Human Genetics & Genetic Counseling


  • Center City Campus
  • College of Life Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Master of Science

Program Type

  • On Campus

Admissions Information

To apply, submit an application along with a fee of $50 to Jefferson.

After submitting the application, you will receive instructions on how to submit your supporting application materials listed below through your online MyJefferson account. If you prefer, you may also mail your materials to:

Thomas Jefferson University
Graduate Application Document Processing
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

You will receive a MyJefferson identification number via email once you submit your application for admission. Be sure to include yourname and MyJefferson ID on all documents that you mail to Jefferson.

Supporting Materials

Transcripts: Submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions you have attended and/or from which you earned credit. Official transcripts can be sent electronically by the institution to or mailed to the address above.

Personal Statement: Submit a statement of purpose outlining your interest in the program, how the course of study relates to your desired career path, and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.

Letters of Recommendation: Submit three letters of reference that provide insight into your academic competence. References from college or university faculty members are recommended. You may request recommendations through your MyJefferson account.

Résumé: A current professional résumé is required.

Professional Experience: Counseling experience (i.e paid or volunteer work on crisis hot-line, pregnancy/reprodutive counseling service, or other services) is required. 

GRE: Submit official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken no longer than five years prior to application. Applicants should submit scores electronically using test code 2666. A minimum score of 300 (verbal/quantitative) is required, 50th percentile and above is recommended. 

Additional Requirements for International Coursework

Students who have taken coursework outside of the United States should submit a course-by-course academic credential evaluation from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member credentialing organization. Applicants who do not have a NACES evaluation are required to submit official transcripts, along with an official English translation, to Jefferson for review. Thomas Jefferson University reserves the right to outsource student academic credentials to our NACES member partner for evaluation.

International Applicants

At Jefferson, we set a high priority on the exchange of ideas, research, and education with members of the international community. Learn more about specific requirements for international applicants.

Application Deadlines

To be considered complete and eligible for review, all supporting materials must be received by the deadline.

Fall Application Deadline: January 15


Contact us for more information about this program, how to apply for admission, and your application status.

Phone: 215-951-2800


Before applying to Jefferson, you should review the prerequisites required for admission for your program of interest. Our admissions team is available to assist with questions and to provide guidance on your next steps.

Degree & GPA

GPA Requirement: A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA is required, a 3.2 cumulative GPA is preferred.

Degree Prerequisite: Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of the program.

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants are required to complete the following prerequisite coursework at time of application at a regionally accredited institution. If courses are in the process of being completed at the time of application, please send documentation of progress in course. 

Courses Credits
Genetics* 3-4
Biochemistry 3-4
Introductory Psychology 3
Upper Level Psychology Course** 3
Statistics 3

* Including Molecular Biology
** Accepted courses include Abnormal Psycholoyg, Behavioral Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Human/Developmental Psychology, Lifespan Psychology

Additional coursework in the following areas are recommended but not required:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (highly recommended and ecouraged)
  • Microbiology 
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Counseling

Professional Observation Hours

Applicants are required to have shadowing experience with a genetic counselor or medial geneticisit. All observation hours are required to be completed at time of application. Please indicate your CV/Resume the amount of time (hours) you sepnt shadowing and amount of time for your counseling experience. 


Contact us for more information about this program, how to apply for admission, and your application status.

Phone: 215-951-2800