Fall 2019 application deadline: December 4, 2018

IMPORTANT: Information about the GC Admissions Match

The MS Program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling at Stanford University is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS) beginning with admissions for Fall 2018. The GC Admissions Match has been established to enhance the process of placing applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The Match uses a process that takes into account both applicants’ and programs’ preferences. All applicants must first register for the Match with NMS before applying to participating genetic counseling graduate programs. At the conclusion of all program interviews, both applicants and programs will submit ranked lists of preferred placements to NMS according to deadlines posted on the NMS website. The binding results of the Match will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April. Please visit the NMS website at ( to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.

Application Overview

Eligibility: To be eligible for admission to any graduate program at Stanford, applicants must meet one of the following conditions:

  • completion of a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or
  • completion of an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing. More information on Stanford's academic credential requirements for international applicants can be found here: Graduate Admissions: International Academic Credentials. Please direct all questions to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Required Application Materials: All applicants will be required to submit Stanford's online application for graduate admission (available in mid-September). Instructions about submitting these application materials are found within Stanford’s online application.
  • $125 application fee
  • 3 letters of reference
  • GRE scores (general exam only)
  • TOEFL scores or a TOEFL waiver (if applicable)
  • CV (Resume)
  • Personal Statement 
  • Supplemental Essay (***new requirement***)
  • Official transcript(s) from all postsecondary institutions you have attended as a full-time students for one year or longer or from which you completed a course prerequisite.
    • Applicants must upload one scanned version of their official transcript(s) to the online application and request your institution(s) send official copies to the MS Program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling (see our How to Apply page for additional details)
Please carefully review our How to Apply page for additional details about our program's application requirements.

Statement regarding diversity in graduate education

The University believes that a graduate student body that is both highly qualified and diverse is essential to the educational process.  Because of its strong belief in the value of diversity, Stanford especially encourages applicants whose culture, socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, skills, and interests provide additional dimensions to the University's programs. Each of the University's seven schools has faculty and staff specifically charged with addressing the concerns and needs of the school's diverse populations.  The University works to provide an environment of support responsive to the needs of its diverse graduate students as they pursue advanced degrees. Programs including symposia, interdisciplinary research opportunities, career preparation, and social and cultural events are offered by individual campus units or offices working collaboratively. Even though the University is large and decentralized, students have access to relevant members of the campus community who are resourceful, helpful, and work together to provide a network of support.  Additional information may be obtained from the Graduate Student Services offices in the respective schools.

We encourage any applicants from diverse backgrounds, especially those from under-represented backgrounds, to contact us and discuss the specifics of their application. Additionally, if you would like to connect with a student, alumnus, or faculty member representing a specific background, please contact us through our webform.


2018 Prospective Applicant Webinars

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

Recorded webinar (9/7/18)

Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Knight-Hennessy Scholars is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world's greatest challenges. The program awards up to 100 high-achieving students every year with full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford, including the Master's in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling.

To be considered, you must apply to Knight-Hennessy Scholars by September 12, 2018, and separately to the MS genetic counseling program by November 14, 2018 (note this deadline is earlier than the GC program's standard deadline).