Application Process, Tuition & Financial Aid: Master of Science in Human Genetics

The Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics is the largest genetic counseling program in North America. Applicants to the program must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university. We typically interview approximately 50 percent of our applicants and accept between 25-30 students. Exact numbers of applicants, interviewees, and accepted students vary from year to year.

The application deadline for fall entry is December 15.

Apply to the Human Genetics graduate program online»

Please 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.

Application Requirements

Prerequisites

Previous college work is expected to be at 3.0 or higher and should reflect advanced course study. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required for admission. The code to submit GRE scores to Sarah Lawrence is 2810.

The following are required prerequisites for admission (to be completed before enrollment):

  • Biochemistry
  • General Biology
  • Human Embryology or Vertebrate Developmental Biology
  • Genetics (Mendelian)
  • Molecular Genetics or Cell Biology
  • Basic Chemistry
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Exposure to and/or shadowing of genetic counseling
  • Experience in a health care-related and/or advocacy organization

Additional recommended prerequisites include:

  • Physiology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Fluency in a foreign language, particularly Spanish
  • Philosophy
  • Bioethics

If you have questions about any of the courses you have taken, we highly recommend you speak with that professor or your faculty advisor to see if he/she feels the course will prepare you for graduate level work in that area. 

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 to:

Graduate Studies Admissions
Sarah Lawrence College
Attn: Human Genetics Program
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708

Transcripts

Official transcripts are not required in order to apply to Sarah Lawrence College. You may send them to us via your institution's electronic transcript delivery, but we also accept unofficial transcripts via a scanned upload in the Academics section of the application, or via mail to:

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

If your transcript is from a university where English is not the primary language of instruction, you must provide a translated copy of your transcript from a service such as WES or AACRAO. All grades must be converted to the US 4.0 GPA scale.

If an applicant is accepted and accepts the offer of admission, an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended will be required prior to enrollment in the graduate program.

Interview

A personal interview is required as part of the admissions process. Skype interviews will be considered on a case-by-base basis for qualified candidates unable to visit the College.

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: Given the large number of applicants, invitations for interviews do not all go out on the same day.

Recommendations

Applicants will be asked to submit the names of at least two recommenders with their online application. Applicants should ask people who can give an informed opinion of intellectual ability for sustained academic effort.

If an applicant is 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.

Note: Please inform your recommenders that they will be receiving an e-mail from Sarah Lawrence College indicating that they have been asked to recommend you, and that the letter may be submitted electronically through a secure site.

Written Response

Please submit a personal statement describing how your academic, extracurricular, and life experiences have shaped your interest in genetic counseling. What personal characteristics do you possess 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.

Registration for Match

All applicants must register with the National Matching Service Inc. prior to completing the Sarah Lawrence Graduate Application. Once you have registered for the Match, you will receive a unique Applicant Code Number. You must enter your Applicant Code Number in the Sarah Lawrence Graduate Application. Your application will not be complete without this information.

The Sarah Lawrence Codes for the match are as follows:

11710 (2-Yr – MSc – $4-6K Scholarship)

This track is for the two-year Master of Science in Human Genetics genetic counseling program and includes a scholarship between $4,000 - $6,500 for the first year. This scholarship is typically offered to just a few applicants. If you would like to be considered for this track, please use the code 11710 in your ranking of our program. Recipients will also be considered for institutional, need-based funding.

11711 (2-Yr – MSc – $10-15K Scholarship)

This track is for the two-year Master of Science in Human Genetics genetic counseling program and includes a scholarship of approximately $10,000 - $15,500 per year. This scholarship is typically offered to just a few applicants. If you would like to be considered for this track, please use the code 11711 in your ranking of our program. Recipients will also be considered for institutional, need-based funding.

11712 (2-Yr – MSc)

This track is for the two-year Master of Science in Human Genetics genetic counseling program with no specific scholarship offered. Applicants who apply for financial aid will be considered for institutional, need-based funding. Be sure to include the code 11712 in your ranking of our program, unless you are unwilling to attend our program without one of the specific scholarships listed above.

We recommend students who are interested in attending the two year Master of Science in Human Genetics genetic counseling program to apply for financial aid and to use all three of our match codes in their ranking of our program. Limiting your rankings to 11710 or 11711 decreases the chance of a positive match with our program.

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TOEFL Results (for International Applicants)

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, visit ets.org/toefl.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Visit the Graduate Financial Aid site for a basic outline of graduate tuition, costs, and financial aid.

For more information, please contact Emanuel Lomax, Director of Graduate Admissions, or Roberta Daskin, Associate Director of Financial Aid.