skills, ongoing supervision, and opportunities for feedback and continued growth. Most applicants complete this experience on a part-time basis in the evenings and weekends while attending school or working full-time.
  4. Registration for the National Match System: The Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors (AGCPD) recently initiated the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match (GC Admissions Match). The purpose of the Match is to provide a fair and efficient mechanism to place applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs. The administration of the Match will be carried out by National Matching Services Inc. (NMS), on behalf of AGCPD. Applicants must register online to participate in the Match. Only registered applicants can have their applications reviewed by participating programs. It is recommended that you register for the Match by December 15, 2022.(https://www.natmatch.com/gcadmissions/). AGCPD will be offering a limited number of Admissions Match Fee Waivers for the 2023 admissions cycle. Further details can be found at https://natmatch.com/gcadmissions/applicants/register.html#waiver
  5. Test of English Proficiency (International Students only): English Proficiency Test (for International Students): See minimum scores for accepted tests, including exemption criteria, at: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/admissions/tests

 

GRE scores are not required and will not be reviewed as part of an application if provided.

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Questions? Contact us at UMGenetics@umich.edu.