Admissions and Prerequisites


Those planning to apply to the Indiana University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution with at least a 3.0 GPA. Common undergraduate degrees include biology, psychology, biochemistry and life sciences; however, candidates with other undergraduate degrees will be considered. Prerequisites include at least one course in each of biology, genetics, psychology and either organic chemistry or biochemistry.  Courses in molecular biology or molecular genetics as well as statistics are recommended but not required.

Particularly strong applicants will have explored the profession through extracurricular counseling and/or advocacy experiences such as observing or interning with a genetic counselor, working/volunteering as a crisis-counselor or interacting in some fashion with individuals who have disabilities.

Application Checklist

The following materials must be submitted for consideration:

-  Completed application (see Applying for the Program below).

-  Official transcript(s) from all undergraduate educational programs.

-  GRE test scores. Quantitative and verbal scores are preferred above the
55th percentile, with scores above the 70th percentile considered particularly competitive. A subject test is not required. Please use the following codes to submit scores: Institution Code 1325 and Department Code 0210.

-  TOEFL scores if from a non-English speaking country.

-Three letters of recommendation. Letters should be from individuals familiar with your academic accomplishments, counseling-related activities and/or potential to be a genetic counselor (e.g. academic advisors, professors, laboratory supervisors, genetic counselor supervisors of internship experiences, etc.).  Recommenders may complete the electronic recommendation that will be sent to them following submission of your application; however, we also welcome letters sent to the Graduate Secretary at the address below.

-  A statement of purpose. This one to two page single-spaced document should describe your reasons for selecting this career, your current goals and plans for your professional career.  Applicants are not required to adhere to the 500-word limit specified on the university application. 

-  A resume detailing your relevant experiences including those in education; employment; laboratory and research; observation and shadowing; and counseling, mentoring and advocacy

Application fee ($60 domestic and international).

Applying for the Program

To apply, visit

The pull-down menu of your educational objectives does not list genetic counseling as a choice. Please select Medical Genetics and include your reasons for desiring a career in genetic counseling within your statement of purpose.

In addition to completing the electronic application, your supplemental information (GRE/TOEFL scores, transcript(s), and letters of recommendation [if the referee prefers not to complete an on-line recommendation]) should be mailed separately to:

Graduate Secretary
Department of Medical & Molecular Genetics
Indiana University School of Medicine
975 W. Walnut Street, IB-130
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5251

If you are unable to obtain an application on-line, please e-mail Joan Charlesworth.


All application and supporting materials are due by December 15th to apply for admission the following Fall semester.

Review Process

Decisions for admission will be based on review of application materials and the outcome of interviews, which are extended to a portion of candidates.  Applicants are typically notified of offers for interview in February, and interviews are typically held in March and April. Offers for acceptance are given on a universal notification date agreed upon by all North American genetic counseling programs. This date is typically in late April. Currently, eight students are accepted each year.

Contact Information

For additional information, contact Paula Delk , Genetic Counseling Graduate Program Director

975 West Walnut Street | Medical Research and Library Building, IB 130 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | (317) 944-3966