Admission Process

Students and faculty.

The application and fees for admission for the fall of 2021 are due by January 5, 2021. We believe that it is very important for applicants to have the opportunity to meet with faculty and students, gather first-hand knowledge about our Genetic Counseling Program. Thus, we invite qualified applicants for daylong interviews that are generally scheduled in February, March, and April. The visit includes individual interviews with Program Leadership, Department of Human Genetics faculty, supervising genetic counselors, and current students. 

As of August 2020, it is unclear if interviews in 2021 will occur in person or virtually. This decision will be made in fall 2020. If we are able to hold in person interviews, a limited number of travel grants will be available for students experiencing financial hardship or that are from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented within the genetic counseling profession. These travel grants help defray some of the costs associated with interviewing at our program.

Offers to interview are based upon a review of multiple sources of information pertaining to an applicant's knowledge, skills, and ability. This includes consideration of undergraduate cumulative grade point, course work in science (including biochemistry, human genetics, and statistics) and non-science classes, letters of recommendation, advocacy experience, work experience, and written responses to essay questions. We are interested in applicants with a balanced profile; therefore, we do not view any single area of performance in isolation. The use of multiple criteria helps to ensure that there is no disadvantage to applicants for whom English is not a first language or to those who are returning to school.

We recognize that applicants typically apply to multiple programs with differing deadlines. The relevant timeline for admissions to the University of Michigan Genetic Counseling Program is as follows:

September 9, 2020...............Genetic Counseling Admissions Match Registration Opens for applicants

December 15, 2020..............Deadline to Register for the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through NMS: (https://www.natmatch.com/gcadmissions/). Program: University of Michigan (129)

January 5, 2021....................Deadline for submission of UM Genetic Counseling application

February 2021......................Invitations for interviews extended

February, March, April 2021...........Interviews conducted

March 1, 2021......................Submit FAFSA to the UM Office of Financial Aid so all documents arrive by March 31st deadline.

April 14, 2021.......................Rank Order List due to NMS

April 23, 2021.......................Match Results Release