MS in Genetic Counseling

University of Pittsburgh Genetic Counseling Program

Inspiring Future Leaders, Transforming Genetic Health Care
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the genetic counseling program

The MS in Genetic Counseling (MSGC) graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh is committed to providing cutting edge training in the complex science of genetics while fostering a strong foundation in counseling. This unique program is constantly evolving to ensure the continued success of graduates entering a dynamic workforce. Each year between 10 and 12 students are welcomed into the incoming class to be trained by world-renowned faculty. The genetic counseling program is grounded in three important elements: scientific training in human genetics and genomics, comprehensive clinical experience, and understanding the psychological and social aspects of counseling—with an added focus on integrating up to the minute discoveries in genetics and genomics as well as valuable concepts from other academic disciplines.

The genetic counseling program at the University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, Inc., 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102; phone: 703-506-7667. Our comprehensive program helps students to achieve and often surpass the practice based competencies outlined by the ACGC.

Please explore our Web site to learn more about what sets our program and our graduates apart! We hope you will consider joining our challenging and exciting program.


Our graduates will be leaders at the center of health care in a future where every health decision will be influenced by genomic information.

Mission Statement
We deliver boundary-spanning education for future genetic counseling professionals in genomics, public health, business and policy and through immersion in diverse health care and research settings.

Core Values
The University of Pittsburgh Genetic Counseling Program’s core values are...

  • Speak with Integrity and Compassion: We are committed to honesty, transparency and respect in every interaction.
  • Commit Everyday: We take personal responsibility to achieve excellence in everything we do.
  • Reach Out: We embrace collaboration and partnership to enhance professional possibilities.
  • Embrace the Unknown: We believe that curiosity leads to lifelong learning.
  • Be Bold: We are inspired by innovation and change.

PROGRAM Quick facts:

  • Established in 1971, as the 2nd oldest genetic counseling program, with 50 years of experience in training successful genetic counseling professionals
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Council of Genetic Counseling, with most recent reaccreditation received in 2019
  • Accepts 12 students each year
  • Opportunity to customize your education (e.g., a dual degree with both an MS in Genetic Counseling and an MPH in public health genetics)
  • Strong board certification pass rate:
    • 3-year average first time pass rate of 90% (2019-2021)
    • 3-year overall pass rate of 97% (2019-2021)
  • Student retention rate of 100% in the past 3 years (2019-2021)
  • Job placement rate of 100% in recent graduates (2018-2020)

Please visit our “Why Choose Pitt” for more information 


Students entering the graduate program are able to choose one of multiple degree options based on their career interests and goals:

The two-year masters in genetic counseling program provides students with the knowledge and skills to successfully practice as genetic counselors in diverse settings and prepares them to be leaders within the profession.


Students passionate about public health have the opportunity to obtain a dual degree, earning both an MS in Genetic Counseling and an MPH in public health genetics.


A PhD in human genetics with a focus on genetic counseling is available for genetic counselors who wish to obtain an advanced degree and target their careers on pursuits that will be enhanced by a PhD degree.


Genetic counseling students can further customize their educational experience through one of multiple public health certificate programs available to master’s students through the Graduate School of Public Health.



The Amy Sain Memorial Scholarship Fund

Click here to donate to the Amy Sain Memorial Scholarship Fund



Arjunan Leadership Lecture Series Seminar

Click on the link above to view the presentation given by Aishwarya Arjunan at the 2020–21 Leadership Lecture Series for the Genetic Counseling Program


Click on the image above to view the presentation given by Ellen Matloff at the 2018–19 Leadership Lecture Series for the Genetic Counseling Program



Click on the image above to view the presentation given by Laura Hercher at the 2017–18 Leadership Lecture Series for the Genetic Counseling Program


(Part 1)

Link to Lecture by Robert Resta, MS
(Part 2)

Click on the images above to view the presentation given by Robert Resta at the 2016–17 Leadership Lecture Series for the Genetic Counseling Program (note: the lecture is in two parts)


Click on the image above to view the presentation given by Jehannine Austin at the inaugural Leadership Lecture Series for the Genetic Counseling Program

Contact Us

University of Pittsburgh Genetic Counseling Program

Graduate School of Public Health
Department of Human Genetics
130 DeSoto Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15261

For Questions about the Genetic Counseling Program please email