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 will host two webinars for applicants during the Fall 2019 admissions cycle:

  • Friday, September 7, 2018: 9:00am-10:00am (pacific) *REGISTRATION CLOSED*
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018: 12:00pm-1:00pm (pacific)

Please register HERE at least 24 hours prior to the webinar you'd like to attend in order to receive the meeting link.

Recorded webinar (9/7/18)

Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group @ Stanford

In the News

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.

Statement of Stanford University following Supreme Court decision upholding travel ban

Since the implementation of the original travel ban, Stanford has been very clear about its commitment to welcoming students and scholars from all over the world. That commitment remains firmly in place today. Read more: https://immigration.stanford.edu/2018/06/26/statement-of-stanford-university-following-supreme-court-decision-upholding-travel-ban/


Stanford University statement on federal administration’s plans for DACA

We join the senior leadership of Stanford University in vigorously and adamantly opposing the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The full text of Stanford’s statement may be found here: http://undocumented.stanford.edu/2017/09/05/stanford-statement-daca/.


Stanford statement on campus climate and immigration

On November 15, 2016, The Stanford University School of Medicine’s Faculty Senate endorsed the resolution approved by the university Senate of the Academic Council, http://news.stanford.edu/2016/11/19/stanford-statement-campus-climate-immigration/

In addition, the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Faculty Senate further affirms that as an institution "We are committed to an educational environment that is inclusive, diverse, and treats each member of our community with respect and dignity.  ...  As members of the healing arts, we have a special commitment to society and to the health of the public. We are committed to providing medical care to patients consistent with the Stanford Affirmation, ... and  we are committed to promoting well-being and support for all members of our student body and medical community."

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.