Application Instructions

Applicants to the Genetic Counseling Program should submit their application online through the Rackham Graduate School.  For admissions for the fall of 2019, the application deadline is January 4, 2019.  The online application will be available by September 15 at: 
http://applyweb.com/apply/umgrad/ 

In addition to submitting the Rackham Graduate School application, you must also register with the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match by December 14, 2018. Please contact the National Matching Services, Inc (NMS) directly with any questions. (www.natmatch.com/gcadmissions)

Please contact the Genetic Counseling Program Student Service Representative, Margarita Bekiares, at UMGenetics@umich.edu or (734) 764-8778, if any questions arise regarding the online application.  

 
Rackham Graduate School Application:  Please complete the entire application as instructed on the Rackham website. Additional details are provided below. 

 
PAGE 1: GETTING STARTED
Complete as requested.   

PAGE 2: PROGRAM SELECTION 
Scroll down to Human Genetics and select Genetic Counseling, MS and the appropriate term (Fall 2019). Please note, the online application is typically not available before mid-September. Therefore, if you attempt to start an application before September 15, you will be prompted that we are “No Longer Accepting Applications.” Please return to the online application in mid-September to start your application.

PAGE 3: PROGRAM SELECTION CONT'D; FEE WAIVER  

If you are applying for the Dual Degree Program with Genetic Counseling and Public Health, please answer yes to the question regarding applying to a dual degree with a non-Rackham program, and choose Public Health from the drop down menu.  You will ALSO need to submit a separate application to the school of public health (http://www.sph.umich.edu/).

Complete remainder of page as requested.

PAGE 4: PERSONAL INFORMATION 
Complete as requested.

PAGE 5:EDUCATION INFORMATION
Complete as requested.

Regarding transcripts:

  1. Upload a copy of your UNofficial transcript into the application.
  2. An official transcript must ALSO be submitted directly from your degree granting institution to Rackham. 

Additional guidance regarding transcripts can be found at:   https://www.rackham.umich.edu/admissions/transcripts

GRE scores should be forwarded to the University of Michigan Genetic Counseling Program, using the general UM institution code 1839 on your GRE distribution request.   We require the General GRE (verbal, analytical, and quantitative).  GRE scores must be no more than five years old.

PAGE 6: LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY; AWARDS AND ACTIVITIES

Complete as requested.

English Proficiency Test (for International Students): See minimum scores for accepted tests,  including exemption criteria, at: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/admissions/tests 

PAGE 7: LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION 
Complete as requested.  

We require three recommendation letters.  A supervisor from your advocacy experience must write one letter. The other letters may be from anyone who can comment on your academic, employment, or volunteer experience.  If for some reason it is not possible to get a letter related to your advocacy experience, please submit an explanation that clarifies why your advocacy supervisor did not write a letter.  Such an explanation can be submitted on page 10 of the online application.  

We require all recommendations be submitted electronically.  After you have registered the individuals writing your letters, they will receive an email notification with a link that will tell them where to submit a recommendation. When they enter the electronic recommendation system they have the option of completing a standardized form and also uploading a personalized letter. The individuals submitting your recommendations should be strongly encouraged to submit personalized letters on your behalf. 

PAGE 8: EMPLOYMENT HISTORY; RESUME AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Complete as requested, including uploading a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume.

PAGE 9: PROGRAM-SPECIFIC INFORMATION 

Additional Education Information: Complete as requested. Please upload copies of UNofficial transcripts from any community or junior college, non-degree study or study abroad coursework.  Official transcripts from these additional institutions do NOT need to be sent to Rackham.  

Academic Statement of Purpose:  Write responses to the following four questions. Your answers should be uploaded as a PDF into the online application, as directed. Your response to each question should be limited to 500 words. (REQUIRED)

  1. Comment on a personal characteristic that will contribute to your success as a genetic counselor and describe a situation from the recent past that exemplifies this characteristic.
  2. What aspects of training and/or working as a genetic counselor do you think present potential challenges for individuals entering this field?
  3. Describe your advocacy experience, including the training process for this experience, the number of hours you worked per week, the impact it had on you as a person, and your choice to pursue a degree in genetic counseling.
  4. Please indicate the date that you registered for the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match

PAGE 10: ADDITIONAL ESSAY AND INFORMATION 

Personal Statement:  You will be asked to provide a Personal Statement.  In writing your personal statement, please specifically address how your background and personal experiences motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree in genetic counseling.  Your personal statement should be limited to 500 words and non-redundant with the material in your other essays, i.e., Academic Statement of Purpose.  Your Personal Statement should be uploaded as a PDF as directed on the application web site.

Admissions Code of Conduct: Complete as requested.

Additional Information:  In addition, if you've had an interesting, challenging, or significant personal experience that is not brought out in your application, please describe this experience in the Additional Information box on page 10. You may use this space to include any additional information about your application that you believe the Admissions Committee should know. The admissions committee will spend a great deal of time and care reviewing each application; it is worth your time to let them know who you are, what you've done, and what you hope to do. 

PAGE 11: AGREEMENT AND CONFIRMATION 
Complete as requested

Application Checklist

  1. Complete registration for the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match system by December 14, 2018. Program: University of Michigan (129)
  2. Complete online Rackham Graduate School Application, including:
      • Application Form, pages 1 through 11
      • Upload UNofficial copies of transcripts from degree granting institution(s) electronically (page 5 of application) AND request your undergrad institution submit official copies of your transcript(s) directly to Rackham Graduate School
      • Register three individuals to submit letters of recommendation (page 7 of application).  One letter should be from your advocacy experience.
      • Upload Curriculum Vitae or Resume (page 8 of application)
      • Academic Statement of Purpose (3 essay questions & NMS registration date on page 9 of application)
      • Personal Statement (page 10 of application)
      • Submit application fees to Rackham Graduate School

3.  Submit general GRE scores using institution code 1839 on your GRE distribution request

4. Submit English Proficiency Test scores (for International Students): See minimum scores for accepted tests at: http://www.rackham.umich.edu/admissions/tests

ALL MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 4