Genetic Counseling

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

24 months
767 USD/credit
767 USD/credit
162 USD/credit
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The University of Texas-Houston offers a challenging and unique program in genetic counseling, which is administered through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in association with the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics at the UT Medical School at Houston. The UT GCP was founded in 1989 and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.

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The selection process involves submission of an application and an interview at the UT-Houston Medical School. Approximately 30-35 people are selected to interview from a pool of 90-100 applicants. Interviews are held in the spring and final notification of admission to the program is carried out in compliance with guidelines set forth by the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors (AGCPD) on a pre-determined universal acceptance date, typically in late April.

Genetic counseling is an exciting career choice. Genetic counselors work with families to help them understand and cope with the complex medical options and decisions which they now face.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Topics in Medical Genetics I
  • Introduction to Genetic Counseling
  • Developmental Anatomy
  • Prenatal Genetic Counseling
  • Psychosocial Issues in Genetic Counseling
  • Ethics in Biomedical Sciences

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All applicants must take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Scores are valid from the preceding 5 years
  • A GPA of 3.0 or greater is required. Successful applicants generally have a GPA of 3.5 or better and GRE scores in the 75% range
  • Client advocacy experience (crisis counseling/Planned Parenthood)
  • Volunteer experience
  • Genetic counseling internship/shadowing/exposure
  • Undergraduate or graduate coursework in: Biology, Psychology, Genetics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Calculus, Statistics
  • An interview in Houston is required for admission to this program

Tuition Fee

  • International

    767 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 767 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    767 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 767 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    162 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 162 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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