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Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program

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Mission and Vision Statement

Mission:  The mission of the Perelman School of Medicine’s Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program is to maximize the resources and clinical expertise of a renowned academic, research-oriented medical school to prepare the next generation of genetic counseling clinical scholars in order to shape the future of genetic counseling and genomic medicine. 

Vision: To be the premier scholarly and experiential educational program that prepares genetic counseling students to become leaders who will advance patient care in the field of genetics and genomics.

Program is located in Philadelphia, PA

Program website:  https://www.med.upenn.edu/geneticcounseling/

Academic year is from  September to May.

Information about prerequisites info can be found at https://www.med.upenn.edu/geneticcounseling/admissions-criteria.html

  • No GRE required,
  • Holistic admissions process,
  • Accepts international students,
  • GRE scores are an optional part of the application so that those who may benefit from having GRE scores can add them. We do NOT view the lack of scores negatively. Some of our most competitive applicants this past year did not submit GRE scores. We want all applicants to represent themselves in the best possible light; thus, we leave applicants the option of adding scores if it will help their application.
  • In-state students:   $64,232.00
  • Out-of-state students:  $64,232.00
  • International students:  $64,232.00
  • Student work opportunities
  • Scholarships available
  • We offer two two-year $5,000 scholarships through the NMS Match. A number of additional competitive scholarships, and two LEND Fellowships per year, are available to matriculated students.

General geographic location of internships: Greater Philadelphia area

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

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives:  Discussion of these issues has been incorporated into nearly every course, and guest lecturers enhance the discussion. Students participate in our Undergraduate Summer Internships which are designed to increase diversity in genetic counseling, and in outreach to students at HBCUs. In addition, program leadership has raised $1.2 million to endow scholarship funds for diverse candidates.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Action for Cultural Transformation initiative addresses bias, diversity, and equity through analysis of current practices, inclusive planning for change, recommendations for improvement and best practices, and the resources to make that happen.  And, the Perelman School of Medicine, where our program is based, has established the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Learner [IDEAL] Experience Program, an enhanced structure for a unified education office focused on inclusion, diversity, and equity.