Program Prerequisites

Acceptance for graduate study requires approval by both the Graduate School and the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics. Specific admissions requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree: A bachelor's degree with a “B” average (3.0) or higher from an accredited institution.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language: 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:
  • Specific Courses: Successful completion of undergraduate course work in the following:
    • Biology, two semesters
    • Chemistry, two semesters
    • Organic Chemistry, one semester
    • General Genetics, one semester
    • Biochemistry, one semester
    • Statistics, one semester
    • Psychology, one semester
  • Advocacy Experience: Advocacy experience in a volunteer or paid position working in social service agencies or with crisis counseling organization or related experience. Questions about applicable experiences can be addressed to the program directors.
  • Understanding of the Genetic Counseling Profession: The applicant should demonstrate an understanding of the genetic counseling profession. Many successful applicants have accomplished this by shadowing or visiting with a genetic counselor. To find a counselor in your area, use the NSGC Find a Counselor Tool.

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


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