UC Irvine University

Vision and Mission Statement

The Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at UCI School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics is committed to providing education and professional training in counseling and medical genetics, leading to a Master of Science in genetic counseling. Our goal is to train genetic counseling professionals who have developed the practice-based competencies that an entry-level provider must demonstrate to successfully practice as a genetic counselor, in a culturally responsive and respectful manner across practice settings and with all clients.

Our Vision:  The UCI genetic counseling program provides exceptional comprehensive training for future genetic counselors to develop the knowledge, skills and experience to effectively integrate genetic information in the provision of healthcare, while incorporating new discoveries and innovations in genetic and genomic medicine.

Our Mission: To provide trainees with an immersive experience in all aspects of medical genetics and genetic counseling so that they have the knowledge, skills and experience to help patients, other practitioners and the public understand and adapt to the implications of genetic variation for health.

Program is located in Orange County, CA

Program website:  http://www.pediatrics.uci.edu/gcprogram

Academic year is from  September to June.

Information about prerequisites info can be found at http://www.pediatrics.uci.edu/gcprogram

  • Holistic admissions process,
  • Accepts international students,
  • GRE required for 2022 admission cycle, but only one part of the holistic review process.  The goal is to remove the GRE requirement for future admission cycles.
  • In-state students:  $30,700.00
  • Out-of-state students: $42,945.00
  • International students: $42,945.00
  • Student work opportunities,
  • Scholarships available,
  • Work study available

General geographic location of internships: Orange County, CA and surrounding area

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

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives:  The UCI Department of Pediatrics has an Antiracism and Black Thriving initiative along with its Gender Diversity program as part of its broader Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative.