Prospective Students

Want to learn more about genetic counseling and the Columbia University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program? Join us for one or more of the following opportunities. All times are Eastern, please contact us at to register.


Our 2020 webinar series is listed below:

Genetic Counselors, the Future of Genomic Medicine: discover who genetic counselors are and what they do. This webinar provides an overview of the profession of genetic counseling, including example clinical cases, various career paths, and next steps to prepare for graduate school.

  • Thursday, July 30 at 6pm
  • Thursday, October 15 at 3p

A "How-To" Guide for Applying to Columbia University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program: learn more about the application process at Columbia. This webinar provides an overview of admissions, including information about program prerequisites and other recommended pre-graduate experiences.​

  • Wednesday, August 12 at 3pm
  • Tuesday, November 10 at 8pm

Financing a Genetic Counseling Graduate Degree: learn more about resources to assist you in successfully financing a graduate education in genetic counseling. This webinar provides an overview of anticipated financial costs of completing a graduate degree, including opportunities for scholarships and work-study, and planning ahead for loan repayment.

  • Tuesday, September 15 at 6pm

Meet the Columbia GC Program Students: join us to meet representatives from the Class of 2021 and 2022. Hear from them about what drew them to Columbia, their experiences in the program so far, and life as a student in NYC.

  • ​Wednesday, December 2 at 8pm

Open Houses

We invite you to the Columbia University Irving Medical Center campus to discover the unique strengths of our graduate program, meet our program faculty and students, and learn more about applying. You an encouraged to attend one or more of the program webinars in advance of attending an open house. The next open houses are anticipated in Fall 2020, be sure to check back here for updates.

Application Workshops

Join us for "office hours" as you work on your application to Columbia. Our workshops are a time for you to ask questions and receive support for submitting an organized and complete admission application. Wokshops will occur in the fall of 2020, dates and times will be posted here soon.

Columbia Pre-Genetic Counselor Experiential Practicum

Gain hands-on experience of the clinical work done by genetic counselors. This in-depth exploration of the career is essential prior to applying to graduate school. We have developed this practicum to assist prospective students in obtaining meaningful exposure to the practice and art of genetic counseling. Those accepted into the practicum will engage remotely/online with our genetic counselor faculty, observing 4 client sessions in various specialty clinics. They will also have the opportunity to attend interdisciplinary meetings remotely and participate in a book club focused on the clinical specifics of genetic counseling cases and work with clients. Applications for the Fall 2020 practicum are now open and the deadline to apply is August 5. Please contact us at to learn more or to receive an application.