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Genetic Counseling Program

Founded in 1989, The University of Texas Genetic Counseling Program (UTGCP) offers a challenging and unique program in genetic counseling administered through the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in association with the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics at the McGovern Medical School.

Genetic Counseling Program Overview

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The UTGCP is a two-year specialized Master of Science training program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (current full accreditation 2022-2030) whose vision is to be the leader in the education of genetic counseling students who support and advance genetics in healthcare. The UTGCP excels in the training of versatile genetic counselors by facilitating competency-based learning, supporting personalized growth and immersing students in the depth and breadth of genetic counseling practice.  The first time board pass rate over the previous 3 years is 90%. As of 2020, about 5,000 certified genetic counselors work in the U.S., according to the National Society of Genetic Counselors; an increase of 75% since 2006, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the field will grow 29% by 2024. To learn more about this exciting career, visit


“I would attend the UTGCP again because the quality of education you receive, especially compared to the cost, is unmatched. Even four years out, the program still supports me by filling out licensure-related documents, and by helping me expand my professional network. In fact, I credit the UTGCP for the connections that landed my current GC role. The program faculty are constantly changing and adapting to student and alumni needs. I have always been deeply impressed at how quickly they respond to feedback in order to continuously improve the program. You’re in good hands here!”  - Ellen Jarret, MS, CGC, UTGCP Class of 2017

“What I enjoyed most about the UTGCP was the ability to complete my core rotations AND focus on my area of interest, which happened to be outside of those core rotations (lab). The program supported me in my endeavors to get as much lab experience as possible, which helped my land my dream job. I would recommend the program to others because the program allows for well-rounded GC training with the ability to tailor your experiences to meet your personal interests.” - Emily Thoreson, MS, CGC, UTGCP Class of 2019

“The UTGCP Cancer Rotation at MD Anderson Cancer Center well prepared me to be a cancer counselor because of the high quality of unique, interesting cases I was able to participate in. Seeing patients who travel to MDA from all over the world allows students to practice counseling complex cancer indications so they feel confident to take charge as independent GCs after graduation. I would recommend this program to others who are looking for a high quality, balanced psychosocial training program to learn the skills to best be able to support their future patients.”  -Sarah Burke, MS, CGC, UTGCP Class of 2020

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Meagan Choates, MS, CGC
Coordinator of Recruitment and Outreach

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