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Graduate Studies in Genetic Counseling

Providing students with the academic expertise and clinical skills essential for success in the genetic counseling profession.

Program quick facts

  • Established in 1989
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Council of Genetic Counseling, awarded re-accreditation in 2014
  • Accepts 10-12 new students each year
  • Over 192 students have been admitted since inception of program
  • Offers teaching assistantships to most first-year students (includes partial tuition remission and stipend)
  • Offers collaboration with Mayo Clinic where students can choose to complete all clinical training at Mayo in Rochester, MN.
Our graduates
  • Pass the board exam (93.8% pass rate; national average is 81%)
  • First-time board pass rate for last three classes: 82.5%
  • All of our students are able to find jobs upon graduation
  • Our attrition rate for the past three years is 0.
  • Remain in the field (84% of grads work in the field in some capacity)
  • Attain leadership roles within the profession (NSGC presidents, ABGC board of directors, program directors)
  • Publish abstracts through NSGC or ASHG (31 students in the last 5 years)
  • Publish their master’s degree work in a peer-reviewed journal (21 students in the last 8 years)

Supervisor awards

Joan Steyermark (Mayo Clinic) has been awarded the 2019 Outstanding Clinical Supervisor Award for the University of Minnesota by the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors.

Mary Ahrens (Fairview, retired) was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Clinical Supervisor Award for the University of Minnesota by the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors.