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Mission Statement

Our mission is to prepare emerging leaders in genetic counseling with a strong foundation in the genetic and genomic sciences, precision medicine, humanistic counseling, and ethical inquiry. We celebrate the rich complexity of the human experience and advocate for the use of genetics and genomics to promote social justice in health care. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of genetic counselors, as this is essential to equity, access, and participation of society in genomics. Together, our differences make us stronger. We affirm our commitment to the realization of Columbia’s core values of inclusion and excellence as we work to improve health and well-being for all individuals, families, and communities.

Program is located in New York, NY

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Academic year is from  August to May.

Information about prerequisites info can be found at

  • No GRE required,
  • Holistic admissions process,
  • Accepts international students.
  • In-state students:  $90,000.00
  • Out-of-state students: $90,000.00
  • International students: $90,000.00

General geographic location of internships: New York City

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

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives: DEIJ content woven into all courses; 2-year course dedicated to DEIJ topics; Diversity Scholars Program; InterProgram Antiracism Dialogue Series (IPADS); 2-year medical/GC Spanish class; student affinity groups; GC outreach in Puerto Rico; student-run free
clinics in New York City (serve marginalized clients); ongoing DEIJ workshops/training for leadership and faculty; examining methods of student assessment to address potential bias.

Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) provides international leadership in basic, preclinical, and clinical research; medical and health sciences education; and patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and is home to the largest medical research enterprise in New York City and State and one of the largest faculty medical practices in the Northeast. Our major teaching hospital affiliate is New York-Presbyterian Hospital which shares our campus and has been named by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 hospital in New York and #7 in the nation. At CUIMC, we believe that achieving excellence is inextricably linked to striving for the highest standards in diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Fostering a supportive and culturally rich environment is paramount to the success and well-being of our student body, our distinguished faculty, and the broad patient populations we serve. We stand together because diverse experiences, perspectives, and values enrich every dimension of our work. We are committed to continuous improvement in providing culturally inclusive medical education and clinical care.