Admission requirements are those required by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. All applicants must take the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Scores are valid from the preceding 5 years. A Subject Test of the GRE is not required. A GPA of 3.0 or greater is required. Successful applicants generally have a GPA of 3.5 or better and GRE scores above 50%. However, the UT GCP considers the entire application when selecting applicants to interview.
The following is strongly recommended:
- Client advocacy experience (crisis counseling/Planned Parenthood)
- Volunteer experience
- Genetic counseling internship/shadowing/exposure
- Undergraduate or graduate coursework in:
An interview in Houston is required for admission to this Program.
Applicants must also register for the electronic genetic counseling match with National Matching Service prior to the interview process. The UTGCP is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match (GCAM) through National Matching Service (NMS). The GCAM was established to enhance the process of placing applicants into open positions in accredited genetic counseling programs. The Match uses a process that takes into account both applicants’ and programs’ placement preferences. All applicants taking part in the 2019 admissions cycle must first register for the Match with NMS before applying as usual to participating genetic counseling graduate programs. Once admissions interviews are complete, both applicants and programs will submit ranked lists of preferred placements to NMS, making sure to adhere to established deadlines. NMS will then run a computerized matching algorithm to determine placements. The Match results will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April. The results of the Match are binding. Applicants will be asked for their NMS identifier number on the application. When students who have interviewed are ranking the UTGCP, our Program identifier code is 13610 for the scholarship track and 13612 for full tuition track. Additional information will be distributed at the in person interviews.
For more details, questions, or to watch on video on how the matching algorithm works, please visit the GC Admissions Match website at https://natmatch.com/gcadmissions.
Applicants selected for interview will be notified in late February. The GSBS catalog is available online at the GSBS website. All application materials for the fall semester must be submitted by January 4 of that year (i.e., January 4, 2019, for Fall 2019 semester). The four main criteria in consideration for admission to the Program are, in no particular order, volunteer and genetic counseling related experience, the interview, cumulative undergraduate grade point average, and GRE scores. Please discuss relevant shadowing, volunteer, or advocacy work in your personal statement. The goal of the UT GCP is to admit a class of approximately 10 students per year.
To submit an online application, please visit the Application for Admission. Make certain to read the instructions and note the special requirements for the genetic counseling program (the addition of three letters of recommendation and personal statement to the online application). For your information, the GRE code for UT Houston is 6907.
The Jacqueline T. Hecht Founding Director Scholarships and James T. and Nancy Beamer Willerson scholarships are competitive scholarships offered annually to three incoming students based on academic achievement. These scholarships qualify students for in-state tuition rates regardless of their residency status, thereby reducing the cost for students to $10,070 over the two year program.* The scholarships are renewed in the second year of study for students in good standing. In addition, each year there is up to one Diversity Scholarship awarded to an incoming student that also qualifies the student for in-state tuition. To be eligible for consideration for the Diversity Scholarship, an applicant must self-identify as Hispanic, Black/African-American, Asian, Native American/Pacific Islander, or male in the online application to the program.
Second year students are eligible to apply for the Barbara L. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, a need and academic-based scholarship. The scholarship award is $1,000 and qualifies the recipient for in-state residency status if the student is not already classified as such.
The total cost for students paying out of state tuition over the two years is approximately $30,000 in tuition and fees.
*Tuition and fee rates are subject to change. Refer to the Office of Registrar's Website for
Another path to in-state tuition rates is the program’s participation in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Academic Common Market (ACM). Students whose home state participates in the SREB ACM and do not have a genetic counseling program in their home state at a public university may apply to receive in-state tuition at UT through the program. Participating states include: Delaware, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky and West Virginia. Please visit http://home.sreb.org/acm/states.aspx for more information.
Financial aid is offered to students through the UTHealth Office of Student Financial Aid. It is strongly recommended that applications for financial aid be submitted by March 1 of the year for which you are applying. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis, as determined by the date the application is complete. To ensure that funds are ready by the first day of class, applications must be completed no later than six weeks prior to the first day of class.
Students may submit application materials for financial aid prior to receipt of offer of admission. Application materials may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Aid, UT -Houston, P.O. Box 20036, Houston, Texas 77225.