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Program/Degree
Genetic Counseling (MS) 
Program Description

The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program at the University of Arizona is a new and exciting graduate program offered through the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine and the Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine.  Graduates of this two year long program will graduate from the University of Arizona with a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counseling, preparing them for a career in this rapidly growing field.  Our program combines classroom-based coursework with real-world experience working with practicing genetic counselors and physicians in the clinic. 

Our students will benefit from UA's rich biomedical research and clinical training programs in both Tucson and Phoenix.  With campuses and medical schools in both cities, students will have the opportunity to train with clinicians, researchers, and experts in the field of genetics and genomic medicine. 

 

 
Department/Academic Unit(s)

Medicine -

The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program at the University of Arizona is a new and exciting graduate program offered through the Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine and the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

The goal of the Center for Applied Genetics and Genomic Medicine (TCAG2M) is to apply genetics and genomic biology to improve healthcare delivery for the people of Arizona. TCAG2M supports outstanding translational and clinical research into the etiology of disease, and the development of new approaches to manage these conditions in the clinic. To achieve this goal, TCAG2M has created divisions in cancer genetics, cardiopulmonary genetics, genetic consultation and counseling, community engagement, genome technologies and innovation, pharmacogenomics, and population genetics to advance our translational and clinical agenda.

The mission of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) is to provide pre- and post-doctoral, medical and graduate education in an interdisplinary environment through research activities to advance knowledge of biological structure as related to function and disease from the molecular level to the whole organism.  CMM faculty run active research programs in modern molecular and cellular biology which include areas of developmental biology, neuroscience, parasitology, immunology, cancer biology, and cellular structure and function. Our graduate programs attracts outstanding students from all parts of the US and the world. Graduate students from the interdisciplinary programs of Cancer Biology, Genetics, Molecular & Cellular Biology and Biochemistry, Neuroscience, and Physiological Sciences also receive training in CMM faculty laboratories.

 
College
College of Medicine, Tucson  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Contacts
Admissions Contact
Janae E Gregston
520-626-6084
Graduate Program Coordinator
Janae E Gregston
520-626-6084
Director of Graduate Studies
Dorothy Lynn Quinn
520-626-4382
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
520-621-3484
 
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Listed below are items that are required to complete this application for admission to UA Genetic Counseling Graduate Program for Fall 2018:

  • Match number from National Matching Services (NMS) https://agcpd.org/AdmissionsInfo
  • Personal statement (500 words maximum)
  • Unofficial and official transcripts for each college/institution attended
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL score (for international students only)
  • Email addresses of 3 contacts to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf (3 letters of recommendation are required, 4 is the maximum allowed)

Admission Requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA in undergraduate or graduate coursework
  • Completion of BS or BA
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework:
    • 2 semesters of biology
    • 1 semester of chemistry
    • 1 semester of biochemistry
    • 1 semester of genetics
    • 1 semester of statistics
    • 2 semesters of psychology, sociology, anthropology or public health

 

For questions, please contact Janae Gregston at janaeg@email.arizona.edu or (520) 626-6084

 
Standardized Tests

Required test: GRE
 

For international applicants only: Minimum TOEFL: 79 (internet based test)

 
Financial Aid

Tuition and fees for each academic year will be announced the previous spring by the Arizona Board of Regents. 

A $3,000 program fee will be added to the cost of tuition each semester.  There is no difference in the rate of the program fee for in state and out of state students. 

The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program does not provide financial aid, however students may contact the Financial Aid office for assistance (https://financialaid.arizona.edu/graduate-students). The student is responsible for all expenses related to completion of the degree requirements.

The Graduate Collage has Graduate Access Fellowships (https://grad.arizona.edu/gaf/) to which interested students can apply.

 
Admissions Deadlines

Application deadline is January 1, 2018.

 
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program requires the completion of 63 units with a grade of "C" or better.  Cumulative graduate GPA must be at least 3.0 to complete this program. 

Students in the program will take a clinical practicum course every semester throughout the program as well as in the summer to gain clinical experience. 

Students will also complete a research project culminating in a publishable thesis. 
 

 
Minor Requirements
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