All applicants must meet UCLA-wide graduate minimum admissions requirements.
All applicants must also meet Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements:
Common undergraduate degrees include biology, psychology, biochemistry, and life sciences; however, candidates with other undergraduate degrees will be considered as long as they have completed the Required Coursework* prior to applying to the program:
Required Coursework (*AP courses are not counted toward program prerequisites)
* Biology (at least 1 semester/quarter)
* Biochemistry (at least 1 semester/quarter) [required topics (1) Structure and function of macromolecules (proteins, lipids carbohydrates, and nucleic acids); (2) Signal transduction and membrane transport; (3) Pathways involved in energy production and metabolism of glycogen, fatty acids, and amino acids]
* Genetics (at least 1 semester/quarter) [includes Mendelian genetics and molecular biology, required topics (1) Structure and function of DNA; (2) Amplification and sequencing of DNA; (3) Structure of the human genome; (4) Molecular mechanisms surrounding replication, recombination, and expression of genes and the genome]
* Psychology or Sociology (1 semester/quarter)
* Statistics or Biostatistics (1 semester/quarter)
Strongly Recommended Coursework
* Developmental Biology
Experience. Demonstrate relevant experience in healthcare, teaching, counseling, and/or patient advocacy setting, preferably genetics-oriented.
Contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Demonstrate (potential) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education and genetic counseling profession.
February 1, 2020
Admission limited to:
The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is currently seeking New Program Accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). Once this accreditation is obtained, applications will be accepted. Please check this site for updates.
Note: In special circumstances, the GPA in the major for the last two years or the GPA for a graduate degree may be considered in lieu of the overall undergraduate GPA.
Match Registration. All applicants must register with the Genetic Counseling (GC) Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS).
Additional information about the NMS Match:
The GC 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 first register for the Match with 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 the NMS website to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.
Please note: All applications are submitted through the UCLA GRADUATE DIVISION website.
The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is currently seeking New Program Accreditation from the Accreditation Council For Genetic Counseling (ACGC). Once this accreditation is obtained, applications will be accepted. Please check this site for updates.
All applicants will complete the program application and submit the following required materials:
If you have questions about your eligibility or strength as an applicant, please contact us here.
The M.S. in Genetic Counseling degree is a terminal degree and does not lead to a doctoral degree.
UCLA Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program has achieved Candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). Achieving Candidate status demonstrates progress towards accreditation. Having Candidate status does not guarantee accreditation.