How Do I Become a Genetic Counselor?

To become a genetic counselor, you need a Masters degree from an accredited (recognized) two-year graduate school genetic counseling program. The basic requirements for acceptance into a graduate school training program are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological or social sciences, or other relevant subject
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (required by most, but not all, graduate schools)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay or statement of academic and career goals
  • Volunteer and/or internship experience  


Explore the following sections to guide you from high school to applying to a genetic counseling program!

How do I prepare to be a genetic counselor while I'm still in high school?

How do I prepare for a genetic counseling career during college?

How do I find volunteer opportunities?

How do I find shadowing opportunities?

What is the GRE Exam and how do I prepare for it?

How do I apply to a genetic counseling graduate program?

How do I decide which schools to apply to?

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