How to Apply

Applications for admission to the 2018-2019 school year are now closed.

For admission to the 2019-2020 school year, applications and all supporting documents should be received by December 15, 2018 to be considered for admission.  Applicants must provide:

  1. Application for Admission: The application is required.  Apply directly online by clicking here.
  2. Application Fee: A $40.00 non-refundable fee is required and must accompany the application. 
  3. National Matching Services: The University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) Genetic Counseling Graduate Program is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS) beginning with admissions for Fall 2018.  The GC Admissions Match has been established to enhance the process of placing applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The Match uses a process that takes into account both applicants’ and programs’ preferences.  All applicants must first register for the Match with NMS before applying to participating genetic counseling graduate programs. At the conclusion of all program interviews, both applicants and programs will submit ranked lists of preferred placements to NMS according to deadlines posted on the NMS website.  The binding results of the Match will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April.  Please visit the NMS website ( to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.
  4. Official Transcripts: A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university is required.  Arrange for each college or university you have attended to forward an official transcript of your course work.  Must have a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.85 on a 4.0 scale.  In special circumstances, the GPA in the major for the last two years, or the GPA for a graduate degree (in a related field) may be considered in lieu of the cumulative undergraduate GPA.  However, each required prerequisite course (see Prerequisites) must be completed with letter grade of “C” or above.  Submit official transcripts to the UAMS College of Health Professions, 4301 West Markham, #619, Little Rock, AR 72205.
  5. GRE Scores: Submission of official GRE scores to the UAMS College of Health Professions, 4301 West Markham, #619, Little Rock, AR 72205.  Must be taken within 5 years of application for admission. No advanced subject score required. Institution code: 6146.
  6. Professional Observation (both types): 
    • Working or volunteering in a counseling setting where one receives training and supervision in providing counseling to other individuals; example settings include a counseling service, a crisis or suicide hotline, a domestic violence shelter or hotline, or a pregnancy counseling center such as Planned Parenthood. Experience working with individuals with disabilities and/or teaching are also helpful to applicants.
    • Additionally, applicants must have job shadowed for at least one day or have completed a genetic counseling internship before applying. If not completed before applying, admission to the program will be contingent upon completion of that prior to matriculation.
    • Download the Clinical Observation Formadobepdf_icon.
  7. Essay: An 800-word statement that addresses one’s personal goals and professional career vision to be submitted by uploading it to the “Upload Documents” section of the online application.
  8. Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required.  Applicants will be required to enter the reference name and email address on the online application.  That information will automatically generate an email to the reference with instructions for completing and submitting the reference letter.
  9. Resume: A current curriculum vitae or resume is to be submitted by uploading it to the “Upload Documents” section of the online application.
  10. Summary Form: Applicants must complete and submit this form.  Please note any items that are pending.  NOTE: The Admissions Office makes final determination on prerequisites met.  Upload to the “Upload Documents” section of the online application.
    1. Download the Summary Form
  11. Interview: The most qualified applicants will be contacted after the admissions deadline to arrange an onsite interview.
  12. TOEFL Scores as applicable. See International Applicants in the Admissions/Academic Information section of the College of Health Professions catalog.

State Authorization of Distance Education and Clinical Placement Policy

*Admission Requirements for Foreign, Non-permanent Resident Alien, and Non-native English Speakers:  All applicants who are not United States citizens or permanent resident aliens or for whom English is not their native language must meet additional admission requirements.  Please consult the Admission/Academic Information section of the CHP Catalog.

All accepted applicants must consent to a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. Background checks and drug screens are required by most clinical sites during the didactic and clinical phase of the program. Matriculation into the program is contingent upon acceptable background check and drug screen results. Adverse results of a background check will be considered on an individual basis and may result in an inability to matriculate into the program. Enrolled students may be randomly drug tested throughout the curriculum and clinical sites may require updated background checks. More information about the requirement will be provided to accepted applicants.