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Virginia Commonwealth University

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to develop and maintain a curriculum that effectively prepares students for successful careers in human genetics, a challenging task for a discipline that reinvents itself on a regular basis.  We achieve our education and training objectives by offering undergraduate, graduate, professional and higher-level specialty courses, as well as mentored research and clinical training opportunities.

Program is located in Richmond, VA

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Academic year is from  August to May.

This is a dual program – MS in Genetic Counseling and PhD in Human and Molecular Genetics

Information about prerequisites info can be found at

  • No GRE required,
  • Holistic admissions process,
  • Accepts international students.
  • In-state students:  $33,176.00
  • Out-of-state students: $63,485.00
  • International students: $63,485.00
  • One student scholarship equivalent to the price differential between out of state and in-state tuition (or 50% reduction of tuition for an in-state resident) for a student from a diverse background that is under-represented in genetic counseling

General geographic location of internships: The majority of our clinical rotations are within the metro Richmond area. Students do have 1-2 distance rotations that are within 45 minutes to 90 minutes of Richmond.

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

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives:  We have a scholarship for an individual from a diverse background to help defray the costs of tuition. We also have a course in diversity that is required of all students in the first year.

Our program is moderately sized (~10 students per class) and is based within a basic health science department within the VCU School of Medicine. Our program emphasizes professionalism, critical thinking, and adaptability, traits that allow our graduates to “hit the ground running”.