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Boston University Genetic Counseling Program

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Mission Statement

The BU Genetic Counseling Program is committed to providing high-quality training through dynamic coursework, dedicated mentoring, diverse fieldwork and innovative learning experiences to develop motivated genetic counselors to meet the needs of an expanding landscape in genetics and genomics. The primary objective of the Master of Science Degree Program in Genetic Counseling is to educate graduate students in the core concepts of human genetics and counseling. Our focus is to provide students with the appropriate knowledge, experience and mentoring to become competent, sensitive and motivated genetic counselors. This is accomplished through a variety of educational experiences including coursework, clinical training, research project preparation and supplementary activities such as case conferences, grand rounds, journal clubs and seminars.

Program is located in Boston, MA

Program website:  https://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/genetic-counseling/

Academic year is from  September to May.

There will also be option of enrolling in a dual degree (Master of Science/Master of Public Health) for matched applicants beginning Fall 2022.

Information about prerequisites info can be found at https://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/genetic-counseling/admissions/

  • No GRE required,
  • Holistic admissions process,
  • Accepts international students.
  • In-state students:   $86,000.00
  • Out-of-state students:  $86,000.00
  • International students:  $86,000.00
  • Student work opportunities
  • Graduate assistantships available
  • Scholarships available,
  • Work study available

General geographic location of internships:  United States

Currently have Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives as part of the program.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives: We are fortunate our sponsoring institution, Boston University, provides a number of opportunities for trainings, open community conversation, affinity groups, access to an Anti-Racism Center, participation in various interest groups, and more across campus for faculty and students alike. Graduate Medical Sciences has recently created a curated, crowdsourced and cultural program to support students with affinity groups. The Newbury Center at Boston University is a newly founded initiative specific to first generation college and graduate students. On the program level, we initiated an Anti-Racism Task Force for 2020-21 and are actively implementing the recommendations from this work, including the initiation of an affinity group within the program, streamlined training and set
expectations for any external presenter with a signed contract by way of example. Finally, our students spend a significant amount of time training in a safety net setting where a focus on “exceptional care without exception” is the motto our primary teaching hospital operates under. Through these experiential learning experiences, our students gain appreciation and understanding of the varied global circumstances patients navigate.

Boston University’s medical school and teaching hospital offer access to tremendous resources for clinical experiences, with a diverse patient population, making this the only program to be located within an academic medical center in New England with a safety net hospital on campus, Boston Medical Center. Students gain experience working with an incredibly diverse patient population, including the underserved and uninsured. We strive to provide students with experiences that match their clinical and future professional interests. Students have exposure to inter-professional education and teaching opportunities, standard patient simulation experiences and are able to enroll in elective courses through several other BU schools and departments, including the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program and the School of Public Health. Our program encourages collaboration and a supportive environment for which to learn from each other. We work as a team, and work to ensure our students receive training that is also personalized to their interests and future goals.