The Stanford MS Program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling began in 2008 and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). This exciting translational two-year program is located in a world renowned Genetics department and a top 10 medical school alongside two nationally ranked hospitals in one of the most beautiful and culturally diverse areas of the country. Our faculty utilize state-of-the-art genomics resources to train students to work with patients and clients in a wide range of settings and from multicultural backgrounds. The curriculum provides a balance of cutting-edge genomics technology with strong psychosocial counseling skills and research training. We emphasize critical thinking skills that will be increasingly needed as genetics and genomics is translated into new clinical settings. All aspects of the training are tailored so that content is clinically applicable from the start.  

Stanford's curriculum operates on the quarter system, with students taking six academic quarters of work and completing full-time clinical rotations during the summer between their first and second year. The course distribution allows students to take 1-3 elective courses in an area of their choice, such as Spanish language, cancer biology, pediatric and reproductive health issues, or biomedical ethics. For course descriptions, please see the Stanford Bulletin.

Students may also consider 'out of town' clinical rotations for 1-3 quarters of their second year at sites that are approved by the program. If this is an option that you are interested in pursuing, please see our rotations tab and FAQ.


Fall 2020 Application Deadline: December 3, 2019

Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group @ Stanford

2019 Prospective Applicant Webinar

We will host an updated webinar for prospective applicants in late October or early November 2019 (recording will be posted afterward). In the meantime, we suggest that those interested in applying to our program watch the 2018 webinar and review the following updates/clarifications:

  1. We mentioned new admissions processes in 2018 (more flexible GRE requirements, required supplemental essay, phone screening). While no longer new, these are still the same for Fall 2020 admission. We will post a new prompt for the supplemental essay in September.
  2. Updated tuition rates: For the Class of 2021, the total tuition for the 2-year program is approximately $86,589.Students should expect a 3-5% annual tuition increase (we’ve experienced 3.5% increases over the last two years). 
  3. Rotation structure: The rotation schedule consists of ~55 weeks of rotations over the course of two years.  First year rotations begin in Winter quarter and are typically 5 weeks each, part time (15-20 hrs/week).  Rotations during the summer are 10 weeks each, full time (35-40 hrs/week).  Second year rotations are a combination of 5 and 10 week part time rotations.

In the News

04/02/19, Scope
--Genetic counseling in short supply in Mexico
Daiana Bucio's (Class of 2018) recently published research on the barriers to large-scale genetic counseling in Mexico is featured in Stanford's Scope Blog

Click HERE to read her paper.


12/06/18, Popular Science
--The gene-edited Chinese twins represent a multi-generational ethical quandary
This piece explores whether the parents of the twins reportedly created using CRISPR were appropriately advised of the risks of the undertaking. Kelly Ormond, our program co-director and professor of genetics, is included here.


10/10/18, Stanford Medicine
Hundreds of patients with undiagnosed diseases find answers
More than 100 patients afflicted by mysterious illnesses have been diagnosed through a network of detective-doctors who investigate unidentified diseases, reports a study conducted by scientists at the School of Medicine and multiple collaborating institutes. The Undiagnosed Diseases Network — a program created by the National Institutes of Health — now has 12 clinics nationwide, including one at Stanford. We are so proud of the paper's first author and Stanford GC program alumna, Kim Splinter ('14), and the members of Stanford's Center for Undiagnosed Disease.

Senior author Euan Ashley, professor of medicine, is quoted by AP News and in the San Francisco Chronicle. The study is also highlighted in pieces from Genome Web, News-Medical, and in a Stanford Medicine press release, which quotes Matthew Wheeler, assistant professor of medicine at Stanford and executive director of the Stanford Center for Undiagnosed Diseases. Jon Bernstein, associate professor of pediatrics, was interviewed for segments that aired on CBS This Morning and ABC 7 News (KGO-TV).


09/20/18, Scope
--Stars of Stanford Medicine: Genetic counseling and compassion
In this Stars of Stanford Medicine Q&A, Kim Kinnear ('19) shares her perspective as a graduate student in genetic counseling.


Join us in congratulating Colleen Caleshu, ScM, LCGC (lead genetic counselor - SCICD, and program faculty member), and MaryAnn Campion, EdD, MS, LCGC (program co-director), for their well-deserved honor of being named 2019 JEMF full member awardees! Their study, "A randomized controlled trial of meditation to improve genetic counselor and genetic counseling student professional well-being", aims to assess the benefits of meditation for the genetic counseling profession.


Stanford University's Master’s in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC), located at 4400 College Blvd., Ste. 220, Overland Park, KS 66211, web address www.gceducation.org.  ACGC can be reached by phone at 913.222.8668.