The Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) is a highly selective program that accepts between eight and twelve students each year.


Applicants should have a background in basic and social science and are required to have taken courses in biology, genetics, biochemistry, psychology, and statistics.

Competitive applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the genetic counseling profession and have some experience in peer-counseling or working with agencies that provide counseling services. Some examples include suicide hotlines, domestic violence hotlines/shelters, or homeless or AIDS shelters.

Application Requirements

Those who want to apply for the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program must complete and submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • GRE score, general exam using ISMMS School Code 2464
  • $80 application fee
  • Submit official transcripts to:

Icahn School of Medicine
Office of Admissions
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029

Before You Apply  

The Genetic Counseling Graduate Program at the ISMMS is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS), beginning with admissions for academic year 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 Deadlines and Decisions

Completed applications must be received by January 5. The Admissions Committee will interview a competitive pool of applicants on campus in March and April. Notification of admissions will follow the guidelines established by the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors.

Decisions usually are announced in late April. ISMMS is committed to promoting and supporting diversity. Please read our Diversity Statement.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The total tuition for the 21-month program is currently $48,000, plus $2400 for student and activities fees. To learn more about financial aid information and services, please visit the ISMMS Financial Aid page.