Genetic Counseling Admissions Match
The University of Utah Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS). The GC Admissions Match was established to enhance the process of placing applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The Match uses a process that takes into account both applicants’ and programs’ preferences. All applicants must first register for the Match with NMS before applying to participating genetic counseling graduate programs. In order to be considered for an interview by the UUGPGC, an applicant must be registered with NMS. At the conclusion of all program interviews, both applicants and programs will submit ranked lists of preferred placements to NMS according to deadlines posted on the NMS website. The binding results of the Match will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April.
Please visit the NMS website at (https://natmatch.com/gcadmissions) to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.
Please review the program requirements and other links on this page to learn more about the UUGPGC and the many benefits of living and networking in Salt Lake City during your training. Applications are due by January 15 each year. International applicants are encouraged to have their applications submitted by December 15 due to longer processing times. (Please visit the Admissions Timeline page for more important dates).
An informal, one day genetic counseling career camp is also held annually in the summer and is sponsored by the Association for Utah Genetic Counselors (AUG). This camp includes general information regarding the field of genetic counseling as well as the UUGPGC. Reservations are required and more information can be found on their website at: www.utahgc.org.
This issue of Prospectives in Genetic Counseling may be helpful as well.
In order for an application to be considered complete, we require the following:
1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited university or college
2. Genetic Counseling Graduate Program Application*:
- Hard copy of official transcripts from previous schools attended sent to the Graduate Admissions Office by mail to 201 S. 1460 E. Room 250 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84112 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (If you graduated from the University of Utah, you do not have to request official transcripts.)
- Unofficial transcripts attached to online application
- Current resume which must include your Match Code Number (or your application will not be reviewed)
- Personal Statement 2-3 pages in length (3 pages maximum) and double-spaced. The applicant should answer the following questions in a cohesive manner:
― What is your perception of the role of a genetic counselor?
― What are your personal reasons for selecting this career?
― How did your advocacy experiences prepare you for the profession?
― Why would you be a good addition to the field of genetic counseling?
- Three letters of recommendation
- The letters of recommendation must be submitted according to the directions in the online application. The letters should be from individuals who are intimately familiar with your academic accomplishments, and/or counseling-related activities, and should include your strengths, weaknesses, personal character, and potential for success in the Genetic Counseling Graduate program.
- For those applicants whose undergraduate institution does not grade on a 4.0 scale, please provide documentation explaining the grading system.
- If GPA is below 3.0, the applicant is strongly encouraged to obtain a letter of recommendation from an academic source
- $55 application fee (international application fee is $65)
* Please do not submit additional materials with your application; they will not be reviewed.
- All of the following introductory courses are required at least at the college level (AP classes are accepted): Biochemistry*, Biology, General chemistry, Genetics**, Psychology (Introductory, Abnormal, and/or Developmental), and Statistics.
- *The biochemistry prerequisite course must be an individual course (not combined with another chemistry or biology course) and should cover structure, conformation, and properties of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and membranes; enzyme mechanisms, kinetics, and regulation; intermediary metabolism; energetics and metabolic control; electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation. You can find a list of courses that fulfill this prerequisite here.
- **The genetics prerequisite course must be completed within the last eight (8) years.
- The following introductory courses are strongly recommended (not required): Embryology and Anatomy.
- CLEP courses are not acceptable prerequisites.
- All prerequisites must be completed or in progress at the time of submission of your application. If in progress, please send documentation of course progress to date.
4. Exposure to the Genetic Counseling Profession
- Exposure to the genetic counseling profession is required. These exposures may be obtained in a number of ways and a variety of encounters is encouraged.
- Examples include, but are not limited to: shadowing a genetic counselor in multiple specialties and settings (highly recommended); working as a genetic counseling assistant; interviewing and/or meeting with genetic counselors in multiple settings or specialties; volunteering in a genetic counselor office or clinic; reviewing the National Society of Genetic Counselors website (nsgc.org) including reading the genetic counseling literature and publications, viewing the Master Genetic Counselor videos; attending genetic counselor conferences or career camps; etc.
- Please document genetic counseling exposures in detail on your resume/CV. We recommend including the number of hours shadowing, volunteering in a clinical setting, working with genetic counselors, etc.
- Demonstration of a strong commitment to advocacy is required. The advocacy experience(s) should demonstrate that the applicant was provided sufficient opportunity to work in a responsible, one-on-one (in person or by telephone) relationship with a diverse population of individuals seeking information, resources, guidance, counseling, or other support services made available through the sponsoring agency.
- The applicant should receive ongoing supervision and training through this experience, which may be achieved through a volunteer or paid position.
- Advocacy may include counseling experiences such as work on a pregnancy/reproductive counseling services, crisis hot-line, disabilities agency, domestic violence program, etc.
6. Official GRE score report
- Verbal, Analytical, and Quantitative scores are required.
- Individual scores are self-reported on your online application, but official scores must be sent to the University of Utah (institution code: 4853; department code 0210).
- Individual scores above the 50th percentile are considered competitive.
- Scores must be less than 5 years old at the time of application.
- The GRE requirement can be waived for applicants with a previous master’s or doctoral degree.
7. On-site Interview
- Once your completed application is received, you may be invited to visit our campus for an interview with members from our faculty and staff. The interview helps assess your skills and motivation and allows for additional character insight as part of the admissions process
Undergraduate GPA Below 3.0
The University of Utah requires a GPA of 3.0 or above for incoming graduate students. If a GPA is below a 3.0, the UUGPGC may appeal for an exception to the University of Utah on behalf of the applicant. These applicants are strongly encouraged to address their low GPA’s in their application and submit an academic letter of recommendation.
In addition to the requirements outlined above, international students are required to provide further information for the University of Utah Graduate Admissions Application. Additional requirement include:
- A minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (550 pBT) or better, or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 or better. (Minimum score requirements are subject to change). The official TOEFL score must be sent to the University of Utah Department of Human Genetics (institution code 4853, department code 06) and must not be over two years old at the time of admission.
- Applicants with an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. are not required to take the TOEFL unless they have been out of the country for 2 years following graduation.
- For updated international admissions information, please visit the University of Utah International Admissions page at https://admissions.utah.edu/international/graduate/index.php