Admissions

Fall 2020 application deadline: December 3, 2019

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 (https://natmatch.com/gcadmissions) to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.

It is recommended that applicants register for the GC Admissions Match by December 13, 2019. While applicants may register after this date, they should register early enough to ensure there is sufficient time for evaluations, interviews, and rankings.

IMPORTANT: Information about the GC Admissions Match, 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.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars application deadline: 1:00pm (pacific) on October 10, 2019

MS Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling application deadline: December 3, 2019

  • Your online application to the genetic counseling program must be submitted and all required supporting documents (incuding CV, supplemental essay, official transcript(s), letters of recommendation, and ETS official GRE/TOEFL scores) must be received by the December 3rd deadline in order to be considered for both programs.

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.
  • 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
    • 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.

 

RESOURCES FOR APPLICANTS

2019 Prospective Applicant Webinar - November 1

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.