Medical College of Wisconsin
Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program

Location:   Milwaukee, WI
Program Length:  21 months

The Genetic Counseling Master of Science Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin will prepare the next generation of genetic counselors to be diverse leaders at the forefront in the delivery of precision health.

Mission:  To cultivate exceptional genetic counseling leaders who reflect the visible and invisible diversity of the communities we serve.

The MSGC program aims to achieve this mission through the following objectives:

  • Create compassionate, academically minded genetic counselors with a curiosity for life-long learning.
  • Demonstrate responsibility to the communities we serve by prioritizing health equity, advocacy, and cultural humility.
  • Foster authenticity, integrity, and resilience through a culture of belonging.
  • Nurture skills to inspire our students to become future leaders in the profession.

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Prerequisite Information 

  • GRE –
  • International students –
  • GPA requirement = min 3.0*
  • In-state priority –
  •  Interviews – Virtual
    * below 3.0 GPAs may be considered.
  • In-state: $69,360
  • Out-of-state: $69,360
  •  International: $69,360
  • Tuition reduction options –
  • On-campus work opportunities –
  • Match and/or Application Waivers –
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Flexible summer rotation opportunities –

The MCW MSGC Program has several of DEIJ initiatives and activities that are currently underway.

  • The MCW MSGC program strives to provide education at the community K-12 level on the role of genetics in healthcare (including issues of diversity and disparities) & increase awareness of genetics careers across various demographics by:
    • Partnering with existing MCW STEP-UP programing (The Student
      Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Professions (StEP-UP) at MCW is designed to bring opportunities to middle, high school, and college students in the Milwaukee area who are interested in careers in medicine and the sciences.)
    • Developing template presentations for use by genetic counselors for various audiences
    • Creating a tool for educators to request lecturers and find out more
    • Creating MCW programming for National DNA Day with a focus on providing programing to underrepresented students
  • The MCW MSGC program has developed a recruitment plan for increasing MSGC applicants from diverse backgrounds, incorporating demographic data collection and reporting, to be informed and reviewed by Office of Diversity & Inclusion, partnered with local colleges/universities, especially those with demonstrated success in
    recruiting under-represented minority students, to increase awareness of the genetic counseling profession, pre-GC educational tracks, and the GC internship and initiated exploring into financial resources and administrative options to support GC internship opportunities to reduce barriers for students from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • The Genetic Counseling Career Research & Exploration Workshop (GC-CREW) is offered by MCW MSGC program. This is a virtual, group workshop for undergraduates, recent graduates and those interested in pursuing a career in genetic counseling. This is a free workshop that is offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. The GC-CREW is intended for individuals who would like to gain an in-depth exposure to the field and are interested in becoming a genetic counselor.

The program is designed to increase access to genetic counseling experiences for prospective students from under-represented backgrounds.

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