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Admissions Requirements

All applicants to the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree in a discipline related to the biological or behavioral sciences from an accredited college or university with a minimum quality point average (QPA) of 3.0.
  • Completion of an undergraduate course in each of the following: genetics, organic chemistry, general biochemistry, calculus, statistics and a behavioral or social science.
  • The General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the verbal, quantitative and analytical writing tests must be supplied with the application for admission and should be above the 70th percentile in each of these three areas (code 2927 with no department code).
  • Submission of a personal statement as part of the application. Applicants should use the personal statement to discuss their interest in becoming a genetic counselor.  The personal statement should highlight an applicant's strengths, previous experiences related to genetic counseling, and understanding of the field.  
  • Student applicants are encouraged to volunteer at clinical genetic centers prior to admission.
  • Admission to the Genetic Counseling Program requires an interview by the faculty and clinical staff.

If you have questions about admissions requirements, please contact Robin Grubs, MS, PhD, LCGC.


Application Process

Application Deadlines:

December 15, 2016 (Recommended)

January 15, 2017 (Final)


All new Genetic Counseling MS and/or dual-degree Genetic Counseling MS/MPH applicants must apply through SOPHAS Express (not SOPHAS, but SOPHAS Express). 

  1. Apply online through SOPHAS Express

  2. Pay application fee ($50) directly to SOPHAS Express

  3. Submit personal statement through SOPHAS Express

  4. Submit 3 letters of recommendation (evaluations) through SOPHAS Express

  5. Submit official transcripts for ALL education in the United States directly to the Pitt Public Health Student Affairs Office.  Official e-transcripts can also be emailed to

  6. Submit a course-by-course WES evaluation for ALL education outside of the United States (not including study abroad) directly to the Pitt Public Health Student Affairs Office

  7. Submit official GRE scores to the University of Pittsburgh code 2927, with no department code

  8. Submit official TOEFL scores (if applicable) to University of Pittsburgh code 2927

  9. For further information, please see Pitt Public Health's How to Apply page

Special Note: Pitt Public Health holds its applicants and students to the high ethical standards expected of public health professionals. Any form of misrepresentation or plagiarism discovered in an application will result in immediate rejection of the applicant. The incident also will be reported to SOPHAS Express, the public health shared application service, and the Genetic Counseling program.


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Noel C. Harrie
Student Services Coordinator
(412) 624-3066

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