Please read all instructions carefully before submitting your application
1. Applications to the Rutgers Genetic Counseling Master's Program are submitted online here.
2. For the Fall 2022 cycle, we will begin accepting applications on or around 10/1/2021. Please do not submit before this date.
3. 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 https://www.natmatch.com/gcadmissions. Only applicants who enroll in the match process can be considered for admission. **Please read below for more information on NMS.
Application Steps & Requirements:
- Online applications will be submitted via our application portal here. You will be asked to first create a new Community ID. Once you have entered your demographic information, please select “Master’s” for Degree Type and “Genetic Counseling” for Area of Study.
- Transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions: Official and/or unofficial transcripts will be accepted to complete your application. However, official transcripts will be required at the time of interview. Your uploaded transcripts are required to complete your application.
Note: Official transcripts should be mailed directly from your institutions to:
Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
56 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8541
- GRE scores: Must be taken within the past five years. The admissions committee will look at the highest scores of each individual section if the exam was taken more than once. Self-reported scores are accepted but official GRE scores are required to complete your application. Official scores should be sent using institution code 2790 (no department code).
Work Experience and Resume/CV: You are required to upload your resume or CV. Please upload your resume under the Section titled “Work Experience”. Select Document Upload for “I will provide my work experience by:” and “Choose file” to upload your resume/CV. Make sure your resume includes:
- Your unique NMS number
- Prerequisite classes with course numbers and grades
- All relevant work, volunteer, and/or shadowing experience as it pertains to genetic counseling, as well as any counseling experience.
- 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 complete your application.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation: Through the online application, please provide the names and email addresses of your three references (you may add more references, if you so choose). Three letters of recommendation are required to complete your application. An email will be generated and sent to your selected references for directions on how to submit their letter of recommendation. Please note that our program is unable to receive reference letters directly from your recommender. It is your responsibility to inform your recommenders of the process to submit their letter to the admissions department in order to avoid delays in completing your application.
- TOEFL or IELTS scores are required if from a non-English speaking country. The minimum paper-based TOEFL score is 550. The minimum computer-based TOEFL score is 213. An acceptable IELTS score is bandwidth 7. Please click here for instructions on how to send us these scores.
There is a $70 nonrefundable application fee. All questions regarding the application fee should be directed to the School of Graduate Studies admissions department.
Top applicants will be invited for an interview with Rutgers University, Busch Campus. Interviews will take place in late February / March. All applicants will be notified if they have been selected for an interview in late January/early February.
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). 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 (https://natmatch.com/gcadmissions) to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.