Genetic Counseling, M.S.

Admission Standards

Applicants for the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program must have earned a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution. Prerequisite course work includes: one year of general biology, one year of general chemistry, one semester of biochemistry, one semester of genetics, and one semester of statistics. Supporting material must include: undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a statement reflecting the student’s interest and experience in the field. A personal interview with the admissions committee is required.

Application Information

The application deadline is December 1. Extensive information for applicants is on the School of Medicine Web page.

Degree Requirements (53 Hours)

This is a two-year program that includes course work, clinical fieldwork, and a research-based thesis. The program is one of several health professional degrees offered by the School of Medicine. The curriculum includes 53 credit hours. Of these, 39 hours are devoted to classroom study, the majority of which are designed specifically for the genetic counseling program. Clinical rotations in regional genetic centers provide 8 credit hours, while 6 hours of credit are awarded for Master of Science thesis research.

Core Courses

Course Title Credits
HGEN 701Introduction to Genetic Counseling3
HGEN 702Psychosocial Aspects of Genetic Counseling3
HGEN 703Approaches to Ethical Challenges in Genetic Counseling1
HGEN 704The Genetic Counseling Process3
HGEN 705Clinical Skills Seminar1
HGEN 710Genetic Counseling Methods3
HGEN 715Contemporary Issues in Genetic Counseling (repeated 4 times for a total of 4 credits)4
HGEN 720Medical Genetics4
HGEN 725Human Developmental Biology I4
HGEN 726Human Developmental Biology II4
HGEN 730Advanced Medical Genetics I3
HGEN 731Advanced Medical Genetics II3
HGEN 735Cancer Genetics and Genetic Counseling3
HGEN 750Summer Clinical Rotation2
HGEN 760Clinical Rotation I3
HGEN 761Clinical Rotation II3
HGEN 799Thesis Preparation6
Total Credit Hours53