Field of Genetic Counseling

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Genetic Counseling is a dynamic, challenging and rapidly growing subspecialty within the field of human genetics. Graduate study in genetic counseling combines course work in molecular genetics and genomics, medical genetics and genomics, and counseling techniques with mentored clinical internships. This course of study provides trainees with a broad knowledge base in basic, translational, and applied genetics that is essential to their success as genetic counselors over the course of their professional careers. Graduates of genetic counseling training programs receive a Master of Science. Genetic counselors work in a variety of settings, including adult, pediatric, and prenatal genetics clinics; specialty clinics (e.g. cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, disorders of sex development, etc.); public health genetics programs; human genetics research; public policy; the biotechnology industry and human genetics education.

To learn more about the field of genetic counseling and other job opportunities available to graduates with M.S. degrees in genetic counseling, click on the links below:

National Society of Genetic Counselors (
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Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (

American Society of Human Genetics (
*Under "Publications" see "Solving the Puzzle: Careers in Human Genetics"

American Board of Genetic Counseling (

Information for Genetic Professionals (

American Board of Medical Genetics (

American College of Medical Genetics (


Who Are Genetic Counselors? A document from the Association of GC Program Directors
Fluent in DNA-Article about GC from Nature 2015