VCU Bulletins

Dual-degree Master of Science in Genetic Counseling (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy in Human Genetics (Ph.D.)

Shiang, Dr. Rita
Graduate Program Director
rshiang@vcu.edu
(804) 628-4083

Gannaway, Rachel
Graduate Program Director and Recruitment Contact
rgannaway@vcu.edu
(804) 628-3507

Quillin, Dr. John M.
Director of Combined Program
jquillin@mcvh-vcu.edu
(804) 628-1925

Human Genetics, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Degree:

Ph.D.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall
Deadline
dates:

Applications received prior to Dec 17 given priority consideration
Test
requirements:

GRE
Special requirements:
International applicants must score 100 or greater on the TOEFL.

Genetic Counseling, Master of Science (M.S.)
Degree:

M.S.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall
Deadline
dates:

Applications received prior to Feb 2 given priority consideration
Test
requirements:

GRE

The Department of Human and Molecular Genetics offers training that combines preparation for a career as a genetic counselor with research-based doctoral training in a coordinated program that integrates the complementary aspects of these two degree categories. In order to be admitted to this dual-degree program, an applicant must be accepted into both the M.S. and Ph.D. programs.

Applications for the Ph.D. program should be submitted to the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal – School of Medicine-PhD selected from the drop-down menu of programs on the VCU online application form.

The Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program is accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. The master’s degree requires four semesters of study for students entering with a bachelor’s degree, and it must be completed within five years. The student working toward the Master of Science has an integrated and progressively complex classroom and supervised clinical experience. The program requires an original research project under the supervision of a faculty adviser. In this dual degree program, clinical exposure/experience will begin in the third year.

The straddling of the student and professional roles is a lifelong process in the changing field of human genetics and genetic counseling. Graduates of this program will be contributing members of the clinical genetics team of counselors, physicians and basic scientists.

 

 

Comments/feedback about this site   |   Bulletin (catalog) archives/printer-friendly bulletins   |   About these bulletins

Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia
Contact us: bulletin@vcu.edu

Last update: 8/13/2012

Created by VCU University Relations