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 2019 Application Deadline: December 4, 2018

2018 Prospective Applicant Webinars

Our co-directors hosted two webinars for applicants during the Fall 2019 admissions cycle. The recording is available below:

Recorded webinar (9/7/18)

Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group @ Stanford


In the News

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.


07/30/18, Cancer Network
--Guidance to clinicians with minimal backgrounds in genetics
New tools offer clinicians with little genetics experiences a guideline using genetic testing. Our co-director, Kelly Ormond, is quoted here.


We are excited to announce that our co-director, MaryAnn Campion, will serve as the 2019 NSGC President-Elect and will begin her term as NSGC President in 2020. Please join us in congratulating her on this wonderful and well-deserved honor!


U.S. News & World Report, 06/01/18
--Should I test myself for BRCA gene mutations?
As at-home DNA-testing kits become increasingly popular, some genetic counselors and physicians have concerns that the information provided may leave consumers without a thorough understanding of their risks or alternatives. Our medical director, Louanne Hudgins, provides comment here.


The Atlantic, 05/22/18
--Can genetic counselors keep up with 23andMe?
As DNA-testing kits and applications become increasingly popular, the demand for genetic counselors to interpret the results is growing. Our co-director, Kelly Ormond, provides comment in this piece.


05/10/18, Stanford Medicine press release
--Multigene testing replacing BRCA tests for breast cancer risk
Tests to detect mutations in multiple genes are replacing BRCA-only analyses in women with breast cancer, according to a study at Stanford and five other institutions. Lead author Allison Kurian, associate professor of medicine and of health research and policy, is quoted here.


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.