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: $72,136
  • Out-of-state: $72,136
  •  International: $72,136
  • Tuition reduction options –
  • On-campus work opportunities –
  • Match and/or Application Waivers –
  • Milwaukee Metropolitan Area, WI
  • Appleton, WI
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Flexible summer rotation opportunities –

The MCW MSGC Program has several of DEIJ initiatives and activities that are currently underway.  Our commitment to action involves training, awareness, representation, and evaluation.

  • 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 pathway programs at MCW 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.)

    • Creating MCW programming for National DNA Day with a focus on providing programing to underrepresented students

  • The MCW MSGC program has implemented a recruitment plan for increasing MSGC applicants from diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences.  This plan incorporates demographic data collection and reporting, utilizing a holistic admissions process, partnerships with local colleges/universities to develop pre-GC educational tracks, and the mentorship 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 mission of this virtual group workshop is to increase accessibility to genetic counseling, as well as to increase diversity within the field.

  • In order to create an inclusive learning environment for our students, faculty, staff, supervisors, instructors, and advisors complete annual training, attend workshops and receive resources focused on inclusive teaching and allyship.

  • Program and curriculum are reviewed with external advisement for delivery of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice practices, in alignment with the accreditation standards and National Society of Genetic Counselors Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion action plan with a focus on continued process improvement.

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