M.S. Genetic Counseling Program

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Science Program in Genetic Counseling at Boston University School of Medicine. This program is provided through the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences and has received Full Accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). Applications are available at www.bu.edu/gms/admissions/. For additional information on the genetic counseling profession, please visit the website for the National Society of Genetic Counselors (www.nsgc.org). For questions regarding the BU Genetic Counseling Program, please email gcprog@bu.edu.  If you live in New England or will be in the area, you are welcome to schedule a date/time to visit and learn more about the campus and program.


The BU Genetic Counseling Program Mission Statement is as follows: The BU Genetic Counseling Program is committed to providing high-quality training through dynamic coursework, dedicated mentoring, diverse fieldwork, and innovative research to develop motivated genetic counselors to meet the needs of an expanding landscape in genetics and genomics.

The primary objective of the Master of Science Degree Program in Genetic Counseling is to educate graduate students in the core concepts of human genetics and counseling. Our focus is to provide students with the appropriate knowledge, experience, and mentoring to become competent, sensitive, and motivated genetic counselors. This is accomplished through a variety of educational experiences including course work, clinical training, research project preparation, and supplementary activities such as case conferences, grand rounds, journal clubs, and seminars. Located in the heart of Boston, the Genetic Counseling Program at Boston University provides a dynamic and enriching environment for genetic counseling students.

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Boston University’s medical school and teaching hospital offer access to tremendous resources for clinical experience and laboratory genetic services, making this the first program of its kind to be located within an academic medical center in New England. This program also has the unique appeal of including courses in the Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine Program and the Medical Sciences Program. In addition, elective courses are available through several other BU schools and departments, including the Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine Program and the School of Public Health.

Our ever-growing BU family at the NSGC Annual Education Conference here in Boston, October 2012.

Our ever-growing BU family at the NSGC Annual Education Conference here in Boston, October 2012.

Student Outcomes

  • 95% of students have graduated on time
  • 85% of alumni passed the ABGC certification exam on their first attempt
  • Over 90% of alumni began their first job within 3 months of graduation
    • For 92% of alumni, their first job was in their preferred city
    • For 88% of alumni, their first job was in their preferred specialty