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UCI was one of the pioneers in genetic counselor education. Our program began in 1973, at a time when only five other institutions in the nation offered a master's degree in genetic counseling. UC Irvine's first class of three students graduated in 1975. We now have more than 200 graduates. In addition to clinical service positions in academic and private medical centers, program graduates are also pursuing careers in research, education, industry, and public health. For the three most recent graduating classes, 95% of our graduates have taken a job in a genetic counseling or related position.

Today, the UCI Genetic Counseling Master's program brings together a strong interdisciplinary team of UCI faculty in the clinical and basic sciences to provide education and professional training in counseling and medical genetics. 

Our Vision

The UCI Genetic Counseling program provides exceptional comprehensive training for future genetic counselors to develop the knowledge, skills and experience to effectively integrate genetic information in the provision of healthcare, while incorporating new discoveries and innovations in genetic and genomic medicine.

Our Mission

To provide trainees with an immersive experience in all aspects of medical genetics and genetic counseling so that they have the knowledge, skills and experience to help patients, other practitioners and the public understand and adapt to the implications of genetic variation for health.

We consider this program to be a place where everyone will be treated with respect as a human being – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, political beliefs, age, or ability. Diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged. It is our expectation that ALL students experience this program as an environment that supports their learning.