Application Guidelines

Applicants for the Human Genetics master's program must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university. Previous college work is expected to be at 3.0 or higher and should reflect advanced course study.


Complete the online application form, inclusive of the essay, that applies to your program of interest.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $60 must be submitted; upon completion of the application, online payment will become available. Payments may also be made by check or money order to Sarah Lawrence College, and submitted via mail.


An official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution you have attended is required prior to enrollment in the graduate program. Only official transcripts sent directly by the institution to Graduate Studies at Sarah Lawrence College will be accepted. It is the applicant's responsibility to see that official transcripts (one copy only) from all colleges and universities attended are sent directly from each school to the Graduate Studies Office (have them specify program on envelope).

Please send materials to:

Graduate Studies
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708


Applicants will be asked to submit the names of two recommenders with their online application. You should ask people who know you well enough to give an informed opinion as to your intellectual ability for sustained academic effort. If you are unable to contact former teachers, we welcome letters from others, such as employers, who can make similar assessments. Preferably, one of those should be from a person in your field of interest.


Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission to Sarah Lawrence College.

International Applicants/TOEFL Results

Individuals whose native language is not English must include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Information concerning TOEFL may be obtained by writing: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541. Request that the results are sent to Sarah Lawrence College, ETS code 2810. For more information:

Note: All materials submitted become property of Sarah Lawrence College and cannot be returned. This application and all the materials shall not be disclosed to any person not concerned with the professional development of the student.

Statement of Objectives and Goals/Writing Sample

Applicants are asked to please submit a personal statement [5300 characters limit] describing how your academic, extracurricular and life experiences have shaped your interest in genetic counseling. What personal characteristics do you posses that will help you to be successful both in graduate school and the genetic counseling profession. We are interested in your story, what brought you here and what insights you have gained along the way. 

Application Deadline

December 15

Applications and supporting documentation are required by December 15 prior to the fall of expected matriculation. Application deadlines are the same for non-U.S. applicants as for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


Interviews are arranged by invitation AFTER all materials have been reviewed. Selected candidates will be contacted in February or March with the invitation to schedule an interview. Please note, invitations for interviews do not all go out on the same day for our program, given the large number of applicants. A personal interview is required as part of the admissions process but Skype interviews will be considered on a case-by-base basis for qualified candidates unable to visit the College. For more details about what to expect during the interview please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

Sarah Lawrence College admits students and selects employees regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national or ethnic origin and thereafter accords them all rights and privileges generally made available to students or employees at the college. The College is strongly committed to basing judgments about individuals solely upon qualifications and abilities and to protecting individual rights of privacy, association, belief, and expression.

Next Steps

Ready to apply?
You may apply to the Human Genetics graduate program using our online application. All instructions are included with the application.

Need assistance or more information?
Contact Emanuel Lomax, Director of Graduate Admissions, at (914) 395-2371.

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