Applications for the 2023 Admissions Cycle will open September 1, 2022 and close December 4, 2022.

Requirements for Admission

  • Students must have completed an undergraduate degree (B.S./B.A. or the equivalent for international students) by the time of enrollment
  • Undergraduate GPA at least 3.0
  • Undergraduate coursework in:
    • Genetics
    • Biochemistry
    • Statistics
    • Psychology
  • Exposure to the field of Genetic Counseling (e.g. shadowing or informational interviewing of Genetic Counselors)
  • Advocacy and/or counseling experience is highly recommended. Examples of applicable experiences include but are not limited to:
    • In-person, phone, and/or text crisis counseling
    • Patient counseling/advocacy work at community or health organizations (e.g. Planned Parenthood, domestic violence center, etc.)
    • Working with individuals or families affected with genetic conditions or disabilities (e.g. Special Olympics, ARC, etc.)
  • Volunteer experience also favored
  • GRE scores not required and will not be reviewed
International Students: English Proficiency Test Requirement

The English proficiency testing requirement may be waived for applicants who meet any of the below criteria:

  • Is a citizen of Australia, Cameroon, Commonwealth Caribbean nations, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe.
  • Has completed a minimum of three years of documented study in a university-level academic program in the United States or one of the countries listed above.
  • Has completed a minimum of three years of documented study in an English-medium academic program in Canada, Hong Kong, or South Africa.

Based on the evaluation of your application package, we retain the right to require English testing upon arrival and you may be required to take additional English classes. If you are recommended to take English classes, the cost of the courses will be your responsibility.

International Students: Transcript Credentialing

For students whose secondary education was obtained outside of the U.S., transcript evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

International Students: Visa Updates

International students admitted to the Program in Genetic Counseling at Washington University School of Medicine are eligible for an F-1 visa. The admission decision at the Program in Genetic Counseling Washington University School of Medicine is based on academic and personal merit and on the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match process as administered by National Matching Services, Inc. Admissions are not based on the ability of the student to pay the costs of education. However, individuals who are not citizens of the United States of America or who do not hold U.S. Permanent Resident Visa status are not eligible for financial aid due, in part, to regulations covering most programs used by the School to fund financial assistance. Therefore, in order for the School to complete the required documents, which are necessary for issuance of a Visa, the student must document, by a date and in a manner designated by the School, that the necessary amount of funds, as established by the School, is available to pay the costs of education (tuition and living expenses) for the anticipated period of enrollment (2 years). Documentation of the required amount of financial resources may be done via this form: https://students.wustl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/DCOF-2yrProgram.pdf. This document is not required at the time of application submission but will be requested from any international applicants offered an interview and it must be supplied in advance of the Match Rank Order List submission deadline.

For more information about international admissions, please contact the Office for International Students and Scholars: https://students.wustl.edu/international-students-scholars/.

Application Instructions

Students will first need to register with the Genetic Counseling (GC) Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS). Students will not be able to advance through the Program’s application nor submit it without supplying their NMS Match ID number.

Program application fees are $25.

NMS Fee Waiver Information

The Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors has established a waiver for the $100 fee associated with the NMS Match. Prospective students who demonstrate financial need AND have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater can apply for a match fee waiver. Prospective students should apply for a fee waiver BEFORE registering for an NMS number.

Applications for the match fee waiver are due by October 5, 2022. Applicants will be notified on October 26, 2022 as to whether they have received a waiver. There are a limited number of waivers, so not all applicants will receive a waiver. Instructions for how to register for the NMS match will be provided to those who receive a waiver.

Waivers are non-transferable to future match cycles or other prospective students. Prospective students who are applying for a match fee waiver will be required to write a short essay and to upload at least one of the following documents demonstrating financial need:

  1. A copy of a letter verifying unemployment benefits received within the past two years.
  2. A copy of a letter on official letterhead from a government agency verifying that you or your family have qualified for public assistance based on low income criteria anytime within the past 5 years
  3. A copy of your financial aid award letter from another / previous institution dated within 5 the past years
  4. A copy of your approved GRE fee waiver (for tests taken within 5 years of the application deadline)
  5. A copy of your federal Student Aid Report (SAR) that verifies you qualified for financial aid within the past 5 years based on a family contribution* of:
    • Not more than $1,500 if the student is a dependent student
    • Not more than $1,900 if the student is an independent student
Program Application Fee Waiver Information

A limited number of fee waivers are available on a first come, first serve basis. Fee waivers are available for:

  • Washington University undergraduates
  • Participants in Washington University summer bioscience research programs
  • Applicants with financial need

Fee waivers are also granted to applicants from the following programs: MARC, McNair, RISE, IMSD, INRO, LSAMP, BP-ENDURE, PREP, BUILD, PPIA, DACA students, IRT-Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, Target Hope, Fulbright Scholars, AmeriCorps, Vista/Peace Corps, Teach for America, Gates Millennium Scholars, Mellon Mays Graduate Initiative, Ron Brown Scholars, Vietnam Education Foundation.

If you think you qualify for a fee waiver, please contact us at geneticcounseling@wustl.edu. Please share in the email your reason for qualifying for the fee waiver.

Applicants are required to do the following:

  • Upload an unofficial copy of their transcript. Students will also be asked to indicate which prerequisite course(s) they have taken or will have completed prior to matriculation into our program. As part of the application, transcripts will be used to verify completion of prerequisites.
  • Submit three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a personal statement and a copy of their resume or curriculum vitae (CV). See below for instructions on what to include and how to format both documents.

Personal Statement

One of the most important pieces of the application process to our program is your personal statement. While your transcripts and the experiences outlined in your resume or CV tell us some things about who you are, your personal statement is the place for you to stand apart from other applicants. Your personal statement should not just repeat a list of courses taken and volunteer experiences but should help us really understand why you want to attend our program. This is also an opportunity for you to address any weaknesses or gaps in your application. For example, if you went through a difficult time and your grades suffered, you can explain that in this statement. Please address the following prompts in your response:

  • How would you describe the profession of genetic counseling?
  • What experience(s) in your life have influenced your decision to become a genetic counselor?
  • What about our program particularly interests you?
  • What are some of your unique attributes that will help you excel as a genetic counselor?
  • How do you envision your future career as a genetic counselor?

The Personal Statement should be no longer than three pages, double spaced, 12-point font.

Resume/CV

Please upload a PDF of your current resume or curriculum vitae (CV). In addition to listing all degrees, certificate training, and employment beyond the high school level, we ask that you include the following types of experiences if you have them:

  • Genetic counseling exposure (e.g., shadowing experiences, informational interviews)
  • Advocacy, counseling, and/or crisis intervention experience
  • Other volunteer experience
  • Teaching or tutoring experience
  • Research experience and scientific publications

Please note, we do not require that you have experiences for each of these headings and we do not anticipate that applicants will have all types of experiences listed above.

Want to contact us directly?

Contact our Program Coordinator Elizabeth Yoder by calling us at 314-273-8552 or emailing us at geneticcounseling@wustl.edu.

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