Admission Requirements

Application Deadline: January 15.

Prerequisite Coursework
The following coursework must be completed or in progress at the time of application to the program:

Biology (one full year freshman level course sequence)
Chemistry (one full year freshman level course sequence)
Biochemistry (one upper level semester course)
Genetics (one semester course to include Mendelian and molecular genetics)
General Psychology (one semester)
Statistics (one semester)

**Another Statistics (applicable toward a degree) may be substituted by the GC program director.

Students must have a BA or BS degree, meet all graduate school requirements and be accepted to the graduate program. (

Admission to the program will be dependent on successful completion of all prerequisite coursework.

Work or Volunteer Experience
Paid or volunteer experience in a crisis counseling setting, peer counseling setting, with individuals with genetic conditions or disabilities, technical work in genetics laboratories or teaching experience in biology or genetics are recommended and encouraged in preparation for entering the genetic counseling field.  It is also strongly recommended for applicants to speak with or met with a genetic counselor and/or observe clinical genetic counseling activities to gather details about the profession. 

“In addition to the program specific admissions requirements listed above, admissions requirements also include:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college/university
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores from the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytic sections. Applicants with advanced degrees whose GRE scores are older than 5 years (the time limit that ETS will send scores) can send reports from previously attended graduate programs.
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (A = 4.0)
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in natural science courses
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the program prerequisite courses, with a minimum grade of C in each
  • Interview with faculty
  • Satisfactory screening on health data questionnaire by the UAB Medical Center Student Health Service.

Degree Requirements: The graduate program in genetic counseling will follow the Plan II (non-thesis) option.

Academic Common Market: Alabama and UAB’s genetic counseling training program participate in the Academic Common Market.  If you are a student in another state in the Southeast and your state participates in this program, you may be eligible to attend our program for in-state tuition.  Click on the link or talk to the program director for more information.

Application Procedure

All prospective students must meet the UAB Graduate School admissions requirements, and must apply for admission through the Graduate School (UAB Graduate School On-line Application). 

The UAB Graduate School On-Line Application requires the following items, which you need to give consideration to before completing the on-line application:

  • Personal Statement  - A statement that highlights your motivation to become a genetic counselor, and emphasizes your prior and current experiences and how they will benefit you in the profession. (No more than 500 words.)
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • A two page resume or CV.  - This should account for a description and timeline of any paid or volunteer work experience in a crisis counseling or peer counseling setting, working with individuals with genetic conditions or disabilities, technical work in laboratories, or teaching experience.

Assistantships and Scholarships The UAB Genetic Counseling program does offer graduate assistantships to select students to help offset tuition or provide in-state tuition. Select scholarships are also available through the School of Health Professions based on student need, for minorities, and for some otherwise qualified students.  Additional information on non-UAB scholarship opportunities can be found here.  Some students have had luck with the Perkins student loan forgiveness programs as well. Availability of these change yearly, and should be discussed wirth the program director at interviews or when gathering information about our program. UAB's Financial Aid Office may also be able to answer additional questions regarding costs.

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