Master of Genetic Counseling

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Master of Genetic Counseling Program

Anticipated start date for first class: Fall 2019

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Application Deadline: January 15, 2019

Please download the Application Instructions (PDF) to guide you through the application process.

Eligible candidates for the Vanderbilt MGC Program are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with coursework in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, general or human genetics, statistics, and psychology.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years. For information about registering for the GRE go to:

In addition, candidates are highly encouraged to have had experiences that demonstrate an interest in and familiarity with the field of genetic counseling, as well as an ability to communicate clearly and compassionately with others. This experience could be obtained through volunteer work, employment, or observation in a clinical setting of a board-certified genetic counselor and/or medical geneticist.

The Vanderbilt Master of Genetic Counseling is unable to accept International students at this time. Students who are permanent residents (Green Card holders) are eligible to apply for the Vanderbilt MGC.

To apply for the Vanderbilt MGC Program, students will complete two separate steps:

1. Apply through the online Vanderbilt University application. Check back here for instruction in Fall of 2018.

2. Register with the Genetic Counseling (GC) Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS) at Additional information about the NMS Match:

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.


Vanderbilt University Master of Genetic Counseling Program has achieved Candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) Achieving Candidate status demonstrates progress towards accreditation. Having Candidate status does not guarantee accreditation.


Tuition and fees for the MGC Program are approved by the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust in April of each year. Policies related to tuition and fees are located in the VUSM Catalog. These policies include: payment of tuition and fees, refund of tuition, late payment of fees, financial clearance, activities and recreation fees, professional liability insurance, disability insurance, student health insurance, student health service fees, verification fees, transcript fees, and financial assistance. Tuition and fees for the first cohort of Master of Genetic Counseling students, expected to matriculate in Academic Year 2019-2020, have not yet been approved by the VU Board of Trust. However, the anticipated cost for tuition and fees in 2018-19 is about $38,000.

Financial Aid

No program scholarship funds are provided to students enrolled in the Vanderbilt University Master of Genetic Counseling program. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine participates in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Prospective and admitted MGC students may apply for Federal loans to help support their attendance at Vanderbilt University. Information about Federal loans and how to apply for them may be found on the VUSM Office of Student Financial Services website.


Vanderbilt University Master of Genetic Counseling Program students are not offered paid employment opportunities as a function of their student enrollment. However, enrolled students have access to resources available through Vanderbilt University Student Employment. More information is available at

Program Contact: Martha Dudek, MS CGC, (615) 343-1964 


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