Application and Admission Information

How to Apply

Direct Application Process

To apply to the Genetic Counseling program, prospective students must directly apply through the School of Graduate Studies webpage.

The application must include:

  • CWRU online application form completed by the student.
  • Unofficial transcripts sent directly from all previous institutions attended (includes both degree and non-degree programs, regardless of the number of courses taken).
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the general exam (quantitative, verbal and writing). These scores must be from within the 5 years prior to application and sent directly from ETS. The GRE subject exam is not required. The GRE institutional code is 1105 and the department code is 0210 (there is no separate genetic counseling code). While the CWRU application form asks for your GRE scores; please include the percentile score as well.
  • TOEFL score for international applicants.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Current CV/Resume.
  • A $50.00 application fee (check or money order in US dollars payable to CWRU).

Application Deadline: December 15th each year.

Genetic Counseling Admissions Match

The Genetic Counseling Training Program at Case Western Reserve University is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS). 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 participate in 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 to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.

Please note: after you have registered with NMS, you will need to put your NMS ID number at the top of your CV/Resume and/or at the top of your personal statement, which will be included in the application for admission to CWRU.

Admissions Requirements

Fulfillment of the requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies at Case Western Reserve University must be met as well as those required by the Genetic Counseling Training Program. An applicant having graduated with excellent academic credentials (minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) from a fully accredited university or college. Complete credentials must be on file with the School of Graduate Studies.

Admission requirements are as follows:

  • Successful completion of the following prerequisite courses:
    • Biology: minimum of one year
    • Genetics: minimum of one semester
    • Biochemistry: minimum of one semester
    • Statistics: minimum of one semester
    • Psychology: minimum of one semester
    • Anatomy and/or Physiology are highly recommended
  • Results of Graduate Record Examination- Scores on the general examination: scores at the 60th percentile and above are considered competitive. 
  • Advocacy Experiences- Counseling experiences that are relevant to genetics, medical genetics and genetic counseling are highly recommended. Experiences such as counseling with a crisis hotline, a Planned Parenthood program, at peer/community counseling centers (paid or volunteer), working with individuals with disabilities and shadowing a genetic counselor are examples of experiences that highly desirable. Experience working in a DNA/molecular genetics/cytogenetic laboratory, or teaching assistant positions in biology or genetics courses are also very appropriate. The applicant should strive for experiences that provide for one-on-one interactions with others. Moreover, in the application personal statement, applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the field of genetic counseling, what led to choosing this field as a career and discuss how previous experiences have enriched his or her understanding of the profession of genetic counseling.
  • Interview- A personal interview is required. All interviews are by invitation only to assess maturity, written and oral communication skills, an awareness of the professional role of the genetic counselor and the genetic counseling profession.