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Program Videos - Learn more about the actual experience at the University of Minnesota Genetic Counseling Program by viewing a series of videos:

Clinic, Teaching, and Research Experiences at the University of Minnesota
Real Life as a Genetic Counseling Student at the University of Minnesota



Year One Required Courses:

Fall Semester
GCD 8917Medical Genetics for Genetic Counselors 1 (A-F grade base)3 credits
GCD 8911Genetic Counseling Skills & Practice 1 (A-F grade base)4 credits
Psy 5137

Intro to Behavioral Genetics (A-F grade base)

3 credits
GCD 8073Genetics & Genomics in Human Health (A-F grade base)


2 credits
GCD 8921Professional Development Seminar 1 (S/N grade base)1 credit
Spring Semester
GCD 8918Medical Genetics for Genetic Counselors 2 (A-F grade base)3 credits
GCD 8912Genetic Counseling Skills & Practice 2 (A-F grade base)4 credits
GCD 8921

Professional Development Seminar 2 (S/N grade base)

1 credit
GCD 8993Directed Study - Cytogenetics Lab Rotation (S/N grade base)2 credits
GCD 8916Genetic Counseling Research Seminar (A-F grade base)2 credits

Year Two Required Courses:

Summer Semester
GCD 8001Clinical Internship 1 (A-F grade base)

3 credits

Fall Semester
GCD 8994Research Project Paper (S/N grade base)2 credits
GCD 8913Psychosocial Issues in Genetic Counseling I (A-F grade base)4 credits
GCD 8002Clinical Internship 2 (A-F grade base)5 credits
GCD 8914Ethical & Legal Issues in Genetic Counseling (A-F grade base)2 credits
GCD 8922Professional Development Seminar 3 (S/N grade base)1 credit
Spring Semester

GCD 8915

Psychosocial Issues in Genetic Counseling II (A-F grade base)

3 credits

GCD 8003Clinical Internship 3 (A-F grade base)5 credits
GCD 8994Research Project Paper (S/N grade base)2 credits
GCD 8922Professional Development Seminar 4 (S/N grade base)1 credit

Class Descriptions


Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development/Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics
Center for Bioethics
Pediatric Grand Rounds
CBS Seminar Series
Medical School Grand Rounds
GCD Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion events


Most of our students receive support through Teaching Assistantships for at least two of their four semesters. These assistantships offer partial tuition remission and pay a monthly stipend. In addition, any out-of-state student working as a Teaching Assistant is eligible for in-state tuition for one semester after working for at least one semester.

Students also apply for loans to help support their studies. The University of Minnesota has an office of financial aid available to answer any questions about loans for graduate study at

For the most up-to-date information about costs for attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota, please check the tuition and fees website at

Current tuition for 2021-22

All students are covered by malpractice insurance and have health care insurance as graduate students enrolled in the program.

The University of Minnesota Genetic Counseling Program adheres to the Essential Capacities for Matriculation, Promotion, and Graduation of the Medical School.
The Program also adheres to the University policy regarding Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Stalking and Relationship Violence.

Student Conduct Code

The MCDB&G program is committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities for students and scholars with various economic disadvantages, disabilities, special talents, leadership qualities and for those who come from various ethnic and racial backgrounds. A diverse student body enriches graduate education by providing a multiplicity of views and perspectives that enhance research, teaching and the development of new knowledge. We recognize the mission, policies, and practices exhibited by the University of Minnesota Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and the Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity.

The University of Minnesota Master’s in Genetic Counseling program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, Inc., located at 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Ste 300, McLean, VA 22102.  ACGC can be reached by phone at 703.506.7667.