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Genetic Counseling, M.Sc.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) , TX,
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.


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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

    553 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 553 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    553 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 553 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    182 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 182 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Houston

  • 1067 - 1950 USD/month
    Living Costs

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