Genetic Counseling/Bioethics and Medical Humanities

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Master of Science/Master of Arts

About the Program

Discover ways to help families understand genetic predispositions by pursuing a dual master’s degree in genetic counseling and bioethics and medical humanities at Case Western Reserve University. Through customized coursework and clinical rotations, you’ll be able to develop a specialty and carve out a niche for yourself—while being supported by our passionate faculty and dedicated staff. During your 2.5 years here, you’ll have a personal advisor who will help set you up for a successful academic or professional career in a role such as a genetic counselor or hospital ethics consultant.

What to Expect

Once you’ve completed your first year in the genetic counseling program, you can apply for our dual-degree program. We’re selective, so you know your classmates take their studies as seriously as you do. You’ll take courses such as ethical issues in genetics/genomics, medical science and technology in society, and neuroethics, in addition to your clinical rotations. You’ll also determine a research project to pursue that focuses on genetic research or includes the ethical, legal, or social implications of genetic counseling practice, clinical genetics or genomics.

If you want to gain international experience, you can study abroad while taking bioethics and medical humanities courses. Students have gone on trips to Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, and many other locations to understand the intersection of culture and medical ethics.

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A Place for Success

As one of the top 10 medical communities in the U.S.—with Cleveland Clinic, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, MetroHealth Medical Center and University Hospitals—Cleveland is a great location to begin your career as a genetic counselor or hospital ethics consultant. Combine that with our low cost of living, impressive food scene, and abundance of culture, and you’ll quickly learn why people love living and studying in our city. 

Here, you can try cuisines from surrounding neighborhoods such as AsiaTown and Coventry. Take a walk around the nearby Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Or explore the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Cleveland Botanical Gardens (all within a short distance of CWRU). Plus, the university’s Dittrick Medical History Center is located right on campus.

By the Numbers


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hours of clinical rotations offered per semester shadowing ethicist-physicians


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study abroad options

Admission Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. Dual-degree applicants must apply to both the Bioethics and Medical Humanities MA and the Genetic Counseling MS programs. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

  • Online application, including a statement of purpose and personal statement
  • $50 fee for each application
  • Bachelor’s from an accredited institution (either already complete, or will be complete before you enroll)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Current resume/CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Test scores for GRE, MAT, MCAT, LSAT, DACT or GMAT (optional)
  • International applicants: Results of TOEFL, IELTS or PTE

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