2023-2024 Undergraduate General Catalog

Genetic Counseling

Becoming a genetic counselor requires a master’s degree from an accredited institution that offers programs in genetic counseling. Most pre-genetic counseling students choose to major in biology with a minor in psychology or double major in biology and psychology. The general GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is required of all applicants. Genetic counseling programs are interested in students who have a strong academic record, but also have demonstrated a compassionate character through community outreach and a commitment to the field through internships, volunteer experiences, and employment.

Genetic counseling graduate programs select students based upon 1.) undergraduate academic performance (GPA>3.0); 2.) GRE scores; 3.) personal experience; 4.) letters of recommendation; and 5.) interviews. Admission to genetic counseling master’s degree programs is very competitive.