Admission requirements generally follow those set by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. However, a few items to note specific to the UTGCP:
- A GPA of 3.0 or greater is strongly recommended. Successful applicants generally have a GPA of 3.5 or better.
- GRE scores are NOT required. Applicants may list their GRE scores on their Curriculum Vitae (CV) if desired.
- A research statement is NOT required. Applicants should list research experience on their CV.
- Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with the initial application. Official transcripts will be requested from those applicants selected for an interview.
- All essays must total a maximum of one page in length single spaced with 11 or 12 point font. If using 1.5 or double spacing, the overall length when condensed should not exceed one single spaced page. Please use your best discretion for all other parameters.
- The program does not review specific course work descriptions in advance of submission of an application. Applicants may list relevant coursework with brief clarifiers on their CV if necessary.
The following is strongly recommended (the admissions committee is aware that the ability to obtain some experiences will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic):
- Client advocacy experience (crisis counseling/Planned Parenthood)
- Volunteer experience
- Genetic counseling internship/shadowing/exposure
- Undergraduate or graduate coursework in:
The UT GCP considers the entire application when selecting applicants to interview. A subset of applicants are selected for an interview. While interviews typically occur on site in Houston in March and April, interviews in the Spring of 2021 will be virtual. An optional in person visitation event may be planned in early April depending on the state of the pandemic in the spring
- March 3rd
- March 8th
- March 24th
- March 30th
- April 8th
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 2021 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 during 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 December 15 of the previous year (i.e., December 15, 2020 for Fall 2021 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, and cumulative undergraduate grade point average. 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 https://gsbs.uth.edu/admissions/requirements.htm. 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). Applicants may request a waiver of the application fee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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, submit a Diversity essay 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 Information: https://www.uth.edu/registrar/current-students/registration/tuition-fee-schedule.htm
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.
Calling all 2020 and 2021 genetic counseling applicants:
Do you consider yourself to be underrepresented in the genetic counseling field?
Please consider taking an anonymous survey to identify applications barriers faced by underrepresented* applicants! This research study hopes to bring attention to the barriers underrepresented applicants face so that the genetic counseling community can begin to address them.
To participate, visit this link: tinyurl.com/underrepresentedGC
*underrepresented includes but is not limited to age, ability status/disability, citizenship status/natural origin, education background, English as a second language, first-generation college student, gender expression, medical condition, multicultural background, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and veteran status.