Learn about the program and virtually connect with our community through our online information sessions, application workshops, question-and-answer sessions with current students, and various conferences and career fairs listed on the right. All times are Pacific Time. Advanced registration is required.
Campus tours are not offered by the program but can be scheduled with the Graduate Division.
Applications for UCLA graduate programs are submitted through the Graduate Division. Detailed steps on how to apply to UCLA graduate programs can also be found with the Graduate Division.
Applications are received only once a year for admission to the program for the subsequent fall quarter.
Applicants are expected to hold a bachelor's degree. Common bachelor's degrees include biology, physiology, biochemistry, and life sciences. However, we consider students with any major as long as all admissions requirements are met.
Applicants must complete at least one semester or quarter of college-level coursework in each of the following five fields, with any required topics outlined below, and assessed with a passing letter grade:
College-level coursework in the following fields are also strongly recommended:
A prerequisite course can be in progress at the time of application. However, most courses required for admission should be completed at the time of application. Be sure to clarify within your application the status of any outstanding prerequisite courses. All prerequisite courses must be completed in order to matriculate into the program. Prerequisite courses do not need to be completed in conjunction with a degree and can be fulfilled from a community college or online. However, AP coursework cannot be counted towards coursework requirements.
Grade Point Average
In certain circumstances, the upper-division undergraduate GPA or a graduate GPA may be considered in lieu of the overall undergraduate GPA. To demonstrate an ability to improve upon past scholastic performance, we strongly recommend taking graduate-level courses at a four-year university.
Applicants are expected to demonstrate relevant experience in healthcare, teaching, counseling, and/or patient advocacy, preferably in a genetics-oriented setting
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Applicants are expected to demonstrate potential or actual contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education and/or the genetic counseling profession.
Your curriculum vitae should include your NMS number; information that documents your genetic or general counseling experience, exposure to patients in clinical settings, research experience, leadership experience, exposure to individuals with disabilities, publications or abstracts; plus a list of courses that meet our prerequisites, including the institutions at which they were taken and your grades.
Statement of Purpose
An essay that integrates a description of how your experiences align with the program's focus and goals. Questions you can consider addressing in this essay include:
An essay that gives you the opportunity to provide additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and aptitude for graduate study at UCLA. The personal statement will also be used to consider candidates for the Track B Fellowship and the Graduate Opportunity Fellowship Program (GOFP). You will be asked to respond to one or more of the following prompts. To be considered for the Track B Fellowship and/or the GOFP, be sure to describe your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The University of California Diversity Statement can be used for reference.
Unofficial transcripts are permissible. Matched applicants should be prepared to request official, electronic transcripts from their institutions prior to matriculation into the program.
Letters of Recommendation
A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required, although up to four can be submitted. Letters of recommendation should come from individuals competent to evaluate qualifications for pursuit of graduate study and a genetic counseling career.
Optional Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Applicants are not required to take the GRE. However, applicants may submit their GRE General Test scores from the verbal, quantitative, and analytic sections, which will be considered as part of the holistic review process. Applications with GRE scores will not be given greater weight than those without GRE scores. UCLA's GRE institution code is 4837. The Genetic Counseling major code is 0389.
The Genetic Counseling Admissions Match has been established to enhance the process of placing applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The Match uses a process that takes into account both applicants' and programs' preferences. All applicants must register with National Matching Services (NMS) before applying to participating genetic counseling graduate programs. At the conclusion of all program interviews, both applicants and programs will submit ranked lists of preferred placements to NMS according to deadlines posted on the NMS website. The binding results of the Match will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April. Please visit NMS to view additional details about the matching process and a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.
A non-refundable registration fee of $100.00 is required. Visit NMS for information on how to apply for a match fee waiver.
Applicants being considered for admission will be invited to a virtual interview day.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022: 12:00pm-1:00pm. Register here.
Wednesday, August 31, 2022: 12:00pm-1:00pm. Register here.
Thursday, October 6, 2022: 12:00pm-1:00pm. Register here.
Wednesday, October 19, 2022: 12:00pm-1:00pm. Register here.
Tuesday, November 1, 2022: 12:00pm-1:00pm. Register here.
Wednesday, October 12, 2022: 5:00pm-6:00pm. Register here.
Thursday, October 27, 2022: 5:00pm-6:00pm. Register here.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022: 9:00am-12:00pm. Register here.
Thursday, October 6, 2022: 11:00am-2:00pm. Register here.
September 7, 2022: National Matching Services (NMS) registration opens
Early September 2022: UCLA graduate application opens
Thursday, December 1, 2022: UCLA graduate application closes
December 2022 through January 2023: Application review
February 2023: Virtual interview invitations released
March 2023: Virtual interviews
March 29, 2023: NMS rank order list submission opens
April 11, 2023: NMS rank order list submission closes
April 19 2023: Match Day