How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year.  We will begin accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year (Class of 2023) in August 2020.  Additional information will be posted soon.

Applicants must provide:

  1. UAMS Online Admissions Application: An online application to the college is required and is available on the website.  A non-refundable application fee of $40.00 is required and must accompany the OAA application.  On the first page of the application, be sure to make the following selections to choose this program:
    -Academic Career: Graduate
    -Campus: Main UAMS Campus
    -Term: Fall
    -Academic Program: College of Health Prof GRAD
    -Admit Type: Applicant
    -Full-Time or Part-Time: Full-Time
    -Academic Plan: Genetic Counseling MS
    -Academic Sub-Plan: N/A
  2. 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) for the fall 2020 admissions cycle. 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.
  3. Official Transcripts: 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.
    NOTE:  Admissions is aware that due to COVID-19 and the impact on colleges and universities, some students are being issued pass/fail, credit/no credit prerequisite grades. We are acceptable of that grading system during the semesters/quarters impacted by COVID-19 as long as the college or university documents “pass/P or credit/CR” and the credit hours on the transcript.  Students who believe they would have earned an A or B in a required prerequisite, particularly Genetics and/or Molecular Biology, are encouraged to request a brief letter from the professor who taught the course attesting to the student’s high performance in the course.  These letters can be submitted with the student’s application and do not replace the three letters of recommendation. 
  4. GRE Scores: Submission of official GRE scores to the CHP Office of Admissions, 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.
  5. Documentation of Genetic Counseling Observation: Applicants should job shadow with a genetic counselor on at least one occasion before applying.* Applicants may provide evidence of this shadowing experience by submitting one of the following for each shadowing experience:
    1. the Genetic Counseling Observation Form
    2. a letter or email from the genetic counselor to the UAMS genetic counseling program that includes the following information: clinic name, date observed, hours observed, and comments on the applicant’s professionalism, communication skills, and interpersonal skills; or
    3. a letter of recommendation from a genetic counselor (often only possible for applicants who have spent a significant amount of time with a genetic counselor).

*Applicants who were unable to shadow a genetic counselor prior to submitting an application must submit a written explanation as to why this was not possible and steps taken by the applicant to learn about the genetic counseling profession.

  1. Interview: The most qualified applicants will be contacted after the admissions deadline to arrange an onsite interview.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.  Once you submit your application, that information will automatically generate an email to the reference with instructions for completing and submitting the letter.
  4. Resume: A current curriculum vitae or resume is to be submitted by uploading it to the “Upload Documents” section of the online application.
  5. Summary Form: Applicants must complete and submit this form. NOTE: The Admissions Office makes final determination on prerequisites met.  Submit this form by uploading it to the “Upload Documents” section of the online application.  Download the Summary Form
  6. TOEFL Scores, as applicable.  See International Applicants in the Admissions/Academic Information section of the 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.