Stanford University
MS Program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling

Location:   Stanford, CA
Program Length:  18 months

Vision:  Our vision is to build a genetic counseling community that embraces, empowers, includes, respects, educates, and supports patients, colleagues, students, and partners from all walks of life.

Mission:  We are committed to prioritizing innovative, personalized, and applied genetic counseling education and practice, through a combination of dynamic coursework, fieldwork, research, introspection, and supportive mentoring.

Program objectives:

  • Provide students with the appropriate knowledge and experience to become discerning, empathic, independent, openminded, adaptable, strategic, and inclusive genetic counselors.
  • Utilize a cutting-edge curriculum that: includes a balance of psychosocial, medical, scientific, and research components; evolves dynamically with the students, faculty, and with the profession; and allows students to develop personalized areas of interest and expertise.
  • Prepare students to: counsel effectively with all populations and cultures in a variety of clinical settings, including multilingual practice whenever possible; critically evaluate information and conduct clinical research; develop proficiency in inter- and intra-disciplinary teamwork, personal evaluation, goal-setting, and professional ethics; establish strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrate each of the ACGC Practice-Based competencies; achieve ABGC certification, obtain licensure (in states where it is available), and sustain continuing education and self-reflective practices; and promote the field of genetic counseling through clinical care, teaching, research, advocacy, and leadership.

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Prerequisite Information 

  • GRE –
  • International students –
  • GPA requirement = N/A
  • In-state priority –
  •  Interviews – TBD
  • In-state: $93,207
  • Out-of-state: $93,207
  •  International: $93,207
  • Tuition reduction options –
  • On-campus work opportunities –
  • Match and/or Application Waivers –
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Flexible summer rotation opportunities –

The Stanford Genetic Counseling Diversity Equity Inclusion Action and Outreach Committee (DEI AOC) is a grassroots effort created by a team of Stanford genetic counselors and genetic counseling students in March 2020.

Our goal is to provide a platform to execute projects focused on education, outreach, advocacy, and service delivery needs in order to promote systemic change and build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive genetic counseling community. 

We welcome all genetic counselors and genetic counseling students in the Stanford community to join us!