University of California, Irvine
Master's in Genetic Counseling

Location:   Orange, CA
Program Length:  21 months

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.

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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: $56,474 
  • Out-of-state Year 1, In-state Year 2: $68,719
  • Out-of-state Year 1 & 2: $80,964
  •  International: $80,964 
  • Tuition reduction options –
  • On-campus work opportunities –
  • Match and/or Application Waivers –
  • Orange County, CA and surrounding area
  • Flexible summer rotation opportunities –

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

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.

For more information, please contact gcounspr@uci.edu.

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