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The UW Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is designed for those who want to earn a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling and pursue a career in genetic counseling.

Admissions Process and Timeline

The GCCP will matriculate its first class of 14 students in the fall of 2021. Applications open in fall 2020, and the application deadline is January 10, 2021

Admission to all genetic counseling training programs in the United States and Canada happens through a match process. All applicants to the UW Genetic Counseling Graduate Program must register with the National Matching Service before applying.

After the GCGP reviews its applications, the strongest applicants will be invited to interview in February or March 2021. Once interviews are completed, each applicant and genetic counseling program will submit a ranked list of their preferences by the NMS deadline in the spring of 2021. Admissions decisions will be announced later in the spring on Match Day.

Minimum Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet minimum admission requirements set by the UW Graduate School.

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or its equivalent from an accredited foreign institution. The degree can be in any field of study.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 90 quarter hours or 60 semester hours of college or university coursework
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English

Prerequisite Coursework

Before you enroll in the GCGP, you must fulfill the following prerequisite coursework. All courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution of higher education or its foreign equivalent. Online courses are acceptable except for laboratory coursework.

Each prerequisite course is listed with its equivalent course at the University of Washington. Note that course credits earned through the College Board’s Advanced Placement program can’t be used to meet prerequisite requirements.

Genetics One semester/quarter of upper-level genetics such as GENOME 361 or GENOME 371
Biochemistry One semester/quarter of upper-level biochemistry such as BIOC 405 or BIOC 406
Psychology One semester/quarter of introductory-level psychology such as PSYCH 101
Statistics One semester/quarter of introductory-level statistics such as STAT 220STAT 221 or BIOST 310
Laboratory coursework Two semesters/quarters of laboratory coursework in any scientific discipline, such as biology or chemistry

Recommended Coursework

We recommend but do not require a minimum of one quarter or semester in the following subjects:

Human Anatomy BIOL 310 or the equivalent
Developmental Psychology PSYCH 206 or the equivalent
Molecular Cell Biology BIOL 355 or the equivalent

Recommended Experience

Highly competitive applicants will have personal experience in at least one setting that emphasizes skills applicable to genetic counseling. While this experience is not required, it is strongly recommended. Some examples of relevant experiences include:

  • Volunteering or working in a health care setting
  • Volunteering or working with individuals with special needs
  • Teaching, tutoring, mentoring or counseling experience
  • Advocacy experience
  • Shadowing a genetic counselor
  • Research experience

Required Application Materials

  • UW Graduate School online application and fee
  • Unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended as a full-time student for one year or longer or where you did prerequisite coursework
  • Three recommendations
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Personal statement
  • Supplemental essay
  • Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your native language

Application Steps

Step One: Register with the National Matching Service

Register for the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match.

Step Two: Prepare Your Application Materials

Get transcripts. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies from every college or university you attended as a full-time student for one year or longer and from any institution where you earned prerequisite coursework.

Identify three people who can recommend you to the program. You'll need the email addresses of your references for the Graduate School application. They'll each be sent an email directing them to a secure website where they'll submit their recommendations.

Update your curriculum vitae or resume.

Write your personal statement and supplemental essay.

Step Three: Apply to the GCGP

Start your online application to the UW Graduate School.

Upload all required documents.

Designate the people who have agreed to write recommendations for you.

Pay the nonrefundable application fee and submit your application.