If You Are Interested In Becoming A Genetic Counselor

Genetic counseling is a rapidly growing, in-demand field. In order to become a Certified Genetic Counselor by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC), one must obtain a Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from a program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC).  There are currently over 40 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada with master's degree programs in genetic counseling. Some programs are now offering the option of joint doctorate degrees and masters in genetic counseling.  Be sure to investigate all of your options.

For more information about admission requirements and Genetic Counseling graduate programs, visit NSGC's Genetic Counseling Training page. You can also find information on both the ABGC and ACGC websites.


NEW FOR 2022: Alliance of five genetic counseling programs, including the University of Pennsylvania, are collaborating to increase diversity and inclusion with student scholarships,
post-graduate training, and career advancements for genetic counselors in underrepresented populations.

Interested applicants for Penn can visit for more information. Application deadlines are as follows: Penn Medicine (Jan. 5, 2022), Boston University School of Medicine (Dec. 15, 2021), Rutgers University (Dec. 18, 2021) Sarah Lawrence College (Dec. 17, 2021), and the University of Maryland School of Medicine (Jan. 10, 2022).

Ten students will be selected yearly to receive full tuition support and a cost of living stipend.

If you are a student pursuing a master’s degree in genetic counseling

PAGC  occasionally likes to feature students from different programs in Pennsylvania. Additionally, in the past we have offered essay contests where an essay prompt is provided.  Winning essays get featured in our PAGC newsletter. We will make graduate programs aware of these offerings as they become available. Please send an email to with any questions.

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Bev's Gift

In an effort to further the education and professional development of the membership of PAGC, the Beverly Tenenholz Memorial Scholarship (BTMS) provides scholarships to genetic counselors, genetic counseling students, and prospective genetic counselors.