Application Link & Checklist

The Online Application


Applications to the program are made through the CollegeNet platform.
  •      Start your application here UPenn Genetic Counseling Online Application

  •      Create an account or access an existing account.

  •      The MSGC Program application can be found under the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) Master's Programs tab.

  •      The essay prompt is provided only at the very beginning of the application, so copy it and save it for later use.

  •      For questions about CollegeNet, visit CollegeNet Instructions

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The Application Checklist

Applications must contain all of the following to be considered complete. 
  1. Completed online application
  2. Current résumé or CV
  3. Personal statement - 500 word limit. See the Application Components page of the website for more details.
  4. The UPenn MSGC Application - Supplementary Experiences Form for 2024 Admissions.  Applicants should download the form here, complete it, and upload it to their application as an additional document or with their CV.
  5. Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary school attended, uploaded through the online application system.  International graduates must have an offiical transcript evaluation sent from Certifile, WES or another independent evaluation service based in the US. 
  6. Three letters of reference - Three are required and no more than three will be considered. Letters should come from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s suitability for graduate study and interest in genetic counseling, and should include one from a practicing genetic counselor, genetics professional or comparable health professional, one from a professor and one additional reference.  Reapplicants should request a new letter from a recommender who can comment on the additional preparation for a career in genetic counseling the applicant has undertaken since the previous application.
  7. Official score reports for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - * optional  We do not require GRE scores but will review them if an applicant believes the scores will be beneficial. The GRE code for UPenn is 2900.
  8. TOEFL or IELTS scores if required (Scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries, e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand).
  9. Nonrefundable application fee of $75.  Click here for information about our program fee waiver policy.

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  • All required supporting documents should be submitted through the online application system.
  • Hard copy material other than official transcripts and letters of recommendation will not be accepted. 
  • Please urge your recommenders to upload their letters through the online system.  It is quicker and more secure.