The Stanford MS Program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling began in 2008 and is fully accredited by the American Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). This exciting translational two-year program is located in a world renowned Genetics department and a top 10 medical school in one of the most beautiful and culturally diverse areas of the country. Our faculty utilize state-of-the-art genomics resources to train students to work with patients and clients in a wide range of settings and from multicultural backgrounds. The curriculum provides a balance of cutting-edge genomics technology with strong psychosocial counseling skills and research training. We emphasize critical thinking skills that will be increasingly needed as genetics and genomics is translated into new clinical settings. All aspects of the training are tailored so that content is clinically applicable from the start.  

Stanford's curriculum operates on the quarter system, with students taking six academic quarters of work and completing full-time clinical rotations during the summer between their first and second year. The course distribution (see sample 2016-2017 Curriculum) allows students to take 1-3 elective courses in an area of their choice, such as Spanish language, cancer biology, pediatric and reproductive health issues, or biomedical ethics.   

Students may also consider 'out of town' clinical rotations for 1-3 quarters of their second year at sites that are approved by the program. If this is an option that you are interested in pursuing, please see our rotations tab and contact the program for more information.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline: December 16, 2016

Prospective Student Webinars

We are pleased to announce that our program co-directors will host two webinars for prospective applicants this fall. Click HERE to register.

  • Thursday, October 6, 2016: 9:00am-10:00am (pacific)
  • Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016: 12:00pm-1:00pm (pacific)

Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group @ Stanford