University of Michigan
Genetic Counseling Program
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Program Length: 21 months
Vision: The University of Michigan Genetic Counseling Program’s vision is to train genetic counselors that are able to meet the current challenges and to help shape the future of genetic counseling and genomic medicine.
Mission: To provide an individualized, integrated and supportive graduate training environment comprised of:
- A comprehensive and rigorous academic curriculum,
- Diverse clinical experiences in traditional and cutting edge genetics and genomics settings, and
- A broad spectrum of research opportunities that supports the development of genetic counseling clinical scholars.
*There is a dual degree option – Master of Public Health (MPH) and MS in genetic counseling
- GRE – ❌
- International students – ✅
- GPA requirement = N/A
- In-state priority – ❌
- Interviews – Virtual
- In-state: $52,000
- Out-of-state: $104,000
- International: $104,000
- Tuition reduction options – ✅
- On-campus work opportunities – ✅
- Match and/or Application Waivers – ✅
- Ann Arbor, MI & Southeast Michigan
- Flexible summer rotation opportunities – ✅
We have a multitiered approach toward DEIJ initiatives and activities.
The University of Michigan has implemented a five-year strategic plan with new DEIJ initiatives being incorporated into many aspects of the university’s mission and operations.
In the last two years, the UM Department of Human Genetics (DHG) has introduced:
- two master’s program mechanisms to increase diversity in our student cohorts,
- introduced a summer research opportunity for underrepresented students, and
- announced a newly formed Associate Chair for Climate with a focus to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion.
The DHG is also implementing a new reporting system to allow students additional avenues to report issues and receive support.
The Genetic Counseling Program incorporated education regarding mentorship and support for GC students from underrepresented minorities into their 2021 Supervisors Workshop and has committed to including content significant to supporting all students in our Supervisors Workshop next year.
We have reviewed our content across the program in our Curriculum Committee and have had the course director of the genetic counseling classes identify potential gaps and opportunities for content regarding health disparities and DEIJ issues which resulted in specific changes within courses.
UMGCP Program leadership has developed a set of goals for continued education in DEIJ and inclusive teaching practices, starting with reading books that expand our understanding of these issues (near monthly).
UMGCP has been successful in utilizing competitive fellowships to increase accessibility to our training.