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.
|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.|
|February - March 2024||Select applicants are invited for a virtual interview.|
|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:
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in any discipline
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- English language proficiency (non-native English speakers)
- Prerequisite coursework
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.
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|
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
Step 1: Read
Step 2: Prepare
- Register for the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match. Admission to all genetic counseling training programs in the United States and Canada happens through a match process administered by National Matching Services (NMS). You will need to include your Match Code Number in your application. NOTE: If you'd like a Match fee waiver, apply for that before registering for the Match.
- Get transcripts. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies from every college or university you've attended.
- Identify three people to write your letters of recommendation. Even though the system will allow you to list more than three people, we will only read three letters of recommendation.
- Draft and revise your admissions essays, relevant experiences/coursework list, and more.
- Provide proof of English language proficiency if English is not your native language.
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 $85* 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.