Admissions Timeline & the NMS Match

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We participate in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS). The Admissions Match was adopted by the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors in 2017 as the system to place applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.

Before applying to participating genetic counseling graduate programs, applicants must first register with NMS to receive their unique Code Number for the upcoming Match. They then share this number with any programs they apply to and use it to submit their own ranked list to NMS in the spring.  Applicants can register as early as September and are strongly encouraged to register no later than early December. NMS charges each applicant a $100 non-refundable registration fee.

Image promoting the AGCPD NMS Match Fee waiverThe Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors has established a waiver for the $100 fee associated with the NMS Match. Prospective students who demonstrate financial need AND have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater can apply for a match fee waiver. Prospective students should apply for a fee waiver BEFORE registering for an NMS number.

Applications for the match fee waiver are due by October 6, 2021. Applicants will be notified on November 1, 2021, as to whether they have received a waiver. There are a limited number of waivers, so not all applicants will receive a waiver. Instructions for how to register for the NMS match will be provided to those who receive a waiver.  Interested applicants can click here for more information and a fee waiver application:  https://natmatch.com/gcadmissions/applicants/register.html#waiver

 

At the conclusion of program interviews, applicants and programs submit ranked lists of preferences to NMS, following the schedule posted on the NMS website.  For 2022, Rank Order Lists are due on April 13th.

Our program listing appears like this:

NMS tracks for the program

 

After the deadline for the submission of rank order lists, the NMS applies an algorithm that considers both applicants’ and programs’ preferences.  The binding results of the Match are released to applicants and programs by email simultaneously on a set date in late April.

The NMS website provides more detailed information about the matching process, a video explaining how the algorithm works, and a complete schedule of dates and deadlines.

Timeline for 2021 Admissions

September 15, 2021 UPenn MSGC Program applications open
December 15, 2021 Deadline for applicants to register with NMS to receive their Match Code Numbers
January 5, 2022 Application deadline.  All application documents, along with a $75 non-refundable fee, must be submitted via CollegeNet.

January-February                          

The Admissions Committee reviews applications during this time.  Typically about one-third of applicants are invited to interview via emails sent in mid to late February.
March-early April Interviews take place.  We plan to offer both virtual and in-person interviews.
April 13, 2022 National Matching Services Rank Order List Deadline
April 22, 2022 Match Day - Match results released to applicants and programs by email
Late April 2022 Candidates who match with Penn's program will receive a detailed commitment letter.
May 17, 2022 Deadline for candidates to return acceptance letter with a $500 deposit.  This deposit is applied to the first-semester tuition, and it is non-refundable if students fail to enter the program on the date for which they are accepted.
Late August 2022 Classes begin