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The application portal for Fall 2021 admission is closed.  The application for Fall 2022 admission will open September 1, 2021.   The application deadline is December 15, 2021.

  • Prior to beginning your application, please carefully review the instructions and requirements below.
  • When you are ready to apply go to the GMS Admissions page, review the instructions, and click “Apply Now”.  Fee waivers are available based on financial need.
  • Please complete the required registration for National Matching Services, Inc. at the following site:
  • Invitations for admission interviews will be extended by February 1st.  Virtual interviews will be held late February, throughout March and early April for all applicants.
  • Match day rankings due to National Matching Services, Inc. prior to April 14, 2021.
  • All interviewed candidates will be notified of their status on the BU genetic counseling program through National Matching Services on April 23, 2021.
  • Eleven students will be accepted for the incoming Class of 2023.

COVID 19 Updates:  We understand the tremendous disruption the COVID pandemic has created for society at large, and remain committed to ensure every completed application receives an individualized, holistic review.  In response to this unprecedented time, our program has made the following adjustments for the upcoming admissions cycle:

  1.  Pass/fail grades will be accepted for pre-requisite coursework due to COVID.
  2.  GREs are not required.  We appreciate the time spent for those applicants who have already taken this exam.  However, to ensure equity for all we respectfully request you do not not submit your score reports or include information about GREs on your application as this information will not be taken into account for your application review.
  3.  If the experiences you hoped to gain have since been canceled due to COVID, please know there are many ways to still stay connected to the genetic counseling profession through virtual events, podcasts, review of the Journal of Genetic Counseling,  materials available on the National Society of Genetic Counseling website, and a number of books, blogs, film and more where you can learn about the field and the lived of experiences of individuals and families.  We will be posting additional information on our Student Webinar page for virtual events taking place across the country.

A candidate must submit the following to satisfy the application requirements for admission into the BU MS in Genetic Counseling program:

  1. baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with fulfilled prerequisites
  2. Transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Personal Statement 
  5. Resume/CV
  6. Personal experiences relevant to genetic counseling

The application for the Boston University Genetic Counseling Program is completed online through the standard system used by Graduate Medical Sciences following the links above.  You will have opportunity to add documents (such as your unofficial transcripts, personal statements and resume/CV), and electronically notify those you request a letter of recommendation from.  As a reminder, please do not add any GRE scores to your application as the portal will ask if you plan to add any, or not.  Many demographic questions in part one of the application are asked due to reporting requirements for grants for Graduate Medical Sciences as a whole.  Unfortunately, our program is not able to adjust the wording or adjust response choices as grant reporting requirements on a national level are beyond our control.   If you have any questions or concerns as you work through the application portal, please email for assistance.

Apply now!