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Important Notes:

1. Applications to the Rutgers Genetic Counseling Master's Program are submitted online (Our 2018 admissions cycle is now closed - please revisit this page for more information on our next admissions cycle).

2. For your application to be considered, you must ALSO register for the match process through National Matching Services (NMS). Please review information about the Genetic Counseling Match at Applicants will be able to register for the Match beginning on September 5, 2017. Only applicants who enroll in the match process can be considered for admission. *Please read below for more information on NMS.

3. USE "GENETIC COUNSELING PROGRAM 16681C" - When submitting your application, find the Genetic Counseling Master's Program under Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Please be sure to select that you are applying to the GENETIC COUNSELING PROGRAM 16681C (scroll down to specify this track). DO NOT SELECT MMG- MS or we will not receive your application.


Application Steps & Requirements:

  • Transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions – Official or unofficial transcripts are accepted. Once you create your online account, you are required to upload your unofficial transcript under "Supporting Materials" (

    Note: Official transcripts will be required at the time of interview. Official transcripts should be mailed to:

    Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    56 College Ave
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8541

  • GRE (taken within the past five years)- Official score should be sent using institution code 2790 (no department code). You are required to upload your unofficial GRE scores under "Supporting Materials."

  • Personal Statement- Provide a personal statement describing how you came to select the profession of genetic counseling. Describe events and experiences that have prepared you for a career in genetic counseling. This may include (but is not limited to) exposure to the field of genetic counseling, counseling opportunities, and/or lab or research experience. Use this as an opportunity to tell us about yourself in a way that your resume cannot. You are required to upload a personal statement to your online application.

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation – Through the online application, please provide the name and email address of your three references. An email will be generated and sent to your selected references for directions on how to submit their letter of recommendation. Online submission of letters is strongly preferred. If no email address is available, the confidential letter should be mailed from your recommender directly to:

    Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    56 College Ave
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8541

  • Resume or CV– You are required to upload your Resume or CV under "Supporting Materials."

  • $70 nonrefundable application fee

  • TOEFL scores if from a non-English speaking country. Minimum score of 100 required.


Top applicants will be invited for an on-site interview at Rutgers University, Busch Campus. Interviews will take place in March.

Click here for the Graduate Admissions page for fast links and more information.


 *The Genetic Counseling Master’s Program of Rutgers University is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS) beginning with admissions for Fall 2018. 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.

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Department of Genetics
Life Sciences Building
145 Bevier Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: (848) 445-9637