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Genetic Counseling, M.S.

School of Medicine Columbia

There’s never been a better time to be a genetic counselor. Opportunities abound in any number of university, hospital, laboratory, research and industry settings

With a master's in genetic counseling, you’ll be ready for the workforce and a challenging, rewarding health professional career in one of the most dynamic areas of medicine. You'll be part of the team from day one: an engaged learner in our genetics center. The world of genetic counseling will unfold for you in two very busy years.

Program Highlights

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    First in the Southeast

    Study in the first program of its kind in the Southeast; it was also one of the first 10 in the nation when it began in 1985.

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    100% X3

    For the last three years, our program has a 100 percent retention rate, and all of our alumni have found work upon graduation.

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    A Top Faculty and Network

    You can form lifelong partnerships with our faculty members and meet genetic counselors and geneticists throughout the Southeast.

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    Local Impact

    Prepare for your counseling career through real interactions and community engagement integrated into the curriculum.

What You’ll Study

Rigorous coursework, community service, challenging fieldwork experiences and a research-based thesis will provide opportunity for tremendous professional growth. Thirty-nine hours of the 53-hour curriculum are devoted to classroom study, with an additional eight credit hours earned through fieldwork and the remaining six hours awarded for thesis research.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

  • Communication

    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression


    Introducing new ideas, methods or products to improve performance or achieve a specific goal

    Intercultural Competence

    Developing the skills to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across cultures

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Genetic Counselor
  • Researcher
  • Educator

Workplace Settings

  • Health Care
  • Clinical Laboratory
  • Education