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Welcome to the Vanderbilt Master of Genetic Counseling (MGC) program. We’re thrilled to guide you on the journey towards your unique genetic counseling calling.

From our innovative curriculum to irreplaceable community, our full-time, five-semester MS program will equip you to work on the forefront of genetics for years to come.


Innovative Curriculum to Match A Changing Field

The genetic counselor profession is ever evolving— which makes it an exciting field to work and train in. This also means you need a curriculum that trains you to think on your feet and adapt to new circumstances.

That’s why we prioritize your growth as a lifelong learner. Our curriculum centers on case-based learning and a flipped classroom style, giving you the essentials you’ll need to excel on the forefront of an ever-changing field.

  • Learn beyond the lecture with hands-on clinical experiences and case-based learning
  • Engage in ethical controversies, cultural competency, and antiracism training embedded in your foundation courses
  • Dive into practicum experiences in six different clinical settings
  • Break new ground in the field with a mentored research project

To learn more about our course progression and clinical experiences, visit our curriculum section.

World-Class Medical Center, Right Next Door

With five clinical rotations at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to work and train at an innovative medical institution.

  • Study right across the street from a leading academic medical center
  • Immerse yourself in translational research with one of our dozens of research and clinical genetics faculty
  • Learn from the 18 to 20 genetic counselors serving at VUMC at any given time
  • Join a med school community that’s known for excellence in medical education

Being a GC trainee can sometimes feel like an awkward in-between role in clinical settings. Don’t worry: we’ve been there, too. At VUMC, you’ll be included as an indispensable partner in the caregiving process from day one.

To learn more about our five core clinical rotations, visit our practicum page.

High Investment, High Reward Community

At Vanderbilt, we believe in pairing rigorous academics with robust support. With a tight-knit cohort of 8 students, you’ll be immediately embedded in a caring family to walk with you every step of the way.

Learn in a culture of wellness and self-reflection

A thriving healthcare system starts with thriving providers— including trainees. At Vanderbilt, your personal wellbeing is a priority. Wellness activities and pauses for self-reflection are built into our community from the first day.

Pair up with a second-year mentor as soon as you step on campus

When you arrive, we’ll match you with a second-year trainee— someone who’s been in your shoes and can support you through the transition into the program. Besides academic advice and clinical tips, they’ll know all the best coffee shops and hiking spots in Nashville.

Develop close professional relationships with your academic and research advisors

Your professors and supervisors don’t see you as merely another trainee; they know you’re a future colleague. Your voice matters in decision-making about everything from community events to curriculum changes.

Explore Nashville while you build community within your cohort.

This up-and-coming city is a fantastic place to start your genetic counseling training. With more than 10 hospitals inside city limits, and dozens of clinics and out-patient centers throughout Davidson County, medical innovation is our everyday norm.

Plus, from a thriving indie music scene to dozens of local brunch spots, Nashville’s city charm can’t be beat.