Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington Genetic Counseling Graduate Program!

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Admissions OVERVIEW


The application deadline is December 8, 2023

Thank you for your interest in the University of Washington Genetic Counseling Graduate Program (UW GCGP)! We are thrilled that you want to train with us. Please follow the links in each section for detailed information about our admissions process and requirements.


Date Activity
September 15, 2023 GCGP application opens!
December 8, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time Deadline for applications to the GCGP.
December 10, 2023 - January 31, 2024 Admissions committee reviews completed applications.
January 26, 2024 Select applicants are invited for a virtual interview.
February 5 - March 19, 2024 Virtual interviews with the GCGP.
April 9, 2024 Rank order lists are due to the NMS.
April 17, 2024 Match Day!
May 10, 2024 Deadline for matched applicants to confirm their offer letter.
May 17, 2024 Deadline for matched applicants to complete satisfactory background check.

The UW GCGP plans to matriculate 18 students in Autumn 2024


All applicants to the UW GCGP must meet the following minimum requirements:

Review the Eligibility page for details.


The UW GCGP has a rigorous curriculum delivered in an accelerated 18-month period. To support success at the UW GCGP, we require the following prerequisite coursework before starting our program.

●    One semester/quarter of Genetics, Biochemistry, Psychology, and Statistics
●    Two semesters/quarters of laboratory coursework

Review the Prerequisites page for details.

Recommended Coursework

We recommend, but don't require, a minimum of one quarter or semester in the following subjects:

Human Anatomy BIOL 310 or the equivalent
Developmental Psychology PSYCH 206 or the equivalent
Molecular Cell Biology BIOL 355 or the equivalent

Recommended Experience

Highly competitive applicants will have personal experience in at least one setting that emphasizes skills applicable to genetic counseling. Some examples of relevant experiences include:

  • Volunteering or working in a health care setting
  • Volunteering or working with individuals with special needs
  • Teaching, tutoring, mentoring or counseling experience
  • Advocacy experience
  • Shadowing a genetic counselor
  • Research experience

Application Steps

Step 1: Read

Take time to thoroughly read our application instructions, the pages linked in our admissions menu, and our FAQs. Please print out this admissions checklist to help yourself stay on track.

Step 2: Prepare

Step 3: Apply

  • When you're ready, apply online here. You do not need to finish your application in one sitting. You can save it and come back.
  • Pay the nonrefundable application fee of $90* and submit your application by 11:59 PM PT on December 8, 2023.

* If you need a fee waiver, you can apply for it within the application.


We do not review late or incomplete applications. This includes applications that are missing one or more letters of recommendation. 


If you have questions or need assistance with your application, contact us. We're here to help.