Admissions and Prerequisites

Decisions for admission are based on review of application materials and the outcome of interviews, which are extended to a portion of candidates.  Applicants are typically notified of offers for interview in January, and interviews are typically held in February and March. Applicants interviewed by the program will be notified of their match status through the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match in April. Currently, IU School of Medicine accepts ten students into the genetics counseling program each year.


Applicants to the genetic counseling graduate program at IU School of Medicine must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution with at least a 3.0 GPA. Common undergraduate degrees include biology, psychology, biochemistry and life sciences; however, candidates with other undergraduate degrees are considered. Prerequisites include at least one course in each of biology, genetics, psychology and either organic chemistry or biochemistry.  Courses in molecular biology or molecular genetics as well as statistics, anatomy and physiology are recommended but not required.

Particularly strong applicants have explored the profession through extracurricular counseling and/or advocacy experiences (such as observing or interning with a genetic counselor, working/volunteering as a crisis-counselor, or interacting in some fashion with individuals who have disabilities).

Application Materials

The following materials must be submitted as part of the application for admission: completed application form, official transcript(s) from all undergraduate educational programs, GRE test scores (quantitative and verbal scores above the 55th percentile, with scores above the 70th percentile considered competitive); a subject test is not required. TOEFL scores are required for applicants from a non-English speaking country. To submit scores, applicants should use the following codes: Institution Code 1325 and Department Code 0210. An application fee ($70 domestic and international) applies.

Three letters of recommendation are also required. Letters should be from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic accomplishments, counseling-related activities and/or potential to be a genetic counselor (e.g. academic advisors, professors, laboratory supervisors, genetic counselor supervisors of internship experiences, etc).  Recommenders may complete the electronic recommendation that is sent to them following submission of an application; however, the program also welcomes letters sent to the Graduate Secretary.

In this one- to- two-page single-spaced document, the applicant should describe his/ her reasons for selecting genetics counseling as a career as well as current goals and plans for professional career.  Applicants are not required to adhere to the 500-word limit specified on the university application.

The applicant’s resume must detail relevant experiences, including those in education; employment; laboratory and research; observation and shadowing; and counseling, mentoring and advocacy.

On the IUPUI Graduate School application, the pull-down menu for the educational objectives field does not list genetic counseling as a choice. Applicants to this MS program must select Medical Genetics and include reasons for desiring a career in genetic counseling within the statement of purpose. In addition to completing the electronic application, supplemental information (GRE/TOEFL scores, transcript(s), and letters of recommendation if the referee prefers not to complete an online recommendation) should be mailed separately to the Graduate Secretary, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, IU School of Medicine, 975 W. Walnut Street, IB 252, Indianapolis, IN 46202.