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Master's degree program applicants may submit only one application per admissions year but may request to transfer an application to a different program at any point in the application process.


Applicants must have earned a U.S. baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a college, university, or technical school of acceptable standing. Students in their final year of undergraduate study may be admitted on the condition that their bachelor's degrees are awarded before they matriculate. Evidence of the earned degree is required prior to matriculation in the form of an official transcript noting degree conferral.

Application Requirements for the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling (MSGC) program

Before applying to the MSGC program, applicants must first register with the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS): GC Admissions Match ( NMS provides each applicant with a unique Code Number for the upcoming Match. The Admissions Match was established to enhance the placement of applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). Match fee waivers are available for individuals demonstrating financial need. As there are a limited number of waivers, not all applicants will receive a fee waiver. Further information about the waiver can be found at:

Applicants must also submit their applications online directly to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry through the following link:

There is a $60 application fee. When submitting this application, applicants are required to provide their unique NMS Code Number.

It is expected that all application materials (with the exception of official score reports) be scanned and uploaded to your online application. Please note that the University of Rochester reserves the right to verify the accuracy of all transcripts and test scores, and to require submission of official documentation at any point in the admissions review process.

MSGC program admission requirements include:

  • Baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited institution
  • Prerequisite courses including minimum of one semester each of:
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Genetics
    • Organic chemistry
    • Psychology
    • Statistics
  • Official transcript
  • GPA of 3.0 or above is strongly recommended
  • Exposure to genetic counseling profession (e.g., shadowing, interviews, internships)
  • Personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide official scores that are within 2 years of the original test date. Official TOEFL (SMD school code: 2948) or IELTS Scores. The following test types are acceptable:
  • Personal interview

MSGC Program Application Timeline

The Fall 2023 application will open September 1, 2022.*

For Admission to Fall Semester 2023:

  • September 1, 2022 - University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (URSMD) MSGC program application opens
  • By Date TBD (December 2022) - Deadline for applicants to register with NMS to receive their Match Code Numbers
  • By January 15, 2023 - Complete application due to URSMD
  • February 2023 - Applicants are notified via email as to whether they are invited to interview
  • March and early April 2023 - Interviews conducted. TBD whether in-person and/or Zoom.
  • Date TBD (April 2023) - NMS rank order list deadline
  • Date TBD (April 2023) - Match day, with Match results released via email to applicants and programs
  • Date TBD (late April 2023) - Candidates who match to URSMD’s program will receive a commitment letter
  • Late August 2023 - Fall semester begins

Master's degree program applicants may submit only one application per admissions year but may request to transfer an application to a different program at any point in the application process.

Application Requirements by Program

*Note that deadlines and requirements vary by program. MSGC program deadlines vary from other URSMD graduate programs.

MSGC Program Tuition & Costs

The MSGC program provides a scholarship to all MSGC program students*, totaling a savings of over $30,000 per student for the full length of the program. This brings current total tuition cost for the entire 21-month program to approximately $87,000-$88,000.

*This scholarship does not apply to individuals utilizing University of Rochester employee tuition benefits, or for students receiving full scholarship through other means.

Other cost information includes:

  • Health insurance is required. The University Health Service (UHS) provides a full range of confidential, high quality primary health care services for full-time students. Full-time students participate in the Student Health Program, which covers primary care visits to UHS, time-limited therapy at the University Counseling Center (UCC), and health promotion services. UHS offers health insurance for individual full-time University of Rochester students and their spouses/domestic partners through AETNA. Full-time students are required to participate in this plan unless they complete the Health Insurance Selection Process indicating they are waiving the insurance plan because they have other insurance. Insurance for spouses/partners and families is available for a fee payable by the student. Full information from the UHS is available at:
  • The list of graduate tuition and fees are available at:
  • For students enrolled in a Master’s degree program, federal loans are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who qualify to help cover the costs of graduate study, including tuition and fees, and also allowance for living expenses and other types of expenses. Full information and application materials are available from the Financial Aid Office.
  • The MSGC program provides each student with a $600 stipend to attend the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) annual conference Fall of their second year.

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The Bursar’s Office

Financial Aid Office

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