21 months
1187 USD/credit 37984 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 35488 USD/year
468 USD/credit 14976 USD/year
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Genetic counselors are in-demand health-care professionals who combine their passions for science and helping people to provide specialized expertise across many areas of medicine and industry. This Genetic Counseling program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham will prepare you to become a board-certified genetic counselor.


To be a successful genetic counselor, you need to have a thorough understanding of medical genetics and psychosocial expertise to assist individuals and families. Your curriculum will include genetic counseling fundamentals, advanced medical genetics, and counseling skills.

 You will have unique clinical opportunities in pediatric, prenatal, cancer, and many other specialty clinics as well as research and laboratory genetic counseling. Finally, you will complete a plan II project, where you will design and implement a genetic counseling-related research project. With access to our many facilities here at UAB, you will have multiple options for both on-site and off-site rotations and lab experiences.

Fast Facts:

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham is leading the way in bringing precision medicine into health care with the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute and the NIH "All of Us" Research Program.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 29% employment growth for genetic counselors between 2016 and 2026.
Earning a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling will help you be prepared for the high demand, rapidly evolving field of genomic medicine. A combination of classroom and clinical experiences in pediatric, prenatal, cancer, and other specialties teach you to work with patients and families who are learning about and coping with the risk genetic disease may have for themselves and their relatives.

Programme Structure


  • Professional Skills Development
  • Survival Spanish for Health Professionals
  • Research Design and Statistics
  • Theories of Individual Counseling
  • Genetics in Medicine
  • Prenatal Genetics, Embryology and Teratology
  • Principles of Cancer and Adult Genetics and Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines


56 SCH



On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • NMS registration number.
  • Personal Statement: A statement that highlights your motivation to become a genetic counselor, and emphasizes your prior and current experiences, and how they will benefit you in the profession. (No more than 500 words.)
  • Official Transcripts: Students should send official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. We recommend students send transcripts that include their most recent Fall grades.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores from the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic sections: For the 2021 admissions cycle, the GRE is not required and will not be reviewed. It has not been determined if the GRE will be required for the 2022 admissions cycle.
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (A = 4.0).
  • Resume or CV

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37984 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 21 months.
  • National

    35488 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 21 months.
  • In-State

    14976 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 21 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 USD /month
Living costs

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


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.

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