The Complete List of Master’s in Genetic Counseling Programs, Ranked by Affordability 2016

By BCD Staff

October 2016

Welcome to our list of all 33 programs in the United States offering a master’s degree in genetic counseling, ranked by affordability.

The field of genetic counseling is relatively new and is growing at rapid rate. Many of the schools listed here have only recently started offering a genetic counseling degree and a handful have been offering the degree for 25-30 years.

As genetic testing becomes more accessible, the need for trained professionals to support patients in understanding what a diagnoses means increases. Genetic counselors help individuals and families to understand the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment options, and possible prevention strategies available. They provide collaborative care to individuals and families to support them through potentially challenging times. Genetic counselors can choose to specialize with specific populations, from pediatric to adult, and work in a range of settings from medical clinics to public health departments.

Most of the programs here can be completed in two years or less. Many of the programs aim to keep class sizes small and accept only 6-8 students each year in an effort to provide students with individualized attention throughout their time in the program. Because this degree integrates both science and social science, applicants with an undergraduate degree in a range of majors are eligible to apply from various backgrounds such as psychology, biology, and public health.

These master’s degrees in genetic counseling provide students with a background in human/medical genetics and psycho-social counseling. Training includes coursework in genetics, counseling, and communication skills, research projects, and clinical rotations with diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings.

The programs listed here will prepare graduates for careers as genetic counselors with the ability to thoughtfully support individuals and families in understanding and navigating the medical landscape that can come with a medical diagnosis.

For information about how this ranking was developed, see the methodology statement at the bottom of the article. We are confident you will find a quality genetic counseling program to fit your needs here!

#33 Johns Hopkins University / National Human Genome Research Institute

Bethesda, MD

Genetic Counseling Training Program

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Johns Hopkins University / National Human Genome Research Institute offers a Genetic Counseling Training Program. The program accepts 4-5 students out of 80-100 applicants each year. This program will teach students how to: attend to both the psychological and educational interests of the client in the practice of genetic counseling; conduct research; and how to provide public health information to practitioners, policy makers, and the community.

Courses include: introduction to genetic counseling; genetic counseling practice; counseling theory and practice; genetic counseling seminar; therapeutic genetic counseling; facilitating family adaptation to loss and disability; advanced genetic counseling; introduction to human genetics; cancer genetics and a model for human disease; health judgment and decision-making; research ethics and integrity; statistical methods in public health; public health perspectives on research; and special studies and research.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $48,710.00
  • Application Deadline: January 2nd
  • Credits Required: 80

#32 Northwestern University Medical School

Chicago, IL

Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling

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The Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling at Northwestern University was established in 1990. Students in this program benefit from the program’s connection to the McGaw Medical Center, which is ranked as one of the top 15 teaching hospitals in the country. Located in Chicago, students in this program have the opportunity to work with diverse populations at the numerous clinical rotation sites available. Northwestern University offers the option of a dual degree in Genetic Counseling and Medical Humanities and Bioethics.

Courses include: introduction to genetic counseling and medical communication; medical communication; research methods; adult genetics; psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling; clinical rotation and practicum; laboratory course; research project; advanced genetic counseling; and professional issues.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $48,624.00
  • Application Deadline: January 2nd

#31 Boston University School of Medicine

Boston, MA

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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Boston University School of Medicine offers a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. The program is located in an academic medical center providing students with opportunities for a rich clinical training experience. Students in this program will complete a capstone project which will support them in developing the research skills to successfully contribute to the field of genetic counseling throughout their professional careers. 95% of students graduate from this program in the recommended period of time.

Courses include: professional issues in genetic counseling; clinical applications in human genetics; counseling techniques and helping relationships; genetic counseling fieldwork; genetic diagnosis and laboratory methods; social, cultural, and ethical issues in genetics; cancer genetic counseling; advanced genetic counseling; and advanced risk assessment.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $47,422.00
  • Application Deadline: December 14th
  • Credits Required: 48

#30 Brandeis University 

Waltham, MA

Master’s in Genetic Counseling

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The Genetic Counseling Program at Brandeis University offers small class sizes to provide individual attention, support, and ongoing relationships between students, faculty, and alumni. Students will have the opportunity to be matched with advisers who share an interest and expertise in the student’s research area. The program emphasizes disability awareness throughout the curriculum. Students have the opportunity to work with individuals and families in diverse settings, from home to clinical.

Courses include: molecular biotechnology; human genetics; human reproductive and developmental biology; introduction to genetic counseling; genetic counseling fieldwork placement; counseling theory and technique; genetic counseling internship; genetic counseling research; genetic counseling-case conference and family counseling; and genetics, law, and social policy.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $45,900.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th

#29 Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling

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Stanford University offers a Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling. A number of electives are available for students to choose from depending on their individual area of interest including: cancer biology; pediatrics; and biomedical ethics. For clinical rotations, during the second year, students can choose to pursue a placement site locally or in a location of interest elsewhere with the approval of the program. Over the last several years all (100%) students have had a job placement by graduation.

Courses include: developmental and disease mechanisms; responsible conduct of research; introduction to medical genetics; introduction to clinical genetics testing; role play and genetic counseling observations; medical genetics seminar; genetic counseling seminar; a case based approach to clinical genetics; clinical rotations; research seminar; and foundations in biomedical ethics.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $45,729.00
  • Application Deadline: December 15th
  • Credits Required: 84

#28 University of Michigan 

Ann Arbor, MI

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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The University of Michigan Genetic Counseling Program accepts 6-8 students each year. Because of the small class size, students in this 20 month program are able to receive individual support and mentoring from faculty. Students in this program are able to choose from a broad range of electives, available in other departments at the University of Michigan, that provide training in related fields of public health, social work, and nursing. Along with unique elective opportunities, students in this program are able to focus on research in their individual area of interest. A unique feature of this program is that a dual degree option (Master of Science in Genetic Counseling and Master of Public Health MS-MPH) is available for students with a strong interest in public health.

Courses include: gene structure and regulation; anatomy; genetic counseling-clinical skills; peer supervision group; reproductive genetics; research skills; molecular basis of human genetic disease; medical embryology; cancer genetics; clinical internship; death, loss, and grief; and genetic counseling-professional development.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $41,688.00
  • Application Deadline: January 5th

#27 Case Western Reserve University 

Cleveland, OH

Master of Science in Genetics

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The Genetic Counseling Training Program at Case Western Reserve University offers a Master of Science in Genetics. This two year, 40 credit program, prepares students for careers as genetic counselors through coursework, lab work, research, and clinical training. Graduates will be prepared for careers as genetic counselors with skills for working with individuals, families, and medical professionals in diverse clinical and laboratory settings.

Courses include: principles and practices of genetic counseling; advanced medical genetics- molecular and cytogenetics; advanced medical genetics- metabolic disorders; psychosocial issues in genetic counseling; genetic counseling research seminar; clinical rotation; laboratory rotation; research; and ethical and professional issues in genetic counseling.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $41,137.00
  • Application Deadline: January 1st
  • Credits Required: 40

#26 Emory University School of Medicine

Atlanta, GA

Master of Medical Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling

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Emory University School of Medicine offers a Genetic Counseling Training Program. This program allows student to study in depth with a focused internship in: public health genetics; expanded clinical practice; clinical genetics research; or laboratory genetic counseling. The focused internship allows students to leave the program with an area of professional expertise within the field of genetic counseling.

Courses include: human genetics; medical genetics; current topics in clinical genetic testing; genetics of common disease; public health genomics; introduction to genetic counseling; genetic counseling theory and practice; biomedical ethics; clinical practicum; focus internship; and genetic counseling research.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $38,880.00
  • Application Deadline: December 22nd
  • Credits Required: 75

#25 University of Pittsburgh 

Pittsburgh, PA

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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The Genetic Counseling Program at the University of Pittsburgh was established in 1971, making it the second oldest program in the country. Being well established, the program is able to offer students and alumni the rich professional support of a strong peer and alumni network. The program accepts between 10-12 students each year. Students in the program have access to a broad range of clinical and research opportunities to enhance their learning experience.

Courses include: principles of statistical reasoning; principles of epidemiology; chromosomes and human disease; principles of genetic counseling; clinical genetics case conference; intervention skills for genetic counselors; human population genetics; risk calculation in genetic counseling; genetic techniques; and genetic counseling internship.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $34,944.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th
  • Credits Required: 38

#24 Ohio State University 

Columbus, OH

Master’s of Genetic Counseling

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The Ohio State University College of Medicine offers a two year Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling. Students in the program will learn to integrate medical genetics and clinical counseling in health care. Students have the opportunity to learn in a variety of genetic clinics covering issues from prenatal, to hematology, to neurology, throughout Columbus, Ohio. The program prepares graduates to be leaders in the field of genetic counseling with the ability to advance research, education, and provide clinical genetic counseling to diverse individuals and families.

Courses include: foundations in medicine; foundations in genetics; clinical practicum; research methods; foundations in genetic counseling; advanced clinical skills-reproductive counseling; advanced clinical skills-adult counseling; advanced clinical skills-pediatric counseling; advanced clinical skills; cancer counseling; the business of genetics; and public health genetics.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $31,032.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th

#23 Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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A Master of Science is available from the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics at Wayne State University. Students in this program will complete core coursework, clinical internships, electives on the topic of cultural diversity, and a publishable research project. In an effort to provided individualized attention his two year, full time, 47 credit program accepts six students each year. All of the students (100%) who have graduated in the last three years have passed the genetic counseling certification exam the first time they took it. The program prepares graduates to work with diverse populations in a range of settings.

Courses include: principles of genetic counseling; introductory molecular biology; human development and teratology; theory and practice of genetic counseling; advanced human genetics; practical applications of genetic counseling; evaluating the health care literature; advanced theory and practice of genetic counseling; and research project.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $30,682.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th
  • Credits Required: 47

#22 Arcadia University 

Glenside, PA

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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The Genetic Counseling program at Arcadia University can be completed in 21 months. For this 86 credit program, students will complete a graduate research/thesis project as well as four clinical internships. Students will be supported in publishing and presenting their research. The program offers a wide range of elective courses. Students have the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest from a wide range of electives. The program accepts 13-15 students each year.

Elective courses include: addictive behaviors-substance abuse and eating disorders counseling; group counseling; couples and family; issues in community and environmental health; theories of health behavior and health education; human sexuality; stress-use and misuse; and contemporary health topics.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $28,364.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th
  • Credits Required: 86

#21 University of Maryland School of Medicine

Baltimore, MD

Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling

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The University of Maryland School of Medicine offers a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling. This program offers students the scientific and psycho-social foundations as well as the legal and ethical considerations important for all genetic counselors. The program is able to offer students connections with over 40 clinical rotation opportunities located in Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The program accepts 6-8 students each year and prioritizes small class sizes that allow strong student peer relationships and student/faculty interaction.

Courses include: basic human genetics; genetic counseling seminar; working with support groups; clinical applications workshop; introduction to genetic counseling; genetic counseling-principles and practice; psycho-social genetic counseling; research for genetic counselors; laboratory rotation; clinical genetics; and advanced topics in genetic counseling.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $28,328.00
  • Application Deadline: January 17th
  • Credits Required: 35

#20 Long Island University-CW Post 

Brookville, NY

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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Long Island University (LIU) -Post offers a two year, 46 credit, Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. The program supports diversity in their faculty and student population in an effort to integrate diversity into the field of genetic counseling. The program provides students with a well rounded education in the clinical, scientific, and psycho-social components of genetic counseling. The program emphasizes a supportive learning environment with a focus on building collaborative relationships between students and faculty.

Courses include: issues confronting genetic counselors-principles and practices; clinical genetics in practice; cytogenetics; molecular genetics; special topics in adult genetics; genetic counseling practicum; design and analysis in genetics research; clinical internship; capstone project/thesis; biochemical genetics; human development; and clinical genetics.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $27,720.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th
  • Credits Required: 46

#19 University of South Carolina 

Columbia, SC

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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The University of South Carolina School of Medicine offers a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. Students in the program are offered a variety of clinical opportunities and are encouraged to consider international rotation options as well. This program has a history of receiving the distinguished “Commendation for Excellence” award from the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education. The program is well established and is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary!

Courses include: introduction to genetic counseling; medical genetics; human developmental biology; the genetic counseling process; contemporary issues in genetic counseling; psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling; cancer genetics and genetic counseling; contemporary issues in genetic counseling; genetic counseling methods; clinical rotation; and thesis preparation.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $26,532.00
  • Application Deadline: January 1st
  • Credits Required: 56

#18 University of California, Irvine

Orange, CA

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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The University of California at Irvine offers a Master’s of Science in Genetic Counseling through the department of Pediatrics. Students will work with the support of faculty to apply what they have learned in the classroom in clinical settings. Students have access to a number of hospitals for clinical rotations. The program is designed to be completed in two years by full time students. The program prioritizes small class sizes, in order to provide quality and intensive training opportunities, and generally accepts 4-6 students each year. Graduates of this 75 credit program will be prepared to take the American Board of Genetic Counselors Examination.

Core courses cover: genetic counseling theory; medical genetics; quantitative genetics; cytogenetics; human molecular genetics; research methodology; ethical issues; and community resources.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $26,322.00
  • Application Deadline: February 1st
  • Credits Required: 75

#17 University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston 

Houston, TX

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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The University of Texas at Houston offers a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. This Genetic Counseling Program has a history of attracting diverse applicants from all over the country with a broad base of experiences that they bring to the classroom and the field of genetic counseling. Students in this program have the unique opportunity to train in the largest medical center in the United States, the Texas Medical Center. The program is able to offer eight scholarships to first year students.

Courses include: topics in medical genetics; introduction to genetic counseling; developmental anatomy; prenatal genetic counseling; psycho-social issues in genetic counseling; approaches to genetic counseling research; introductory clinical rotation; cancer genetic counseling; psycho-social genetics practicum; master’s thesis research; and contemporary issues in genetic counseling.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $26,055.00
  • Application Deadline: January 4th
  • Credits Required: 46

#16 Sarah Lawrence College 

Bronxville, NY

Master of Science in Human Genetics

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The Human Genetics Program at Sarah Lawrence College is the oldest and largest program in the country, established in 1969. Reportedly, they have trained half the genetic counselors in the united states. Students in the program have the opportunity to work with diverse populations experiencing a range of issues in a variety of clinical settings. Clinical specialties available to students include: prenatal; pediatric; and neurogenetics. This is a 70 credit program. 18 of the required credits consist of (1,000 hours) clinical training, and there is no tuition charge for these 18 credits.

Courses include: advanced human genetics; embryology; genetics across the lifespan; introduction to clinical medicine; process group; physiology; professional issues in genetic counseling; public health genomics; seminar in genetic counseling; biochemistry; medical genetics seminar; interview and counseling based models; research project; and peer issues in genetic counseling.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $25,740.00
  • Application Deadline: December 15th
  • Credits Required: 70

#15 Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

New York, NY

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) offers a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. The program emphasizes clinical rotations. Students will have the opportunity in the fall of their first year to observe genetic counselors at work with families in a clinical setting. Students in this program will gain clinical experience by rotating through eight diverse specialties in the Mount Sinai Health System. The program supports the development of strong psycho-social assessment skills by providing extensive supervision.

Courses include: molecules, cells, and genomics; genetic counseling; introduction to the ethical responsibility of genetic counselors; introduction to biostatistics; ethical issues in clinical research for the genetic counselor; culture, illness, and community health; psychosocial supervision; impact of illness on patients and families; clinical rotation; and thesis.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $25,526.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th

#14 University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Cincinnati, OH

Master of Science in Medical Genetics

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The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine offers a Master of Science in Medical Genetics. Students in this program benefit from the established relationship between UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. This partnership allows students in the program to have clinical rotations in one of the top pediatric medical centers in the country. The program provides a strong background in science as well as current theory in counseling, allowing graduates to work as genetic counselors, supporting families through understanding medical diagnoses. The program reports that graduates are competitive in the job market and that 100% of graduates of the program are able to find employment in the profession of genetic counseling.

Courses include: introduction to genetic counseling and prenatal genomics; fundamentals of molecular genetics; human genetics; introduction to psychosocial genetic counseling; research design; statistics and experimental design for biomedical sciences; advanced genetic counseling issues; clinical practicum; interdisciplinary studies in developmental disabilities; and master’s thesis research.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $24,532.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th
  • Credits Required: 70

#13 University of Minnesota 

Saint Paul, MN

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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The Graduate Studies in Genetic Counseling Program at the University of Minnesota is able to offer teaching assistantships to first year students. Assistantships cover partial tuition remission as well as a stipend. The program accepts eight students each year. Graduates of the program have a high pass rate for the board exam as well as a high retention rate for maintaining professional careers in the field of genetic counseling. Additionally, a high number of graduates from the Genetic Counseling Program at the University of Minnesota have gone on to publish their graduate work in a peer-reviewed journal.

Courses include: medical genetics/biochem; introduction to genetic counseling skills and practice; introduction to behavioral genetics; genetic counseling in practice; dying & death in contemporary society or genetics & assisted reproduction: law and ethics; genetic counseling research seminar; counseling pre-practicum; psycho-social issues in genetic counseling; ethical and legal issues in genetic counseling; and research project paper.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $24,508.00
  • Application Deadline: December 15th
  • Credits Required: 52

#12 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI

Master of Science in Medical Genetics

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The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison offers the Master of Science in Medical Genetics degree. Students will be trained in medical genetics as well as counseling skills. The program began in 1976, making it one of the longest established programs in the country. Graduates will leave the program with a strong and diverse set of clinical experiences, critical thinking skills, and a sense of social responsibility.

Courses include: medical genetics; interviewing and counseling for the genetic counselor; theory and practice in interviewing; practicum in genetic counseling; contemporary professional issues in genetic counseling; academic methodologies and resources for genetic counselors; genetic counseling for inborn errors of metabolism; cancer genetics; clinical genetics; and genetic counseling research.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $24,054.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th

#11 Indiana University Medical Center

Indianapolis, IN

Master of Science in Medical Genetics

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Indiana University has been training genetic counselors for 25 years! The 21 month Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program prepares graduates for the profession of genetic counseling with a Master of Science in Medical Genetics degree. Students are able to complete the program in Indianapolis due to the program being centrally located near three major hospitals. Students are able to receive a range of diverse specialty training experiences under clinical supervision at these sites.

Courses include: basic human genetics; communication techniques in genetic counseling; foundations in genetic counseling; introduction to genetic counseling research; dysmorphology for genetic clinicians; psychological aspects of genetic counseling; laboratory techniques; genetic counseling clinic practicum; practical cancer genetic counseling; molecular and biochemical genetics; and introduction to research ethics.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $22,985.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th
  • Credits Required: 47

#10 University of Utah 

Salt Lake City, UT

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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The School of Medicine at the University of Utah offers a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. The program integrates coursework, research, clinical experiences, and community engagement to support students in developing professionally as genetic counselors. The program has now added hybrid courses to the first year of training in an effort to enhance student engagement. The faculty bring with them a wide range of experience and professional partnerships from around the country and in doing so are able to offer graduates the opportunity to connect with potential colleagues and employers across the country.

Courses include: biochemical genetics; counseling skills and process; genetic counseling seminar; principles of genetic counseling; genetics and human development; cancer genetics; clinical genetics; psychosocial genetic counseling; multicultural counseling; genetic counseling research; genetic counseling laboratory rotation; and supervised clinical rotations.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $21,991.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th

#9 Virginia Commonwealth University 

Richmond, VA

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) offers a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. This is a full time, 60 credit, program that can be completed in 21 months. Students in the program are able to receive clinical training at the VCU Medical Center. Students in this program have the opportunity to engage with faculty and peers in other health-related fields at weekly conferences. Students in the program will complete a research project on a topic of personal/professional interest in order to strengthen their professional skills in the field of research.

Courses include: introduction to human genetics; practice of genetic counseling; theories of counseling; practice of genetic counseling; clinical placement (prenatal); scientific integrity; medical genetics; cancer genetics; and embryology.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $21,933.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th
  • Credits Required: 60

#8 University of Colorado Denver 

Aurora, CO

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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The University of Colorado Denver offers a 21 month Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling. The program prepares students for the profession of genetic counseling through coursework covering the clinical and scientific aspects of practice as well as through focused clinical experience. Clinical experience is offered covering a range of issues at hospitals, clinics, and genetic counseling centers in Colorado. Additionally, students will immerse themselves in the field through seminars, research, and outreach.

Courses include: psycho-social aspects of genetic counseling; basic interviewing skills; topics in medical genetics; clinical cytogenetics; and molecular genetics; cancer genetics and genetic counseling; human inborn errors of metabolism; congenital malformations and disorders of the newborn; introduction to clinical research for genetic counseling students; professional issues in genetic counseling; risk calculation in genetic counseling; master’s thesis; and applied genetics clinics.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $20,358.00
  • Application Deadline: January 1st
  • Credits Required: 44

#7 University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, NC

Master of Science Program in Genetic Counseling

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The Master of Science Program in Genetic Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a full time program designed to be completed in two years. Many classes are scheduled in the late afternoon and evenings in order to accommodate students who work during the day. Graduates will be prepared to take the American Board of Genetic Counseling Certification Examination and will have experience and preparation to practice with specific issues related to areas including prenatal, pediatric, and cancer genetics.

Courses include: principles of genetic counseling; genetic counseling in the community; medical and clinical genetics; research methods; clinical rotations; research project; ethics and genetics; and mental health issues for genetic counselors.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $18,322.00
  • Application Deadline: December 1st
  • Credits Required: 52

#6 University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Oklahoma City, OK

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center offers a 48 credit Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. The curriculum for this program combines coursework, a thesis focusing on the student’s area of interest, and supervised experience in clinical practicums along with additional activities and opportunities to develop professionally. Graduates of the program will be prepared to provide genetic counseling in diverse clinical settings as well as to conduct clinical research.

Courses include: introduction to clinical research; embryology; topics in genetic counseling; an introduction to clinical skills; human population genetics; research development; psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling; molecular genetics; cancer genetics; prenatal diagnosis and screening; prenatal ultrasound practicum; and advanced clinical practicum.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $17,758.00
  • Credits Required: 48

#5 University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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Students can earn a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The program prepares graduates to support individuals and families in understanding medical conditions and processing the feelings that come with adjusting to coping with a medical condition or genetic diagnosis. A couple of unique courses offered by UAB teach students in the program phlebotomy skills and Spanish speaking skills, preparing graduates for a range of direct service opportunities.

Courses include: genetics in medicine; principles of cancer and adult genetics and counseling; theory and practice of genetic counseling; introduction to genetic counseling; advanced clinical skills in genetic counseling; clinical laboratory rotation; clinical rotation; professional skills; research design and statistics; survival Spanish for healthcare professionals; theories of individual counseling; and clinical skills/techniques.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $16,628.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th
  • Credits Required: 59

#4 University of Arkansas Medical Sciences

Little Rock, AR

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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The Department of Genetic Counseling at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) offers a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. A unique feature of the program at the UAMS is that they provide students with the opportunity to learn to provide genetic counseling services over interactive video. The ability to provide telemedicine allows genetic counselors to provide services to diverse populations in locations across the country that might not otherwise have access to services. Additionally, students in this program will engage in coursework in face-to-face courses with supplemental online coursework.

Courses include: counseling theory and skills for genetic counselors; professional issues in genetic counseling; medical genetics; clinical observation; genetic counseling ethics; human embryology; research methods in genetic counseling; psychosocial genetic counseling; prenatal diagnosis; system disorders for the genetic counselor; public health genetics; and advanced clinical clerkship.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $16,002.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th
  • Credits Required: 61

#3 California State University-Stanislaus

Turlock, CA

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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Stanislaus State, located in San Francisco, offers a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. This program was developed out of a collaboration between California State University, Stanislaus, University of California San Francisco, and Kaiser Permanente. Students in this two year program will be prepared to work as genetic counselors with the ability to collaborate with a health care team in an effort to provide services and support to families from diverse backgrounds as they learn about the genetic conditions impacting their lives.

Courses include: principles of human genetics; clinical embryology; principles and practices of genetic counseling; clinical cytogenetics and molecular biology; graduate seminar in genetics; advanced medical genetics; cancer genetics; biochemical genetics; research methods and professional skills; and fieldwork and clinical internships.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $15,666.00
  • Application Deadline: January 15th
  • Credits Required: 43

#2 Indiana State University

Terre Haute, IN

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

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Indiana State University offers a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. The program prioritizes small class sizes, accepting approximately eight students each year, in order to provide students with individual attention and support. Students in this program are offered a broad range of clinical rotations in areas such as prenatal, pediatrics, and other specialties. Students will have the opportunity to engage in multiple clinical rotations under the supervision of a genetic counselor at locations across Indiana as well as out of state. This allows students to get clinical experience in their area of interest to enhance their professional career.

Courses include: seminar in genetics/foundations in genetic counseling; clinical cytogenetics; diagnostic genetics; genome science; embryology; medical genetics; human genetics; techniques of counseling; ethical and professional practice; multicultural counseling; development through the lifespan; and bioethics of genomic science.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $13,716.00
  • Application Deadline: January 1st
  • Credits Required: 62

#1 Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD

Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

Augustana University is currently accepting applications for its first class in the Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Graduate Program (ASGCGP). Students in this program will complete 62 credits (50 credits coursework plus 12 credits clinical rotation) to earn the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. This two year program integrates coursework and clinical work throughout the program with an emphasis on coursework in the first year and clinical work in the second year. Graduates of this program will enter the profession of genetic counseling with a firm understanding of genetic science as well as the clinical counseling skills needed to provide genetic counseling to individuals and families.

Courses include: genetics in medicine; metabolic genetics and newborn screening; communication and interviewing skills for the genetic counselor; genetic counseling; genetic counseling research; diversity in genetic counseling; cancer genetics; reproductive genetics; genetics and the community; ethics in genetics and biomedical sciences; and clinical practicum in genetic counseling.

  • Average Graduate Tuition: $6,300.00
  • Application Deadline: March 1st
  • Credits Required: 62

 

Methodology: A list of master’s degrees in genetic counseling was gathered from the website of Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling . The average graduate tuition was then gathered from College Navigator. Schools were then ranked high to low by affordability.

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