Degree Requirements

The Genetic Counseling Program is a full-time program (two academic years and the intervening summer). We do not currently offer a part-time option. Candidates for the Masters Degree in Genetic Counseling will be expected to perform at high academic and professional standards, defined as follows:

1. Successful completion of 48 credit hours of coursework, research project development, and fieldwork placements

2. Satisfactory grades, requiring a “B-“ grade or better in all courses of credit. A grade of “C” in 8 credit hours or more is not permissible and will result in termination or temporary exclusion from the program

3. A minimum of 10 hours of genetic education through avenues such as:

a. lectures to high school or college classes, resident groups, teachers’ courses, or community forums
b. peer educational activities
c. class projects to develop patient, professional, or community educational materials

4. Students will also be required to attend and participate in a number of other activities, including:

a. weekly Genetic Counseling Seminar
b. a minimum of 8 grand rounds/seminars – (i.e. pediatric, OB/GYN, etc.) per year
c. a minimum of 20-30 hours of advocacy experience (including local support groups) during the first year

In addition, students are encouraged to attend local, regional, and national genetics conferences, as funds and time allow.

2016 BU GC Program Graduation Party – Celebrating our 10th graduating class!