Genetic Counseling Program Admissions

Applying to the Program

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Information regarding 2021 Admissions will be posted by August 1, 2020. For a printable copy of these instructions and detailed information about our program, please download our 2020 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. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): General Test: Verbal, Analytical, and Quantitative (GRE scores must be no more than 5 years old). To receive the current GRE Information and Registration Bulletin, go to You can also contact your college or university office of student records, or write to: Graduate Record Examinations Educational Testing Service P.O. Box 6000 Princeton, NJ 08541-6000 Phone: (609) 771-7670 Fax: (609) 771-7906
  4. English Proficiency Test (for International Students): See minimum scores for accepted tests, as well as exemption criteria, at:
  5. Advocacy Experience: Advocacy experience helps demonstrate a candidate's comfort with 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 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.
  6.  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. Our program is listed as "University of Michigan (129)".  Only registered applicants can have their applications reviewed by participating programs. You must register for the Match by December 13, 2019. (


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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