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Genetic Counseling, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #98 (QS) , MA,
The BU Genetic Counseling program is committed to providing high-quality training through dynamic coursework, dedicated mentoring, diverse fieldwork, and innovative research to develop motivated genetic counselors to meet the needs of an expanding landscape in genetics and genomics.

About

The primary objective of the Master of Science Program in Genetic Counseling is to educate graduate students in the core concepts of human genetics and counseling. Our focus is to provide students with the appropriate knowledge, experience, and mentoring to become competent, sensitive, and motivated genetic counselors. This is accomplished through a variety of educational experiences including coursework, clinical training, research project preparation, and supplementary activities such as case conferences, grand rounds, journal clubs, and seminars. Located in the heart of Boston, the Genetic Counseling program at Boston University provides a dynamic and enriching environment for genetic counseling students.

Boston University’s medical school and teaching hospital offer access to tremendous resources for clinical experience and laboratory genetic services, making this the first program of its kind to be located within an academic medical center in New England. This program also has the unique appeal of including courses in the Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine Program and the Medical Sciences Program. In addition, elective courses are available through several other BU schools and departments.

Accreditation

This program has received full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). 

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling
  • Embryology, Teratology, and Prenatal Genetics 
  • Clinical Applications in Human Genetics 
  • Genetic Counseling Seminar 
  • Counseling Techniques and Helping Relationships 
  • Cancer Genetic Counseling 
  • Advanced Genetic Counseling 

                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  • Programme intensity Full-time
                    • Full-time duration 24 months
                  • Credits
                    48 alternative credits
                  • Languages
                    • English
                  • Delivery mode
                    On Campus

                  English Language Requirements

                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                  • Minimum required score:

                    100

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                  • Minimum required score:

                    7

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                  Academic Requirements

                  General Requirements

                  • An unofficial, English transcript of each college or university attended. 
                  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members, research advisors – or similar – in your proposed field.
                  • A Personal Statement, minimum 200 words, that describes your qualifications and the objectives of your intended educational program.
                  • CV/Resume.
                  • General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
                  • Submitted transcript and letters of recommendations must be in English. 
                  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS results must be submitted for applicants whose native language is not English. 

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International

                    52816 USD/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 26408 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
                  • National

                    52816 USD/year
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 26408 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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                  Living costs for Boston

                  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
                    Living Costs

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