Genetic Counseling

University of Wisconsin Madison

24 months
25336 USD/year
25336 USD/year
12009 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Genetic Counseling is an exciting profession that combines advanced education in human, molecular, and medical genetics with skills and experience in counseling. This master degree is offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison. 


Genetic counselors are health professionals with specialized graduate degrees and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counseling. This master in Genetic Counseling is offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison. 

Most enter the field from a variety of disciplines, including biology, genetics, nursing, psychology, public health, and social work. Clinical experiences in a variety of specialty clinics provide opportunities for initial development of skills in interviewing, data collection and counseling. Experiences in laboratory and public health settings provide an opportunity for students to explore non-clinical roles and become better acquainted with career-related disciplines.

Clinical practicums (counseling experience) 

  • Students rotate through a variety of high quality clinical settings during their training at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, including a comprehensive cancer center, tertiary perinatal care centers and hospitals dedicated solely to the care of children. 
  • The clinic rotations are supervised by genetic counselors with American Board of Genetic Counseling certification, and by clinical geneticists with American Board of Medical Genetics certification. 

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Medical Genetics 
  • Interviewing and Counseling for the Genetic Counselor
  • Theory and Practice in Interviewing 
  • Contemporary Professional Issues in Genetic Counseling 
  • Academic Methodologies and Resources for Genetic Counselors 
  • Genetic Counseling for Inborn Errors of Metabolism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


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.
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

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree. Although a specific major is not required, most applicants have a degree in a biological science (e.g. biology, genetics, biochemistry).
  • The average GPA of admitted students is 3.5
  • An applicant must complete courses in biochemistry, statistics and advanced genetics. An appropriate biochemistry course generally requires prerequisites that include at least one semester of chemistry and organic chemistry
  • Completion of the GRE is required
  • Your resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation are required that demonstrate one’s academic, professional and advocacy strengths

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25336 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25336 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12009 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12009 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Fresh content

Updated in the last year

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Our partners

Genetic Counseling
University of Wisconsin Madison