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Prospective Students

COVID-19 Update

In response to the COVID restrictions and uncertainty of testing environments, the University of Maryland Master’s in Genetic Counseling Training Program WILL NOT require that GRE scores be submitted for the 2020-2021 application cycle. If you believe that your GRE scores enhance your overall application, you are welcome to submit them as supplementary material.

Given all the uncertainty and the financial burden the COVID-19 pandemic presents, we have decided to conduct all 2021 cycle interviews virtually. This will eliminate the potential for undue bias, either positive or negative, toward an applicant based on the format of the interview, will eliminate uncertainty regarding quarantining and travel restrictions, and will reduce interview-related financial costs. We will work to keep these interview experiences meaningful and interactive so that applicants will be able to engage with students, faculty and staff from our institution.

In addition, program interviews will take place on the following dates:

Friday, February 26, 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021
Friday, March 5, 2021
Monday, March 8, 2021
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Application Requirements

The application deadline for the MGC Program is January 8, 2021.

All Applicants MUST Submit the Following:

  • Completed application
  • 3 letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your academic and potential genetic counseling abilities
  • Application payment – please note that applications will not be processed until payment is received.
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended.
  • Resume/CV
  • (Optional) GRE scores (Institution code: 5848/Department code: 0210)
    • GRE scores must be sent directly to the MGC Program from the Educational Testing Service
    • GRE scores may be no older than five years prior to application
  • Career statement - there are several essay prompts to incorporate into your essay. The career statement is an important part of your application. It should reflect planning for your future as well as writing and composition skills. It is recommended that you write your statement using a word processing software, prior to copying it into the online application.
    In your statement please include the following:
    1. Describe the experience or knowledge that led you to pursue the Master's in Genetic Counseling (MGC) Program.
    2. Describe the essential personal skills you will bring to the MGC Program that will enable you to become an independent and effective practitioner in today’s health care arena. Explain how your personal and professional goals relate to your vision of the future of genetic counseling.
    3. Tell us why you have elected to pursue the MGC Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
  • The University of Maryland Genetic Counseling Program is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS) beginning with admissions for Fall 2019.  The GC Admissions Match has been established to enhance the process of placing applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The Match uses a process that takes into account both applicants’ and programs’ preferences.  All applicants must first register for the Match with NMS before applying to participating genetic counseling graduate programs. At the conclusion of all program interviews, both applicants and programs will submit ranked lists of preferred placements to NMS according to deadlines posted on the NMS website.  The binding results of the Match will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April.

Please visit the NMS website at ( to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works. 

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Graduates of the UMB School of Medicine Genetic Counseling program are eligible to take a national certification examination through the American Board of Genetic Counseling, a national accreditation agency. The University of Maryland School of Medicine Master’s in Genetic Counseling program satisfies the educational requirements for graduates to apply for the ABGC exam.

The UMB School of Medicine has not made a determination that the MGC program curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in any state.  Each licensing authority sets and enforces its own professional licensing standards. Every student should inquire directly to the licensing authority in the jurisdiction where the student plans to seek licensure in order to determine if there are mandatory requirements to be licensed or certified to practice. See American Board of Genetic Counseling for more information.

In-State and International Applicants

Maryland In-State Applicants

Applicants who wish to apply for Maryland In- State residency must complete the additional paperwork.

International Applicants

Please visit the International Applicants page on the University of Maryland Graduate School website for more information.

Submitting Applications

All application materials should be sent to:

MGC Program
University of Maryland School of Medicine
685 W. Baltimore St.
MSTF 3-014
Baltimore, MD 21201