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Master of Genetic Counselor Studies Program

Welcome to the Genetic Counseling Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Genetic counseling is an exciting profession that combines advanced education in human, molecular and medical genetics with skills and experience in counseling.


The University of Wisconsin-Madison offers a Master of Genetic Counselor Studies. Our training program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling and with the first class of genetic counselors starting in 1976, it is one of the most experienced programs in the United States.


We are proud of the blend and depth of learning experiences offered to our graduates. After you read the information that follows, we hope that you will find that our program meets your needs.


Mission Statement


The mission of the Master of Genetic Counselor Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is to educate competent and compassionate genetic counselors who will successfully enter the genetic counseling workforce and be lifelong learners and leaders in the field.


To fulfill this mission, the Program will provide students with a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum that includes:

  1. A diverse clinical experience that fosters interprofessional relationships
  2. Relevant research opportunities that encourage critical thinking and contribute to the knowledge base of the profession
  3. An environment that promotes socially responsible practice


Catherine Reiser, MS CGC
Director, Genetic Counseling Program
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Room 333 Waisman Center
1500 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 262-9722



Looking for more information about careers in genetic counseling? Contact the National Society of Genetic Counselors Executive Office:

401 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 321-6834
Fax: (312) 673-6972


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Last updated: 10/07/2016
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