The Stanford MS Program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling began in 2008 and is fully accredited by the Accreditation 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. For course descriptions, please see the Stanford Bulletin.

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 FAQ.

Fall 2017 Application Deadline: December 6, 2016

Prospective Student Webinars

Our program co-directors will host two webinars for prospective applicants in Fall 2016. Click HERE to watch the webinar from November 1, 2016.

Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group @ Stanford

On November 15, 2016, The Stanford University School of Medicine’s Faculty Senate endorsed the resolution approved by the university Senate of the Academic Council, http://news.stanford.edu/2016/11/19/stanford-statement-campus-climate-immigration/

In addition, the Stanford University School of Medicine’s Faculty Senate further affirms that as an institution "We are committed to an educational environment that is inclusive, diverse, and treats each member of our community with respect and dignity.  ...  As members of the healing arts, we have a special commitment to society and to the health of the public. We are committed to providing medical care to patients consistent with the Stanford Affirmation, ... and  we are committed to promoting well-being and support for all members of our student body and medical community."