Genetic Counseling Program Admissions

Applying to the Program

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For a printable copy of these instructions and detailed information about our program, please download our 2021 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 or by telephone) 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 some form of reporting or performance review in which the trainee receives training in interpersonal skills and ongoing supervision. 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, 2020.( AGCPD will be offering a limited number of Admissions Match Fee Waivers for the 2021 admissions cycle. Further details will be available in mid to late August on the NMS website.
  5. Test of English Proficiency (International Students only): English Proficiency Test (for International Students): See minimum scores for accepted tests, including exemption criteria, at:


Changes for the 2021 Admissions Cycle:

  1. We will not be requiring or reviewing GRE scores for admissions for the fall of 2021. 
  2. We continue to require three letters of recommendation but no longer require that one must be from your advocacy work.
  3. We will accept P/F grades due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we are unclear if our interviews will be held remotely rather than in person in Ann Arbor. We will monitor the situation over the course of the fall and make a final decision before we extend offers to interview in 2021. If we are able to offer in-person interviews, it is likely that we will also offer the option to interview virtually. The most up-to-date admissions information regarding interviews will be available on our website.

Additional Requirements for Admitted Students

  1. Technical Standards: The Genetic Counseling Program's Technical Standards set forth criteria that go beyond academic requirements for admission and define essential abilities candidates must possess in order to complete graduate training. Click here to learn more.
  2. Background Check: The University of Michigan requires that genetic counseling students undergo a background check through University Human Resources. These background checks occur after offers of admissions are accepted but before students begin their clinical training. For more information about this policy, visit:

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