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- November 1, 2019

We will host an updated webinar for prospective applicants at 9:45am (pacific) on Friday, November 1, 2019 (recording will be posted afterward). Please register HERE by October 30 if you'd like to attend. The meeting link will be sent to registered participants on October 31.

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

01/02/20, New York Times

--Why are you publicly sharing your child’s DNA information?

There is a growing interest in genotyping children. This opinion piece discusses how parents are exposing their personal health data by uploading their children’s genetic information on public websites. Louanne Hudgins, SU-GC medical director and professor of pediatrics, provides comment.


Congrats to Laurel Calderwood for receiving the Outstanding Supervisor award this year!


Congratulations to Kathryn Reyes '20 on receiving one of the JEMF Student awards for her research project!


We are so proud of our alumna, Rachel Farrell '13, who was awarded the 2019 UCSF Medical Center PRIDE award in the Professional Staff category. This very high honor is given to individuals who consistently demonstrate our core values of: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence (PRIDE).  


The current issue of Stanford Magazine includes a feature on families who sought help from the Stanford Center for Undiagnosed Diseases.


Kim Zayhowski '18 is featured on the most recent NSGC Podcast discussing how genetic counselors can be a cancer care resource for transgender patients: https://www.nsgc.org/page/2019-podcast-series  


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.


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.