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Kean University
Genetic Counseling Graduate Program

Location: Union, NJ
Program Length:  21 months

Mission:  The mission of the Kean University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is to provide rigorous forward-thinking scientific and psychosocial education via didactic, research and clinical experiences to develop capable, confident and motivated genetic counselors ready to fill current and future roles in genetics and genomics.

Vision:  Our progressive program will empower our graduates to become leaders, policy makers and innovators actively guiding the future of the genetic counseling profession.

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Prerequisite Information 

  • GRE –
  • International students –
  • GPA requirement =  3.0
  • In-state priority –
  •  Interviews – Virtual
  • In-state: $54,402
  • Out-of-state: $54,402
  •  International: $54,402
  • Tuition reduction options –
  • On-campus work opportunities –
  • Match and/or Application Waivers –
  • Primarily in NJ with some in PA and NY

  • Unique opportunities with telehealth, lab, industry and advocacy groups

  • Flexible summer rotation opportunities –

Diversity Initiatives

  • Kean has been recognized as one of the five most diverse universities in the U.S. At Kean, we feel that diversity should be a part of the lived experience. To enhance our understanding and education of such, DEIJ education is conducted prior to and throughout the program in coursework, non-coursework education, journal club, book club and activities.
  • The Kean University Diversity Office staff, genetic counselors and allied health professionals conduct multiple DEIJ discussion sessions with the GCGP.
  • The Kean GCGP and students participate in the Racial, Equity and Justice Task Force on campus.
  • In an effort to increase diversity in the profession, the Kean GCGP created the Diversity via Outreach, Networking and Education (DONE) This student-led program focuses on outreach to students from underrepresented populations. At the core of this program is education about the profession of genetic counseling as it is only through knowledge of the profession that students can choose this career path. The DONE program has three foci:
    1. Kean undergraduate students – a Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group was created and holds multiple events per semester
    2. Other colleges/HBCUs – relationships have been established allowing for outreach efforts to be conducted in person and virtually
    3. High school students – begun as a pilot project with a large local high school, outreach is conducted in a network of over 120 local schools.

All events are conducted by GCGP students therefore providing them with experience in DEIJ and educational endeavors. The high school outreach pilot project is actually a student’s thesis study! Given the uniqueness of our program, we were awarded a NYMAC Regional Genetics Network grant to support initial efforts. Overall, our DONE program provides education in, and mentoring to, interested students in the profession of genetic counseling. This, in turn, should increase diversity in our profession.

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