Instructions for Applicants to the MS Genetic Counseling Program
Frequently Asked Questions about Admission Requirements and Application Procedures
In addition to the general application materials (application, fee, transcripts, three letters of reference, GRE scores) applicants to the MS Genetic Counseling Program must submit a resume and personal essay.
Your resume should include the following information:
- List all undergraduate/graduate studies including institution, dates attended, year of graduation, degree earned, major, and GPA
- Required prerequisite coursework – indicate the name, course number and the grade you earned for all courses you completed to satisfy our prerequisite course requirements. Include any courses in which you are currently enrolled.
- Additional relevant coursework – provide a list of relevant undergraduate and graduate course work you completed; include the course number and name and the grade you earned.
For each of the following, please provide a brief description of the experience including the dates, frequency and duration of your participation.
- Genetic counseling shadowing experiences or internships
- Crisis counseling experiences
- Advocacy experiences
- Laboratory or other research experience
- Other relevant experiences
Please list any relevant employment experience including dates, duration and a brief description.
Please provide a list of any awards, honors or other recognition you have received.
Personal Essay Instructions
Please submit a 2-3 page essay (double spaced, 12 point font) to address the following:
- Describe how your academic and other experiences led to your interest in genetic counseling;
- Comment on your personal characteristics that will contribute to your success as a genetic counselor;
- From your perspective, what are the current and future challenges for the genetic counseling profession.
Note: You do not need to repeat the information contained in your Resume in the essay. You should focus on sharing stories about your experiences and the insights you gained from these.
All application materials including transcripts, three letters of reference, GRE scores, resume and personal statement must be received by the December 1 deadline.
The Admissions Committee reviews applications shortly after the application deadline. A subset of the most qualified applicants will be invited to campus for a personal interview with the Admissions Committee. Applicants will receive a letter by mid-March to let them know if they have been selected for an interview. The interviews are scheduled during late February and early March and are required for admission to the program. The class will be selected from among those applicants who are interviewed. Applicants will be notified of final admission decisions on the universal admissions date selected by the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors.
Questions about application/admission procedures may be directed to the Program Director, Nancy Callanan by email (Nancy_Callanan@uncg.edu) or the Program Administrative Assistant, Sally Sprague (Sally_Sprague@uncg.edu) or by calling our office at (336-256-0175).