The average GPA for matriculating students is 3.5. However, we take a holistic view of the applicant's complete file in determining admission, which means we look at everything the applicant has submitted. A high GPA will not automatically lead to admission, and neither will low scores automatically lead to a denial.
The Personal Statement is extremely important and applicants should pay specific attention to how they present themselves in it.
Consider whether your personal statement is grammatically sound, and whether it provides a clear picture as to who you are. Applicants should emphasize those experiences which have directly caused them to become aware of and knowledgeable about the genetic counseling profession. Genetic counselors are highly motivated and hardworking individuals, so the Admissions Committee looks for applicants who demonstrate initiative, self-direction, excellent communication skills and who have "gone the extra mile" to show their passion for becoming a genetic counselor.
Please note: If COVID-19 has interfered with your ability to shadow or participate in advocacy experiences, please note these in your personal statement and how you have reworked your efforts to learn about genetic counseling.
Letters of recommendation should be written by individuals who can provide an accurate picture of your academic capabilities, your communication skills (both written and spoken) and your potential to successfully engage in graduate education.
At least two referees should be faculty from your past institutions. Other excellent referee sources include genetic counselors you have shadowed and supervisors of internships or advocacy experiences which you have had. Recommendation letters from friends or family members are discouraged.
Please note: while CWRU provides an online recommendation form for referees to complete, your referee should also provide a personal letter to accompany the form.
While the number of applications received by the program varies from year to year, in general we receive approximately 100+ applications each year. At this time, the program is able to accept 8 students per year.
December 15th of each year is the application deadline. It is important that all required materials such unofficial transcripts from all institutions in which you have completed coursework and letters of reference be submitted by the application deadline if you wish to have your application reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
If you will be taking a prerequisite course or courses in the upcoming semester that will not be reflected on your current transcripts, please let us know in your personal statement (or resume) which course or courses you will be taking to meet the prerequisites.
The program only admits one class per year, which matriculates in the fall semester. Because of the intensive nature of the program, all students must be full time. We are unable to accommodate part-time students.