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. Please contact us at gc-program@cumc.columbia.edu to register.

Webinars

We offer our webinar series monthly from April through December each year. Events in our 2020 webinar series are listed below, all times are 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.

  • 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 admission, 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 join us virtually to learn more about the Columbia University Irving Medical Center campus and discover the unique strengths of our graduate program. Meet faculty and students, explore our curriculum, and learn more about applying. You are encouraged to attend one or more of the program webinars in advance of attending an open house. Our 2020 open houses are listed below, all times are Eastern:

  • Wednesday, September 30 from 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, October 28 from 6-8pm

Application Workshops

Join us for "office hours" (remotely) as you work on your Columbia application. Our workshops are a time for you to ask questions and receive support for submitting an organized and complete admission application. Each workshop will address different aspects of our application. Space is limited so register soon, all times are Eastern:

  • December 1 at 4:00pm and 4:30pm - letters of recommendation, transcripts, and standardized test scores
  • December 3 at 6:00pm and 6:30pm - resume/CV and Coursework & Counseling Form
  • December 8 at 6:00pm and 6:30pm - personal statement
  • December 10 at 6:00pm and 6:30pm - letters of recommendation, transcripts, and standardized test scores
  • December 14 at 3:00pm and 3:30pm - resume/CV and Coursework & Counseling Form
  • December 17 at 3:00pm and 3:30pm - personal statement

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 the practicum to assist prospective students in obtaining meaningful exposure to the practice and art of genetic counseling. Those accepted into the practicum will engage online/remotely with our genetic counselor faculty, observing and debriefing about 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 and work with clients. Applications for the Fall 2020 practicum closed August 5, be sure to check back for announcements about future cycles.