• Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Grade of “B” or better in each prerequisite course*
    • *See list of prerequisite courses below
    • If an applicant scores less than a B in a required prerequisite, the applicant must address this in their application. Further instructions on how to do this can be found in the application.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)
    • If a GPA is below 3.0, applicants must address their low GPA in their application. Further instructions on how to do this can be found in the application.
  • Official GRE or MCAT scores. Scores must be less than 5 years old at the time of the application. This requirement can be waived for applicants with a previous Master’s or Doctoral degree.
    • GRE scores can be sent to KGI through PharmGrad by using GRE code 4320
    • We are able to initially accept unofficial GRE scores; however, official scores must be sent if an applicant is Matched to KGI.
  • Applicants should submit sealed official transcripts from all Colleges attended directly to PharmGrad. For assistance, please see the visit the PharmGrad site.
    • If the transcript is from a school outside the U.S., official course-by-course evaluations should be submitted. See the PharmGrad Foreign Transcripts website for a list of acceptable evaluation agencies. 
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Personal Statement:
    • Every person brings unique life experiences with them wherever they go – yours brought you to this moment and the decision to pursue a career in genetic counseling. If you were writing the story of your life, how would you divide it into chapters? Under each chapter heading/title, please write a brief summary (1-2 paragraphs) highlighting and reflecting upon some of the following: key experiences, challenges, interests, personality traits, skills developed, problem solving, original and innovative thinking and/or lessons learned. For your final chapter, please illustrate how the culmination of the proceeding chapters affect the ways you can uniquely contribute to the work and community of KGI and genetic counseling, at large. Please limit response to 2-3 pages.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Letters should be from individuals who are familiar with your accomplishments, strengths, weaknesses, personal character, and potential for success in the Genetic Counseling program
    • At least one letter should come from an academic who evaluated your work in full or an academic requirement (i.e. a professor or lab supervisor) 
    • Letters from employers and volunteer experience supervisors are also acceptable. It not advisable to submit letters from personal or family friends. A letter from a Genetic Counselor is highly recommended.
  • Recommended experience:
    • Exposure to genetic counseling, shadowing or interviewing of a clinical, laboratory and/or industry genetic counselor.
    • Advocacy, counseling and/or health care experience (volunteer or paid)
    • Research experience
    • Laboratory experience
  • Must be U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Admission offers are also contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal background check and drug screening.

Technical Standards

The Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling program maintains technical standards required of all students for admission, progression, and graduation. Download the document.

Required Prerequisite Courses

The following prerequisites must be completed by July 15, 2020. They can be completed at any university or two-year community college. If you have questions about locating a specific prerequisite, please send the following information to sphs.admissions@kgi.edu for review:

  • Name of school
  • Course number & course name
  • Course description
  • Number of credits (semester or quarter)
  • Grade you received in the course (if applicable)
Required Course
Semester Credit Hours
Quarter Credit Hours
Social Science (Psychology, Sociology, Communication, Anthropology, Counseling, Cultural Studies)

Courses in embryology, bioethics, anatomyphysiology, epidemiology, organic chemistry, and communication are highly recommended.