Curriculum for the M.S. Degree in Genetic Counseling

The University of Michigan program is structured to provide students with individualized training that supports the development of comprehensive genetic counseling skills through early clinical involvement and strong didactic course work. The Michigan program is a two-year program composed of five consecutive semesters. Students enter in the fall and typically graduate 20 months later in late April or early May.

The curriculum consists of three main components: 1) coursework, 2) clinical training and 3) research. A wide variety of supplemental activities complements each of these components. The program is designed so that, with the exception of the third semester (summer), students participate in coursework, clinical training, and research activities every semester, allowing for complementary learning opportunities. The summer is devoted to clinical training and development of a research proposal.

Degree Requirements

The M.S. degree in Genetic Counseling is awarded upon completion of the following Rackham Graduate School and Department of Human Genetics requirements:

  • Completion of graduate study with a cumulative grade point average of at least a B (5.0) in all graduate courses that are applied towards the master's degree. The course of study must include the required courses listed under coursework and at a minimum 3 additional courses in relevant educational disciplines/fields (one of which must include the School of Public Health).
  • Successful completion of five clinical internships (including two seven-week full-time genetic counseling internships).
  • Presentation of one student seminar (in HG 821 or 822) and one presentation in medical genetics case conference.
  • Completion and presentation of an individualized research project (see Research Project)
  • Completion of 3 Clinical Skills Checkpoints (see Clinical Training-Evaluation Process) It is anticipated that most students will complete these requirements within 4 academic semesters and the intervening summer.

For more detailed information, please visit the Genetic Counseling Program website.