What will I learn?

The MS in Genetic Counseling program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and proficiencies necessary to practice as genetic counselors in a variety of settings including prenatal, pediatric, adult, and cancer genetics. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC).

A total of 58 semester hours are required for the MS in Genetic Counseling. The program includes required and elective course work, laboratory experience and clinical internships. Students are also required to complete a research project as the culminating experience for the degree.

Fall Semester (12 credit hours)

  • BIO 614 – Prenatal Development: Human Embryology & Teratology (3)
  • GEN 601 – Principles of Genetic Counseling I (3)
  • GEN 610 – Genetic Counseling in the Community (2)
  • GEN 618 – Psychosocial Seminar (1)
  • GEN 658 – Molecular Diagnostics (2)
  • GEN 688 – Journal Club (1)

Spring Semester (15 credit hours)

  • GEN 602 – Principles of Genetic Counseling II (3)
  • GEN 630 – Medical and Clinical Genetics (3)
  • GEN 618 – Psychosocial Seminar (1)
  • GEN 648 – Capstone Seminar (1)
  • GEN 688 – Journal Club (1)
  • CSD 632 – Research Methods (3)

Which department am I in?

School of Health and Human Sciences

Study options

Full Time (62-64 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$18,938.00 (14,08,404) per year
Start date

17 August 2021


School of Health and Human Sciences

1400 Spring Garden Street,


North Carolina,

27412, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

All applicants must have obtained the following: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or appropriately-evaluated credentials for non-U.S. schools; satisfactory academic standing as an undergraduate or in a post-baccalaureate program.

For international students

Applicants must have

  • Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale
  • Successful completion of the following undergraduate courses: General genetics (upper level course); Biochemistry (upper level course, requiring one semester of organic chemistry as a prerequisite); Statistics.

English Language Proficiency: TOEFL: internet based - 79, or paper based - 550. A score of at least 6.5 is required on the IELTS.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.