University of Rochester
Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program

Location:  Rochester, NY
Program Length:  21 months

The Master of Science in Genetic Counseling (MSGC) program is a full-time program that prepares students for a career as a genetic counselor. With the rapid advancement in knowledge of genetics and genomics, and increasing importance of this information for medical care, there is no better time to enter the field of genetic counseling.

Genetic counselors are essential players in the healthcare team, and possess the unique skills and knowledge necessary to support individuals and families in understanding and adapting to the medical and psychological implications of genetic conditions. The genetic counseling training program within the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry prepares students for a range of career opportunities available to genetic counselors and to shape the future direction of the field!

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Prerequisite Information 

  • GRE –
  • International students –
  • GPA requirement =  3.0
  • In-state priority –
  •  Interviews – Virtual
  • In-state: $91,000-$92,000
  • Out-of-state: $91,000-$92,000
  •  International: $91,000-$92,000
  • Tuition reduction options –
  • On-campus work opportunities –
  • Match and/or Application Waivers –
  • Rochester, NY & Buffalo, NY
  • Flexible summer rotation opportunities –

MSGC program goals, policies, and practices are developed and assessed through ongoing input from the program’s Advisory Board and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The program’s primary goals are anchored in the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan and include: 

  • Develop and sustain an infrastructure to support equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • Enhance recruitment, retention, and promotion of diverse faculty, staff, and students;
  • Cultivate a fair and just climate, culture, and community;
  • Enhance physical and digital spaces through an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens; and
  • Promote equity in provision of genetic counseling services, and in research. 

Specific information regarding MSGC program goals and progress is available in the document titled UR MSGC Program Equity & Anti-Racism 10-Year Action Plan.

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