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There is a growing need for qualified genetic counselors as we seek to improve health outcomes for all patients, and as the impact of genetics and genomics on our lives and health are realized. We are proud that more than 200 University of South Carolina trained genetic counselors are helping patients and families throughout the country.

How to Apply 

Applications for our program are processed through the University of South Carolina Graduate School. You can begin your application online.

Our program participates in the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors national admissions match. All applicants must register for the match at National Match System, Inc.


Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution and have completed the following coursework:

  • One year of general biology
  • One year of general chemistry
  • One semester of biochemistry
  • One semester of genetics
  • One semester of statistics

Suggested (Not Required)

Applicants are encouraged to have varied volunteer and work experience for preparation in the field of genetic counseling. Experiences may include:

  • Crisis/Peer counseling
  • Shadowing/Genetic Counseling Internship
  • Exposure to individuals with a chronic illness or disability through volunteer work
  • Laboratory/Research experience


Supplementary Materials

You'll need to include these materials with your application: 

  • Scores from the general aptitude test of the GRE. Our school code for these exams is 5818.
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement reflecting your interest and experience in the field
  • Curriculum vitae

The mailing address for transcripts and supporting materials is:

Graduate School
University of South Carolina
1705 College Street, Suite 552
Columbia, South Carolina 29208

Application Timeline

Applications are reviewed in January and February. Selected applicants are invited to interview in March and April, annually.

Please note that all applicants must be registered by the National Matching Service via the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match website. Please register for the national match in genetic counseling admissions by December 15.

Affirmative Action Statement

The University of South Carolina System provides equal opportunity and affirmative action in education and employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. The University of South Carolina System has designated as the ADA and Section 504 coordinator the Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs.


Important Information About Genetic Counselor Licensure

The Genetic Counseling Program at the University of South Carolina is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, thereby making our graduates eligible to sit for the American Board of Genetic Counseling national certification examination. Some states have licensure for genetic counselors and some have not enacted licensure legislation/regulations. States with licensure have a licensing board with their own genetic counselor licensure requirements. State licensing laws typically require graduation from an ACGC accredited program and passing the ABGC national certification examination in order for a genetic counselor to apply for professional licensure. We cannot guarantee that the program meets the requirements for genetic counselor licensure in every state. Candidates for licensure must apply and meet the requirements for professional licensure in the state of choice and meet that state’s current regulations for genetic counselor licensure. Current information for states that have enacted genetic counselor licensure can be found here. Additional information can be found at the Academic Programs Professional Licensure website.

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