21 months
1324 USD/credit 35558 USD/year
1324 USD/credit 35558 USD/year
698 USD/credit 18746 USD/year
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University of Colorado Denver offers a 21 month (5 semester) program of graduate study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Genetic Counseling.


The comprehensive curriculum of the Genetic Counseling program from University of Colorado Denver combines in-depth didactic coursework in the scientific, clinical, psychosocial and professional practice aspects of genetic counseling with extensive, hands-on clinical experience in pediatric, prenatal, adult and specialty genetics clinics.

Clinical training is provided through:

  • Children's Hospital Colorado
  • University of Colorado Hospital in the Anschutz Centers for Advanced Medicine and University of Colorado Cancer Center
  • Telehealth Genetics Clinics serving patients throughout Colorado
  • And other area genetic counseling centers
All students participate in clinical case conferences, genetics seminars, journal club, and clinical research activities.


The program’s graduates are in very high demand and typically receive employment offers prior to graduation. They work throughout the U.S. and Canada, and in all areas of genetic counseling practice. Their performance on the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) board certification examination is excellent, with a first-time passing rate of 100% for the past 5 years (2016-present). The program’s attrition rate during the same period is zero.


The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) for the training of master's level genetic counselors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Coursework during years one and two includes instruction in the principles of human/clinical genetics and genomics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics, biochemical/metabolic genetics, cancer genetics, risk calculation; psychosocial, interviewing and counseling theories and techniques; and ethical, legal, social and professional issues in genetic counseling practice. 
  • Laboratory Experience is obtained via an integrated cytogenetics and molecular genetics laboratory course taken in year one of the program. Additional laboratory experiences may be arranged for the interested student. 
  • Required Clinical Rotations include Pediatric General Genetics Clinic, Prenatal Diagnosis Clinic, Adult and Pediatric Hereditary Cancer Clinic, Metabolic Clinic, Regional Telemedicine and Specialty/Multidisciplinary Clinics, and Adult Medical Genetics Clinic. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines


47 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a college or university of recognized standing in the biological sciences, psychology, social work, nursing or a related field. 
  • MINIMUM undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of the online application form and submission of supporting materials. 
  • FOUR letters of recommendation are required
  • ONE official copy of each transcript must be sent directly from all colleges and universities attended

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35558 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1324 USD per credit during 21 months.
  • National

    35558 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1324 USD per credit during 21 months.
  • In-State

    18746 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 698 USD per credit during 21 months.

Living costs for Denver

1310 - 2220 USD /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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