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Genetic Counseling

Graduate Admission Requirements

Accepting Applications for September 2021 Start.
Applications and Materials are due February 2021.

NOTE TO ALL APPLICANTS: BEFORE APPLYING TO BAY PATH UNIVERSITY'S MS IN GENETIC COUNSELING PROGRAM YOU MUST Register at Genetic Counseling Admissions Match - Click here to register. (Once you have registered for GC match you will receive a unique applicant code number. You must enter your applicant code number on to the application to the Bay Path University Genetic Counseling Program. The Bay Path University Program is identified by the 5 digit code number of 10310. Applicants must use this number when submitting their rank order list during the Match process.)

Prospective students may apply for admission to the MS in Genetic Counseling throughout the year. The Admissions Committee will review all application materials submitted by all applicants. A select sub-group of applicants will be contacted to participate in an on-site or Skype interview with the Admissions Committee. Students are ranked from admission by the Genetic Counseling Program and are admitted based on the results of the national match.

Successful completion of the following courses (undergraduate or graduate level) or the equivalent:

• Biology with lab (2 semesters)
• Molecular and/or Cellular Biology (1 semester)
• Chemistry with lab (2 semesters)
• Biochemistry (1 semester)
• Organic Chemistry with lab (1 semester)
• Genetics (1 semester)
• Psychology (1 semester)
• Embryology (1 semester)
• Statistics (1 semester)

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of B or higher. All prerequisite courses must show number of credits and grade on official transcript; no certificates will be accepted.

For consideration, applicants must submit the following admission requirements:

  1. A completed application - Apply Now 
  2. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts (a GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred)
  3. An original essay on the topic: "Why is achieving an MS in Genetic Counseling from Bay Path University important to my life and professional goals?” (no more than 3 typed pages). Essays must be sent as a separate Word attachment to, and MUST include your full name at the top of the page
  4. A current resume
  5. Three recommendations - Click Here to download the form
  6. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by phone or email. Interviews will be at The Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center, located at 1 Denslow Road, East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Interviewees can choose to interview on-campus OR via Zoom. Zoom interviewees will be emailed the invite link.

All documentation including recommendation forms and official transcripts must be mailed directly to Bay Path University's Office of Graduate Admissions:

Bay Path University
Office of Graduate Admissions
588 Longmeadow Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106

Genetic Counseling Admissions Match
The Bay Path University MS in Genetic Counseling program participates in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS).  The GC Admissions Match has been established to enhance the process of placing applicants into positions in Master's-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 at ( to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.

Please visit the MS in Genetic Counseling program page to learn about curriculum, faculty, program options, and more!