FAQ

What is the University of Connecticut graduate school minimum GPA to apply?  

  • A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 for your entire undergraduate career, or
  • A grade-point average of at least 3.0 for your last two undergraduate years, or
  • Exceptional work in your entire final undergraduate career (3.5 or better), or
  • Graduate work with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

*Please note that these are minimum requirements for acceptance to the University. A competitive GPA among genetic counseling programs is closer to a 3.5.

Do I need to take the GREs?

  • The Genetic Counseling Program will require the GREs, however there is no minimum score requirement. There is no objection to submission of scores from successive tests if the GRE’s are taken more than once and most recent scores must be no more than 5 years old. GRE results are only one of many factors considered in the decision process.

What is the application deadline?

  • We are currently not accepting applications, as program accreditation is pending. We anticipate that we will begin accepting applications during the winter of 2019 for enrollment for Fall 2020.

How much does this program cost?

  • Graduate students should refer to the Office of the Bursar for current tuition and fee information, procedures, and policies pertaining to graduate students and graduate programs. As a guide, instate tuition (excluding fees) for full-time graduate students for the 2017-18 academic year is $11,998.  Out of state tuition for full-time graduate students for the 2017-18 academic year is $34,066.

Can I get tuition waiver or a teaching assistant position?

  • No. The Genetic Counseling Program is a professional degree; as such, students finance their matriculation through personal resources and loans. Students should have no expectations of support through departmental or university research or teaching assistantships. Many additional sources of funding for graduate education exist through both internal and external opportunities. Opportunities to seek external funding can be found through the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships. A searchable database of opportunities can be accessed through the website, in addition to resources helpful to graduate students seeking to prepare competitive applications. There may be aid available based on demonstrated financial need.

What do I need to apply to the Genetic Counseling Program?

  • A checklist for required application materials is available.
    • Transcripts
    • Reference Letters (3) (employer or faculty)
    • If you are not a native speaker of English, evidence of proficiency in the English language must be submitted.
    • Personal Statement of Purpose
      • This document should tell your program’s admissions committee everything you would like to reveal in a personal interview.
      • You should include your reasons for undertaking graduate work, your ultimate plans, and how you happened to select your desired field. Details about your preparation, your strengths and weaknesses as a student, any academic honors, scholarships, or fellowships you have received, will all be helpful.

I am an international student, are there special application procedures or deadlines? 

  • Yes, If you are an international student who requires U.S. student visa sponsorship by the University of Connecticut, please be prepared to submit an immigration document request to the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Office; the instructions will be sent to you AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN ADMITTED BY THE GRADUATE SCHOOL. For Fall 2019 applicants – the deadline to accept enrollment in your online application is July 31, 2019.

I have a high GPA, am I guaranteed admission?

  • Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants must show promise of superior achievement and must have specific preparation for the course of study they wish to undertake. If records indicate deficiencies, applicants may be refused admission or required either to take background courses without graduate credit or to demonstrate by examination that they have acquired the requisite knowledge or skills for graduate study. In addition, since each graduate program has a limited number of places, the successful applicant must have a record competitive with those of other applicants in the same field.

Are there specific class pre-requisites to apply to the Genetic Counseling Program?

  • A prepared applicant will have successfully completed at least one course in psychology, biology, biochemistry, statistics and biochemistry. Laboratory classes provide valuable learning experiences and thus the admission committee will be reviewing transcripts for relevant laboratory training in (2) courses, or as gained from research or work experience.

Do I need counseling experience to apply to the Genetic Counseling Program?

  • It is highly recommended that applicants have experience in a volunteer or work-related position involving a counseling component, e.g. a crisis intervention center, family planning clinic, health center, or serving as a resident advisor or peer counselor. Successful applicants should demonstrate a good beginning knowledge of the field which may be achieved by interviewing or shadowing genetic counselors, or volunteering in a genetics clinic.

How do I submit my application?

  • We are not currently accepting applications, as program accreditation is pending. We anticipate that we will accept applications for Fall 2019 during the winter of 2018. All applications for graduate study at UConn must be submitted using an online application system. You will be asked to provide a valid credit card for payment of the electronic application fee ($75) when you submit your application. Note that because UConn is committed to promoting a diverse graduate community, the Graduate School has agreed to waive application fees for prospective students associated with certain organizations and partnerships.

What is the GRE Code for UCONN Storrs?

  • The GRE code for UConn Storrs is 3915.

How many credits do I have to take each semester?

  • The number of credits and choice of courses for which a student registers is a matter to be discussed by the student and the major advisor. Graduate students may enroll in up to 20 credits per semester. A student may be classified as a full-time student in the Genetic Counseling Program in one of two (2) ways: (1) enroll in 9 or more credits of coursework; or (2) enroll in one (1) of the four (4) special purpose 3-credit courses. These courses include GRAD 5960 (Full-time Master’s Research) or GRAD 5930 (Master’s Level Directed Studies). To be classified as half-time, the student’s course credit load must be between 5 and 8 credits per semester. A credit load of fewer than 5 credits per semester is a part-time load.

Do I have to keep a minimum GPA to stay in the Program?

  • Maintenance of good academic standing in The Graduate School requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher at all times while enrolled in a graduate program. The Genetic Counseling Program has minimum scholastic standards by which students must abide to remain in good standing with the Program and for credits to counted toward a plan of study.

Can I enroll in another degree program while at UCONN?

  • Students may earn a graduate degree only in a program to which they have been admitted. Ordinarily, a student is granted admission to pursue graduate study in one (1) field at a time.

Is the Genetic Counseling Program an accredited program?

  • The Program is preparing an application for accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling Programs (ACGC).