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Prospective Students

Application Requirements

The application deadline for the MGC Program is January 8, 2020.

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
  • 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. 

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.

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