Frequently Asked Questions

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I'm thinking about getting a master's in genetic counseling. How can I learn more about your program?
Watch our latest info session first to learn about the UW GCGP and what makes us different from other genetic counseling training programs. Then, if you have more questions after watching this recording, contact us.

I want to apply to the GCGP this year. Can you give me some application tips?
Yes! Watch our application info session first to learn how to craft a strong and effective application for the GCGP. Then, if you have more questions after watching this recording, contact us.

Do you require applicants take the GRE?
No, we do not require GRE scores for applicants. Please do not send us your GRE score.

Do you accept applications from international students?
Yes! We welcome applications from students all over the globe.

How will I know if the GCGP plans to rank me?
Applications to the UW GCGP undergo a rigorous review process before advancing to the interview phase. Applicants who are invited to interview with us are the strongest applicants for a given cycle, and our intent is to rank every applicant that interviews with us who we feel can successfully complete our curriculum and who will be of benefit to their cohort and the GCGP.

If I am accepted to the GCGP, can I defer my enrollment?
No. Due to the high demand for training slots in genetic counseling programs and restrictions of the match process, we do not grant deferrals.


Do I have to have a car to travel to fieldwork sites?
Not necessarily. Many of your fieldwork sites are located within the city of Seattle and are accessible by public transportation and/or shuttle services. The Director of Fieldwork Education can help you with any transportation issues.

Does my summer fieldwork rotation have to be completed in the Seattle area, or can I go somewhere else?
You’re not required to complete your summer rotation in Seattle. If you’d like to do your summer rotation elsewhere, you’ll need to meet with the Director of Fieldwork Education as early as possible to discuss the logistics of your desired rotation. There may be additional requirements to make these rotations feasible.

Student Life

Can I work while enrolled in the UW Genetic Counseling Graduate Program?
The accelerated pace and workload of the UW GCGP are very demanding, so we do not recommend trying to work while you’re in the program. You’ll be taking classes full time during your first three quarters. You'll also have fieldwork assignments during regular business hours for four quarters.

Can I get university housing as a GCGP student?
Yes. The UW has housing options for graduate students.