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

You may apply for Fall entry to the MS Human Genetics program using our online application system. The deadline to apply is December 18, 2020 at 5:00PM ET. 

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Please note: GRE scores are no longer required for admission to the program. You can find detailed guidance on the application requirements and admission process below.

Application Requirements

Academic Qualifications

Applicants 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. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for admission to the program.

Prerequisites

The following are required prerequisites for admission. You are allowed to have only 1 prerequisite course pending at the time you submit your application and that one course can not be your “genetics" course.

  • Genetics (Mendelian, molecular, or cell biology)
  • General Biology
  • Human Embryology
  • Biochemistry
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Psychology
  • Exposure to and/or shadowing of genetic counseling
  • Experience in health care and/or advocacy organization

Additional recommended prerequisites include:

  • Chemistry (general, organic)
  • Physiology
  • Philosophy
  • Bioethics
  • Fluency in a foreign language, particularly Spanish

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.

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 - Accepted with no scholarship)
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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Transcripts

Official transcripts are not required in order to apply to Sarah Lawrence College. However, if you are admitted and accept your offer of admission, an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended will be required prior to enrollment in the graduate program.

Unofficial transcripts for application purposes should be submitted to us via a scanned upload in the Academics section of the application. Official transcripts for enrollment purposes can be sent to us via your institution's electronic transcript delivery or mailed to us from each undergraduate and graduate institution. Our mailing address is as follows:

Graduate Admission
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.

Please note: An "unofficial" transcript is a document that has been opened and examined by the student or printed from an institution's website before being submitted to Sarah Lawrence College. Any transcript that you upload to your application is considered "unofficial."

An "official" transcript is a document that has been prepared, authenticated, and sealed by the Registrar at your college or university. To be considered official, a transcript must be mailed, unopened, to our office or sent to us electronically directly from the institution.

Curriculum Vitae

Your curriculum vitae should accurately reflect your educational background and your professional and genetic counseling-related experiences to date.

Recommendations

You will be asked to submit the names of two recommenders with your online application. You  should ask people who can give an informed opinion of 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.

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.

Personal Statement

Please submit a personal statement describing how your academic, extracurricular, and life experiences have shaped your interest in genetic counseling and prepared you to be successful both in graduate school and the profession.

Test Scores

GRE scores are no longer a requirement for  the application and will not be considered for admission to the program.

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: ets.org/toefl.

For students who have limited access to taking the TOEFL, Sarah Lawrence College will accept the IETLS as an equivalent examination.

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.

Interview

A personal interview is required as part of the admissions process. We will be holding only remote interviews. If you would like an interview in-person/on-campus, you must make a special request, at the time you are invited for an interview. In person interviews will be given on a case-by-case basis. Interviews are arranged by invitation after all materials have been reviewed. 

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.

Selection Process

The deadline to apply is December 18, 2020 at 5:00PM ET. You must have registered for the National Matching Service before submitting your application so that you can put the unique Applicant Code Number in the application in order to apply. 

After reviewing application materials, 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.

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.

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 Graduate Admissions, or Roberta Daskin, Associate Director of Financial Aid.