24 months
27702 EUR/year
27702 EUR/year
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The goal of the Genetic Counselling program of Alfaisal University is to meet the current and future demand of healthcare system for highly qualified, competent and culturally sensitive genetic counselors in Saudi Arabia and in the region.


Program Overview

After the release of the complete version of the human genome in 2003, the field of medical genetics experienced a revolution in the speed of discoveries which positively affected human health. The clinical and genomic breakthrough of the medical genetics field has aided the translation and integration of genomics into health care and the introduction of personalized medicine improving level of service offered to patients.

The high incidence of various genetic disorders in KSA and in the Arab world, the implementation of national programs of new born and premarital screening have significantly increased the demand for properly trained Genetic Counselors to work with patients and their families. Genetic counseling training programs have been around in North America since the late sixties. These training programs have proven to be highly successful in graduating well trained genetic counselors, where currently there are thousands of them practicing worldwide.

The Department of Medical Genetics at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in affiliation with Alfaisal University in Riyadh have recognized the importance of such an essential specialty and are committed to establish the Genetic Counselling program of Alfaisal University.

What is Genetic Counseling?

According to the National Society of Genetic Counseling (NSGC) in USA genetic counseling is defined as "the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. This integrates interpretation of family and medical histories to assess disease occurrence and recurrence, education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research. It also integrates counseling to promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or condition".

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Topics In Genetic Counseling
  • Psychosocial Aspects Of Genetic Counseling
  • Genetic Basis Of Inherited Disease
  • Cancer Genetic Counseling
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Observational Clinic Rotation 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


42 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Your Certificates & Transcripts must be certified by the Saudi Embassy in the country of your study
  • Your Certificates & Transcripts must be evaluated & certified by the Saudi Ministry of Education
  • You must pay the non-refundable seat confirmation fee of SR 500
  • A bachelor's degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution accepted by Ministry of Education (MOE) in related field
  • Above average GMAT, GRE score or an equivalent Graduate Quadrat Exam held by Qias Centre
  • English language proficiency
  • Minimum One year Professional work experience in related field
  • Applicant should provide two letters of recommendations
  • On-campus Interview
  • Students must provide a statement of purpose describing their academic interests and reasons for applying at the interview time

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27702 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 55404 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    27702 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 55404 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • SAR 200,000 per full programme

Living costs for Riyadh

2073 - 3435 SAR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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