Please read all instructions carefully before submitting your application
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR GCMP ADMISSIONS:
In order for an application to be reviewed by our Admissions Committee, each applicant MUST complete the following steps:
1. Online Application: Submit your online application to the Rutgers Genetic Counseling Master's Program here.
2. National Matching Services (NMS): 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. There is a $100 fee to register for the match process. Some applicants may qualify for a match fee waiver. For more information please go to: https://natmatch.com/gcadmissions/applicants/register.html **Please read below for more information on NMS.
Only applicants who complete the above two steps will be considered.
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 emailed 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
- IMPORTANT CHANGE regarding GRE scores:
As part of the Alliance to Increase Diversity in Genetic Counseling (AID-GC) and in an effort to ensure consistent application requirements across the consortium of programs, Rutgers GCMP has chosen to make the GRE optional. We sincerely appreciate the significant time and effort applicants have made to take the GRE. Therefore, applicants are welcomed and encouraged to submit GRE scores if you believe that it will strengthen your application. Official scores should be sent using institution code 2790 (no department code).
It will not reflect poorly on your application should you choose to not submit GRE scores. Each application is reviewed carefully as a whole by our admissions committee.
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. Your NMS number MUST be on your resume for your application to be reviewed.
- 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. Reflect upon pertinent events and experiences that have prepared you for a career in genetic counseling and led you to pursue this field. 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 reflect upon your experiences in a way that your resume cannot. You are welcome to discuss personal qualities that you feel have contributed to your readiness for graduate school in genetic counseling.
We do not have a minimum or maximum word or page count, or formatting requirements. 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, including waivers, should be directed to the School of Graduate Studies admissions department. The admissions committee will only review applications for which the application fee has been received by the deadline date. It remains the applicant's responsibility to make sure all documents have been uploaded to the online portal.
Top applicants will be invited for a virtual interview with us. 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. There is a $100 fee to register for the match process. Some applicants may qualify for a match fee waiver. For more information please go to: https://natmatch.com/gcadmissions/applicants/register.html