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. 


Our webinar series for 2020 will be announced soon, check back shortly for more details. The webinars we offered this past year are listed here:

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

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 tour our facilities, 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 house is anticipated in Spring 2020, be sure to check back for more updates.

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 accompany genetic counselors into various specialty clinics for 3 half-days and complete short assignments related to the cases they observe. They will also have the opportunity to attend relevant interdisciplinary meetings when possible. Applications are now open and the deadline for submission is Feb 14, 2020. Contact us at to request an application.