Genetic Counseling Program

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4 point scale)
  • Successful completion of the following undergraduated courses:
    • general genetics (upper level course)
    • biochemistry (upper level course)
    • embryology or developmental biology
    • statistics
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed by time of acceptance in early May.
    • Three of the four required prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress at the time you turn in your application (December 1 application deadline). 
    • One of the required prerequisite courses may be completed during the Spring semester preceeding admission for the following Fall.
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal, analytical, and quantitative sections.  To have your GRE scores sent to us, use the following codes: Institution Code 5913, Department Code 0210

Applicants are required to complete a UNCG application form and submit undergraduate transcripts, three letters of reference, resume and a personal essay.

It is recommended that applicants have previous experience in a volunteer or paid position working in social service agencies or with crisis counseling organizations. Applicants are also encouraged to gain exposure to the field of genetic counseling via shadowing and/or internship experiences. Applicants who are evaluated as meeting the standards for admission will be invited for a required personal interview with the admissions committee at UNCG. 

The application deadline for admission in Fall 2014 is December 1, 2013

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The Graduate School, UNCG, 241 Mossman Building, Greensboro, NC 27402

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  • "I chose to attend UNCG because of its shared learning environment and the access to some of the leading institutions in the country. "

  • "UNCG is a great fit for me. The program directors have extensive experience in the world of genetic counseling and provide you with opportunities to work with some of the best medical centers in the country. Our location allows us to have expert guest lecturers, many of whom you also get to work alongside or observe in your clinical rotations in your second year. We also have some really wonderful and unique opportunities as a part of this program: we observe in syndrome specific support groups and clinics, tour genetic laboratories, and are matched with a family with a genetic disease to learn what it is like to live with a genetic condition. Finally, our directors are genuinely invested in each of us, and care about our success and getting to know each of us personally."

  • "The director and assistant director do their best to ensure that our program provides a collaborative learning experience.  Both are active members of the Genetic Counseling community and strive to introduce you to all aspects of this field.  We also have renowned clinical sites and the beautiful state of North Carolina at our disposal.”