Admissions

Application Deadline

January 15

Application Fee

The UAB application fee for domestic applicants and green card holders is $50. The UAB application fee for international applicants is $60.

There is an additional fee of $100 USD to register with National Matching Services (NMS) (see more information below), which facilitates admissions for all genetic counseling graduate programs in the United States. The NMS fee is only paid once (regardless of how many genetic counseling programs you apply to). UAB cannot consider applicants who are not registered with NMS. Domestic and international applicants must both register with NMS.

Instructions for completing the NMS application

National Matching Services Registration: The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS) beginning with admissions for Fall 2018. Before completing the UAB Graduate school application, please visit the NMS website at (https://natmatch.com/gcadmissions) to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works. Applicants will be asked to input their NMS registration number as part of the UAB Genetic Counseling Program online application. There is a fee of $100 USD to register for the Match. The registration fee is non-refundable, non-transferable and irrevocable.

Instructions for completing the UAB application

Applications are submitted online through the UAB Graduate School. All required Admissions documents must be sent to UAB Graduate School by January 15. Materials sent after this date will not be considered.

Official transcripts from each institution where college credit was received should be mailed to :

UAB Graduate School
LHL G03, 1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

They can also be submitted electronically by choosing University of Alabama at Birmingham- Graduate Admission or using the email gradschool@uab.edu

Example for Completing Application:

  1. Register with the National Matching Service and obtain your NMS registration number.
  2. Complete the UAB application
  • For which of the following are you applying? Master’s Degree
  • Intended program of study: Genetic Counseling
  • Concentration: Not Applicable – Selected program does not offer concentrations
  • Term: Fall 20XX

Application/Admissions/Prerequisite Requirements

Prerequisite Course Requirements:

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)
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.

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

Students must have a BA or BS degree and meet all UAB Graduate School requirements.

Application Requirements

  • NMS registration number.
  • 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
  • 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 two page resume or CV.  - This should account for a description and timeline of any paid or volunteer work experience in a crisis counselling or peer counselling setting, shadowing/internships, working with individuals with genetic conditions or disabilities, technical work in laboratories, or teaching 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 meet with a genetic counselor and/or observe clinical genetic counseling activities to gather details about the profession.

International Requirements

IELTS – 6.5
TOEFL – 80
PTEA – 53

  • Financial Affidavit of Support
  • Immigration documentation if currently residing in the US

Application Review Process

Applications are reviewed after the admissions deadline of January 15. Invitations to interview are sent via email in February.

Contact Information

CDS Admissions at Phone: 205-934-3209, Email: askcds@uab.edu

Additional Information

Tuition and Fees

Academic Common Market

UAB’s Genetic Counseling Program participates 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 this link or talk to the program director for more information.

Assistantships and Scholarships

The UAB Genetic Counseling Program does offer graduate assistantships to select students to help offset tuition or provide in-state tuition. Availability of assistantships changes yearly, and should be discussed with the program director at interviews. Select scholarships are also available through the School of Health Professions based on student need, for minorities, and for some otherwise qualified students. UAB's Financial Aid Office may also be able to answer additional questions regarding costs.

Essential Functions

In order to successfully complete the degree requirements for the Curriculum for the Master of Science (M.S.) in Genetic Counseling Program, students must complete the academic and clinical practice requirements of the program in preparation to practice as an entry-level genetic counselor(s).  As defined by the program’s accrediting body, the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, an entry-level genetic counselor may demonstrate mastery of a broad body of genetics knowledge, and develop skills in the following domains: Communication Skills; Critical-Thinking Skills; Interpersonal, Counseling and Psychosocial Assessment Skills; and Professional Ethics and Values.  Graduate training is a rigorous and intense training process that places specific requirements and demands on enrolled students.

The essential functions below extend beyond academic requirements for admission and are standards that all enrolled students must possess in order to successfully complete graduate training.

All genetic counseling students must meet the following requirements:

  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and members of the health care team.
  • Possess the mental capacity for critical thinking including the ability to assimilate, analyze, synthesize, and integrate concepts and to problem solve in a timely fashion.
  • Possess the emotional health and psychological stability required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment, prompt completion of all responsibilities and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and other members of the health care team.
  • Adapt to changing environments and function effectively under stress
  • Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency of all ABGC Practice Based Competencies.  ABGC Practice Based Competencies are available in the UAB GCP Student Handbook and online at www.ABGC.net.
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