Genetic Counseling

School of Health and Human Sciences

In addition to the general application materials, applicants to the MS Genetic Counseling Program must submit:

  1. Resume 
  2. Personal statement

Please see below for details about these requirements

Beginning with cycle for Fall 2018 enrollment, the MS Genetic Counseling Program is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services. Read more about the Match process.

 

Resume Instructions

Your resume for a graduate program in genetic counseling should contain information that highlights the experiences you have and the skills you have developed as they relate to your work as a graduate student or your future in the field of genetic counseling. The resume should be able to stand alone. Remember that the reviewer likely does not know you, or much about the experiences you have completed. Be sure to include enough detail that a reader can review your resume and have a general understanding of your experiences and skills, prior to reading your personal statement.

Your resume should include the following information:

Academic

  1.  List all undergraduate and graduate institutions. Include dates attended, year of graduation, degree earned, major, and GPA
  2. Required prerequisite coursework – indicate the name, course number and the grade you earned for all courses you completed to satisfy our prerequisite course requirements.  Include any prerequisite courses in which you are currently enrolled.

 

Do NOT list courses beyond the three (3) prerequisites. Utilize the space  in your resume to highlight experiences. We review all transcripts directly.

Additional Experience

We review five (5) broad categories of experiences in each application. For each of the following, provide a description of the experience including the dates, frequency and duration of your participation, as well as the skills you developed as a part of your experience.

  1. Genetic Counseling Exposure, including but not limited to genetic counseling shadowing experiences or internships
  2. Crisis counseling
  3. Advocacy
  4. Laboratory or other research experience
  5. Leadership roles/other relevant experiences

Relevant Employment

Please include any relevant employment experience including dates, duration and a brief description. Inclusion of all employment is not necessary. Only include employment where skills were developed that related to graduate school or the field of genetic counseling.

Awards, Honors

If you choose to include awards and honors, please include a description of the award or honor. 

Match

Please include your NMS Match ID number. Applicants must be registered for Match in order for the application to be reviewed.

 

Note: two (2) page resumes are absolutely acceptable. Resumes should have enough detail about the experiences you’ve completed and skills you’re developing that a person who does not know you can develop a solid understanding prior to reading your reflective essay.

 

Reflective Essay Instructions

Please submit a 2-3 page essay (limited to 1000-1500 words) to address the following:

  • Describe how your experiences (life, academic, volunteer and otherwise) have shaped your perspective through reflective process. How has this prepared you to enter graduate school and ultimately, the field of genetic counseling? 
  • What makes the Genetic Counseling program at UNC Greensboro a good fit for your academic and personal growth? 

Note:  You do not need to (and should not) simply repeat the information contained in your resume in your personal statement.  The focus should be on sharing your experience of your activities, as well as the insights and perspectives you gained.

 

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial application review. Official transcripts issued by the university are required and must be received prior to enrollment. 

If you are enrolled in classes during the application period, please upload a copy of your updated transcript with end-of-semester grades directly to Slate using the “Upload Materials” section in your application portal. Please also email a copy to gcinfo@uncg.edu.  This may be completed after the application deadline has passed once final grades become available.

 

Deadline

Please note that you may formally submit your application through the Slate system even if all of your materials are not yet available. Submitting your application notifies the Genetic Counseling program of your intent, and we may follow up on an individual basis regarding any outstanding components. You must submit your application by December 1 to be considered for enrollment the following year.

All application materials including transcripts, three letters of reference, GRE scores, resume and reflective essay must be received by January 1. Your application cannot be reviewed by the Admissions Committee if it is incomplete.

The Admissions Committee reviews applications shortly after the application deadline. A subset of the most qualified applicants will be invited to campus for a personal interview with the Admissions Committee. Applicants will receive notice by late January to let them know if they have been selected for an interview. In-person interviews are typically scheduled during February and March and are required for admission to the program. The class will be selected from among those applicants who are interviewed.  Applicants will be notified of final admission decisions on the universal admissions date selected by the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors.

  • Please direct questions about application/admission procedures to gcinfo@uncg.edu 
  • You may also call Marcia Griffin, our Administrative Support at 336-256-0175.