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 master's-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, so as not to miss the December 13 deadline. 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, typically by the end of September.

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:


Applicants who are eligible for an NMS fee waiver, McNair Scholars, Fullbright Scholars, UPenn employees and veterans are eligible for an application fee waiver from the UPenn MSGC program.  Click here for more information

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 2024, Rank Order Lists are due on Tuesday, April 9th.

Our program listing appears like this:

UPenn NMS Tracks for 2023

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 2024 Admissions

September 15, 2023 UPenn MSGC Program applications open
December 1, 2023 Deadline to apply for a fee waiver from the UPenn MSGC program
December 13, 2023 Deadline for applicants to register with NMS to receive their Match Code Numbers
December 20, 2023 UPenn MSGC Application deadline.  All application documents, along with a $75 non-refundable fee, must be submitted via CollegeNet.


The Admissions Committee reviews applications during this time.  Typically, about one-third of applicants are invited to interview via emails sent in mid-February.
March-early April Interviews take place.  For 2023, all interviews will be virtual.
April 9, 2024 National Matching Services Rank Order List Deadline
April 17, 2024 Match Day - Match results released to applicants and programs by email
Late April 2024 Candidates who match with Penn's program will receive a detailed commitment letter.
mid-May 2024 Deadline for candidates to return acceptance letter with $250 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 2024 Classes begin.