Genetic Counseling

School of Health and Human Sciences

The MS in Genetic Counseling comprises a full-time 21 month program, through two academic years and the intervening summer.  A total of 58 credit hours are required for graduation. These include a combination of course work, laboratory experience and clinical rotations.

Students_CasualThroughout the program students experience interdisciplinary faculty and guest lecturers, strong mentoring/advising and professional development opportunities, a variety of laboratory experiences, varied clinical rotations, and significant experience with cooperative and shared learning.

Additional student experiences include graduate student workshops, first year observational experiences, optional summer experiences in non-traditional genetic counseling roles, and exposure to the North Carolina Medical Genetics Association and the National Society of Genetic Counseling.

Students are also required to complete a research Capstone Project as the culminating experience for the degree. This project may be a case study, library synthesis, community public health application or original research.



The U.S. Department of Education requires that all higher education institutions advise students as to whether their curriculum provides them with the eligibility to apply for a professional license and/or certification in the state for which they plan to practice. 

As such, please review UNC Greensboro’s status by state for the MS Genetic Counseling program. You should note whether the program either “meets,” “does not meet,” or if there “has not been a determination” of the program’s status in the state for which you plan to practice. It is important to note that not all states have genetic counseling licensure at this time. For states with licensure, the primary requirement is graduation from an accredited program and subsequent passing of the board exam. You should contact the program director ( with any questions regarding this data.