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. 


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. To register, email us at

  • September 24, 2019 at 2:00pm Eastern
  • November 12, 2019 at 8:00pm Eastern

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. To register, email us at

  • October 24, 2019 at 6:00pm Eastern

Open House

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. To register, email us at

  • October 14, 2019 from 11:00am-3:00pm (this is a holiday in some regions)

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. The next application deadline for this practicum is anticipated in Spring 2020, be sure to check back for more updates.