Human Genetics & Genetic Counseling


  • Center City Campus
  • College of Life Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Master of Science

Program Length

21 months

Program Type

  • On Campus

Frequently Asked Questions

Currently, the program admits a cohort of 8 students, with plans to increase this in the future. 

The application deadline for Fall 2023 matriculation is January 15, 2023

No, students are admitted once a year for the fall semester through the match process. 

 Admission to the program is competitive. National statistics indicate that approximately 33% of applicants are accepted in genetic counseling programs.

A course can be in process at the time of application, however, courses must be completed prior to submission of the rank order list for the match process, which is typically in early April. 

No, we will consider students with any academic major, as long as all program requirements at met.

Yes. All competitive applicants are invited to an interview.  Currently, interviews are conducted virtually. . 

The program is completed in 21 months by most students, with an option for later graduation within the academic year if supplemental time is needed for clinical or research experiences.

The program curriculum is rigorous and courses are scheduled to allow ample time for clinical rotation experiences and educational experiences.  If a student elects to work while in the program, they would need to work around course and clinical schedules.  

Yes, Thomas Jefferson University has several on-campus housing options for students. For more information on both on-campus and off-campus housing, please visit our Office of Housing and Residence Life.

Having access to transportation is required to access clinical rotation experiences.  Access to a car is encouraged as public transportation is not available to all potential rotation sites. 

Please visit the Commuter Services Office (CSO) website, which provides information & discounts for transportation and parking assistance to employees and students of Thomas Jefferson University.

Numerous opportunities exist for clinical rotations throughout the greater Philadelphia area.  All students complete core rotations in prenatal, cancer and pediatric/general genetics, as well as a specialty ocular genetics rotation.  Opportunities for rotations in other specialty areas, for example, cardio or neuro genetics, or laboratory/industry are also possible. Arrangements may also be possible for students interested in completing a specific rotation in another geographic area during the summer term of the program.

Inter-professional education is highly valued and encouraged.  Some courses within the program are taken with other students at the University to promote collaboration, knowledge of other fields, and camaraderie. Students also participate in the Jefferson Health Mentors Program through the Jefferson Center for Inter-professional Practice and Education. Lastly, shared study spaces, conferences and special educational events are also available.     

Please contact Admissions to schedule a time to visit campus at or 215-951-2800.  

Yes! We ensure each enrolled student receives a scholarship.  We also offer two additional scholarships to individuals from under-presented groups within the genetic counseling profession.