Applying to the Genetic Counseling Program

All prospective students for the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program must apply through the Wayne State University Office of Graduate Admissions using the online application tool. Application deadline is January 15th for consideration of fall admission.

A completed application includes:

  • Completed online application.
  • Original transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. Please see this website for transcipt submission information:
  • Applicants whose native language is other than English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other English proficiency examination.  See here for additional details:
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • A statement describing personal and professional reasons for pursuing a career in genetic counseling. Please limit the essay to 750 words, double-spaced.
  • Proof of Genetic Counseling Admissions Match registration through National Match Services (NMS) at See below for additional information. 
  • International applicants should also visit the Graduate School International Admissions webpage for additional admissions requirements.

NOTE:  We will be waiving the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement for the Fall 2022 Admissions Cycle.

All applications that are complete by January 15th will be reviewed by the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program Admissions Committee.

Selected applicants will be offered a day long interview with the Program Directors and other members of the Committee. Our interviews typically occur in late February through early April. At this time, we have not determined whether interviews will be virtual or in person for the Fall 2022 Cycle. Check back for updates.

The Wayne State University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS) beginning with admissions for Fall 2018.  The GC Admissions Match has been 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 (ACGC). The Match uses a process that takes into account both applicants’ and programs’ preferences. 

All applicants must first register for the Match with NMS before applying to participating genetic counseling graduate programs.  It is recommended that applicants register for the Match by December 15th.  Applicants may register after this date, however they should register early enough to ensure sufficient time for evaluations, interviews and rankings.

The Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors has established a waiver for the $100 fee associated with the NMS Match. Prospective students who demonstrate financial need AND have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater can apply for a match fee waiver. Prospective students should apply for a fee waiver BEFORE registering for an NMS number. Applications for the match fee waiver are due by October 6, 2021. Please visit for additional details.

At the conclusion of all program interviews, both applicants and programs will submit ranked lists of preferred placements to NMS according to deadlines posted on the NMS website.  The binding results of the Match will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April.

Please visit the NMS website at to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works. 


Contact Information

Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics
Wayne State University School of Medicine
3127 Scott Hall
540 E. Canfield Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Administrative Office:
(313) 577-6298
Fax: (313) 577-9137