Resources for Prospective Students

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 Learn About the Pitt Genetic Counseling Graduate Program

The video below provides an overview of the Pitt Genetic Counseling Program.  We encourage you to view this video, read through the additional resources on this page for prospective students, and review our website.

  • Sign up here to receive email communication about the Pitt Genetic Counseling Program and to set up your personalized site.
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  • Prospective students who have additional questions after reviewing the Pitt Genetic Counseling Program Overview Video and website are welcomed to contact the program to set up a meeting with program leadership.  During the admissions cycle from January through April, program leadership will not be available to meet with prospective applicants or provide feedback on applications, but interested individuals can contact the department to speak with students or have questions answered via email. 

    For October, Program Leadership will be participating in a Virtual Career Fair where we will be available to discuss the program and answer questions from prospective students.  Please see information about the Genetic Counseling Virtual Career Fair below.

    If you have additional questions about the program, please send an email to
  • Join us for a Genetic Counseling Virtual Career Fair on October 15, 2020.

    Genetic Counseling is a unique and rewarding healthcare profession, and this virtual fair will help you learn all about it! Join the fair to learn about this exciting profession, hear from professional societies, and connect with graduate degree genetic counseling programs across the continent. Graduate programs and professional societies will have virtual “rooms” that you can visit and learn more about degree requirements, professional opportunities, and more!

    Pitt's virtual "room" will be staffed by program leadership and current students between the hours of 11am-4pm.

    This event is hosted by the Western States Regional Genetics Network (@westernstatesgenetics). Visit their website to learn more, RSVP and attend the fair here -

General Information on Genetic Counseling


Is Genetic Counseling the Profession for You?


Preparing for Admission:  Resources


Living in Pittsburgh and Student Life


Relevant Journals and Texts

Journal of Genetic Counseling

A Guide to Genetic Counseling. WR Uhlmann ,JL Schuette, and BM Yashar (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Facilitating the Genetic Counseling Process. P McCarthy Veach, BS LeRoy, D Bartels. Springer, 2003.

Genetic Counseling Practice. BS Leroy, PM Veach, DM Bartels. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Psyche and Helix: Psychological Aspects of Genetic Counseling. S Kessler, RC Resta (ed).Wiley-Liss, 2000.

Psychosocial Genetic Counseling. J Weil. Oxford University Press, 2000.