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MGCS Mission

The Master of Genetic Counselor Studies (MGCS) program prepares graduates to be competent and compassionate genetic counselors who will successfully enter the genetic counseling workforce and be lifelong learners and leaders in the field.

Our rigorous, comprehensive curriculum includes:

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

Socially Responsible Practice

Race as a social determinant of health is not a new concept. Conversation is not enough; action is vital. The Master of Genetic Counselor Studies, as a program in the School of Medicine and Public Health, has always valued engaging in a socially responsible practice. We will continue to work to change the system through anti-racist recruitment practices, curriculum and program culture.


The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) and with the first class of genetic counselors starting in 1976, is one of the most experienced programs in the United States.

More about ACGC accreditation and program outcomes