Human Genetics & Genetic Counseling


  • Center City Campus
  • College of Life Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Master of Science

Program Length

21 months

Program Type

  • On Campus

Welcome to the Human Genetics & Genetic Counseling Program at the Jefferson College of Life Sciences

The Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling Program at Thomas Jefferson University is a 21-month Master’s level experience grounded in basic science and diversified through psychosocial education and varied clinical and research opportunities.

Our Mission, Objective & Vision

Our mission is to provide an integrated approach in the education and training of genetic counselors, committed to creating an inclusive community where we learn, practice and apply knowledge focused on human genetics, counseling and inherently related ethical, psychosocial, and legal issues – from the classroom to the clinic and beyond. Our program’s primary objective is to support the cultures, experiences, ideas, and identities of our students, promoting their development of practice based compentencies and abiding by the NSGC Code of Ethics. Our vision is that our graduates will capably serve diverse communities with innovative, quality, compassionate care and cultural humility.   

The Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling and enrolls 10 students per year.

We encourage you to peruse our website and to review our Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling Handbook to learn more about our program, degree requirements, and the rewarding profession of genetic counseling. To learn more about the Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling Program, please email us at or


Rachael Brandt, PhD, MS, LCGC - Program Co-Director
Zohra Ali-Khan Catts, MS, LCGC - Program Co-Director

Program Overview

The Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling MS program will provide students integrative education and training to become compassionate and knowledgeable genetic counselors. 


Learn about the variety of classes and schedule options for obtaining your Master's degree.