Admission Process

Students and faculty.

The application and fees for admission for the fall of 2019 are due by January 4, 2019. 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, and explore the University and the city of Ann Arbor. Thus, we invite qualified applicants for daylong on-site interviews that are generally scheduled in late February-March. The visit includes interviews with the Program Director, Associate Program Director, Department of Human Genetics faculty, supervising genetic counselors, and current students. A limited number of travel grants are available for students experiencing financial hardship or that are from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented within the genetic counseling profession.

Offers to interview are based upon 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, GRE scores, 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 5, 2018           Genetic Counseling Admissions Match Registration Opens

December 14, 2018          Deadline to Register for the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through NMS: ( Program: University of Michigan (129)

January 4, 2019                Deadline for submission of Genetic Counseling application

February 2019                  Invitations for interviews extended

Late Feb-March 2019        Interviews conducted

March 1, 2019                  Submit FAFSA to the UM Office of Financial Aid so all documents arrive by March 31st deadline.

April 16, 2019                  Rank Order List due to NMS

April 26, 2019                  Match Results Release