Genetic Counseling About Us Admissions Curriculum Contact Us Frequently Asked Questions Admissions Home Education Genetic Counseling Admissions Admissions Requirements Recommended undergraduate preparation includes course work in the biological and behavioral sciences—particularly in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, psychology, statistics and human anatomy or embryology. Fluency in Spanish or a Southeast Asian language confers an advantage, but is not required. Extracurricular or employment experiences that provide evidence of the student’s maturity, interpersonal skills and promise as a genetic counselor figure prominently in the admissions decision. Letters of recommendation should speak to these qualities as well as to the academic qualifications of the applicant Experience providing crisis counseling is also recommended. Admissions Process Applications are accepted for the fall quarter only and must be complete by December 18. Six to eight students are usually admitted each year. APPLY TO UCI Interviews Following initial review of applications by the faculty admissions committee, approximately one-quarter of applicants are invited for interviews, which are usually conducted during February through early April. All interviews are conducted remotely. Match Program For applicants applying for admission to genetic counseling programs, a GC Admissions Match program was established in 2018 to place applicants into programs based on a fair process that takes into account both the applicants' and programs' preferences. This is similar to the process of matching physicians to residency training programs. To register and learn more about the match program, visit the GC Admissions Match website. All applicants to our program must provide a Match ID number to be considered for admission. For further information about the match program, visit the GC Admissions Match website. MATCH application fee waivers are available. Visit the Match Registration website for more information about MATCH application fee waivers. Match Information Admissions Timeline Our application deadline is December 18. All interviews will be conducted as VIRTUAL interviews by ZOOM and will be scheduled throughout February, March and early April. Invitations are typically sent by email in January and February. The timeline for the GC Admissions Match process is available at the GC Admissions Match website. Fall quarter orientation for the incoming class of students begins in late September. For details on the academic calendar, please visit the UCI Registrar website. Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid Information about tuition and fees is detailed on the UCI University Registrar under Current Year > Master of Science, Genetic Counseling. All students typically receive some amount of fellowship aid. Additional details about possible fellowship funding are shared with program applications at the time of interviews.