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. 


We offer a variety of webinars bringing relevant information to prospective genetic counseling students. You can find our 2020 webinar schedule below, all times are Eastern. Please contact us at to register.

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.

  • Tuesday, April 21 at 8pm
  • 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, May 20 at 7pm
  • 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.

  • Thursday, June 25 at 8pm
  • 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 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 houses are anticipated in Fall 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. Our Winter 2020 cycle closed on February 14, keep an eye on our website for announcements about applications for the next cycle.