Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I learn more about the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match system?

Genetic Counseling Graduate programs will now be using a match system for all accredited program applications.  In addition to the required application process for each individual school, applicants must also register in the National Match System.  More information can be obtained at https://natmatch.com/gcadmissions

When are applications due?

Applications are submitted through the University of Arizona Graduate College and the application deadline is close of business on December 18, 2020.

Is there a cost to apply for your program?

Yes. The non-refundable fee for application to the Graduate College at the University of Arizona is $85 for domestic students and $95 for international students.

Does your program ever waive the GRE requirement?

Given the uncertainties around COVID-19, it is currently unclear if the GRE will be administered this year.  For applicants applying to our program in the fall of 2020, we will not require or record GRE scores.   

Although the University of Arizona Graduate College does not require GRE’s, the UAGCGP does require that the general test (verbal, analytic and quantitative)

be taken within 5 years of program application.  However, on an individual basis there may be applicants with advanced degrees in a related field for whom the GRE

requirement may be waived by the UAGCGP Admissions Committee.

What score do I need to have on my GRE exam?

GRE Scores over the 50th percentile are considered competitive.

What is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) code for the University of Arizona? 

The University's GRE code is 4832.

Can I work while I am a student?

It depends on your ability to balance school and work. You will be expected to be available Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.  Any employment will have to be outside of those times.

Does the program offer any assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships?

Our program does not currently have specific any assistantships, fellowships, or scholarships. However, you may be able to receive outside financial support from other organizations. 

Please contact the University of Arizona Financial Aid office at https://grad.arizona.edu/funding for additional information.

What is the job outlook for genetic counselors?

Employment of genetic counselors is projected to grow much faster than the average for all other occupations. The most up-to-date job outlook for genetic counselors can be found in the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Will I need a car?

Yes. Many of our clinical rotation sites are in Phoenix, which is approximately 2 hours from Tucson by car.

Can I visit the UAGCGP?

Yes. We would be happy to arrange a meeting or phone contact with our Program Administration.  Please contact our Program Director, Dee Quinn at: quinn@pharmacy.arizona.edu.

Who should I ask for letters of recommendation? 

Three personal letters of recommendation are required for admissions, including at least one from a professor and preferably one from a practicing genetics provider or advocacy supervisor.

Where do I send applications and supporting documents?

Applications for the UAGCGP are submitted online to the University of Arizona Graduate College. The Graduate College uses the GradApp Graduate Admission Application, which can be found at https://apply.grad.arizona.edu/.

You can use this link to submit your application and to check the status of your application. Supporting documents can be sent to the Graduate College:

Graduate College
The University of Arizona
Administration 322
PO Box 210066
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066

Express mail (for FedEx, DHL, etc):Graduate College
The University of Arizona
1401 E University Blvd, #322
Tucson, AZ 85721

Please send official electronic transcripts to: transcripts@grad.arizona.edu

How many students are accepted into the program?

The UAGCGP will accept a maximum of 5 students for the Fall 2021 term.

How much does tuition cost?

Tuition rates for the University of Arizona change frequently. Finalized tuition rates for the 2019 – 2020 school year were announced following the Arizona Board of Regents Tuition and Fee meeting in April 2019. Graduate tuition and fees for the GCGP for the 2019 - 2020 Fall and Spring semesters totals at $19,271 for Arizona residents and $39398 for non-Arizona residents. Summer tuition for the Clinical Practicum was $1,024 for the Summer 2017 term for both Arizona residents and nonresidents.

The UAGCGP has received approval from the Arizona Board of Regents for a special program fee. This $3,000 per semester fee will be added to the cost of tuition. There is no difference in program fee rates for Arizona residents and nonresidents. There is no program fee for the summer semester between the 1st and 2nd year.

For more information on tuition rates at the University of Arizona, visit http://bursar.arizona.edu/students/fees.

For more information on UAGCGP tuition, visit http://precisionhealth.uahs.arizona.edu/GCGP/tuition-and-financial-aid.

What is the word limit for the Personal Statement in the UAGCGP application?

The Personal Statement can be a maximum of 500 words.