MS in Genetic Counseling

The MS in Genetic Counseling is a 21-month graduate program that emphasizes the science and practice of genetic counseling, as well as the humanistic, social, and ethical considerations of scaling genetic/genomic services through a precision-medicine-based approach to health care. We focus on improving access to genetic counseling services and removing barriers to high-quality care, particularly for underserved communities.

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The Columbia University MS in Genetic Counseling is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC), located at 1660 International Drive, Suite 600, McLean, VA 22102. ACGC can be reached by phone at 703.506.3266 or through their website.

Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure

Institutions providing distance education are required to provide certain general disclosures for educational programs, regardless of modality, that prepare students for professional licensure or certification. The required information relates to whether or not the educational program meets the requirements for professional licensure or certification in all other states. Where applicable, an institution must also indicate when such a determination cannot be made. Professional licensure and certification requirements may vary state to state. This information is also subject to change. Students should contact the appropriate licensing agency for their home state to obtain the most up to date information.

The MS in Genetic Counseling at Columbia University prepares students for the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) Certification Examination and thereby does meet the academic requirements for certification in all 50 states.

Quick Facts

For the three most recent graduating classes:

  • 100% of our alums are working as genetic counselors, 89% secured their position within 3 months of graduating
  • 97% of our alums who have taken the ABGC Certification Examination have passed, 81% passed on their first attempt
  • 100% of our alums graduated on time, 95% of enrolled students completed the program