MS Genetic Counseling Admissions

The Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai provides a unique experience for students seeking a career in genetic counseling. With one of the largest genetics and genomics departments in the world, we are seeking enthusiastic students determined to make an impact in this dynamic field. Join our MS in Genetic Counseling program and change the world.

Before You Apply

Our Program participates in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS). The Admissions Match was 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.

All applicants must first register for the Match 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. The binding results of the Match will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April. 

How to Apply

We recognize the hardship caused by Covid-19 and therefore for the 2022 admissions cycle the GRE requirement will be test optional.  If you have taken the GRE, please submit your scores.

Applicants should have a background in basic and social sciences and are required to have completed prerequisite courses in:

  • biology
  • genetics
  • biochemistry
  • psychology
  • statistics

You should be able to demonstrate an understanding of genetic counseling and have experience with peer-counseling or working with agencies that provide counseling services (i.e. suicide hotlines, domestic violence hotlines/shelters, or homeless or AIDS shelters).

Applications to the Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program should include:

  • Unofficial transcripts
    • Once students enroll in the program, will they be required to submit official transcript(s) directly to our Admissions Office 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • GRE score, general exam using ISMMS School Code 2464
    • Optional for 2022-23 cycle (admission in Fall 2023) 
    • TBD for 2023-24 cycle (admission in Fall 2024) 
  • $80 application fee

Application Deadlines & Decisions

Completed applications must be received by January 5th. Our admissions committee will review and virtually interview a competitive pool of applicants from February through early April. Notification of admissions will follow the guidelines established by the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors. Decisions are typically announced by late April.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The total tuition for the 21-month program is currently $55,000. Tuition and other fees are subject to change annually. We offer financial assistance options, including fellowships, part-time employment (i.e. work-study programs), loans, and scholarships. The aid that you receive depends on your financial need as well as the availability of funds. Learn more about our financial aid services


Merit based scholarships are available. No additional application is required. Funding for these scholarships has been generously donated by the Genetic Disease Foundation and Sema4.