Human Genetics & Genetic Counseling

College

  • Center City Campus
  • College of Life Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Master of Science

Program Length
21 months

Program Type

  • On Campus

Prerequisites
BA | See more

Contact Information

Co-Director

Name: Rachael Brandt, PhD, MS, LCGC
Position: Co-Director

Co-Director

Name: Zohra Ali-KhanCatts, MS, LCGC
Position: Co-Director

Program Coordinator

Name: Alexandra Whitman
Position: Program Coordinator

Contact Information

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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 enroll@jefferson.edu 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: Record Exam (GRE) scores taken no longer than five years prior to application are recommended, but not required. Applicants choosing to submit scores should do so electronically using test code 2666.

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

Questions

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

Admissions
Phone: 215-951-2800
Email: enroll@jefferson.edu

Prerequisites

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 Exposure/Observation

Exposure to the genetic counseling field is required, through shadowing, virtual experiences, interviews with genetic counselors, watching and/or participating case series, etc. Please indicate all the ways in which you have interfaced with genetic counselors on your CV/Resume, include the amount of time spent shadowing, if applicable.

Questions

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

Admissions
Phone: 215-951-2800
Email: enroll@jefferson.edu