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The Master's of Science in Genetic Counseling is a 65-credit program with three main areas of focus: coursework, research and clinical experience. The curriculum includes core coursework in science, counseling and ethics, as well as courses in bioinformatics and translational medicine. Courses in research design and execution prepare students to complete original research, culminating in their master's of science thesis.

Clinical and observational experiences expose students to a variety of practice areas including: preconception, prenatal care, pediatric and adult genetics, cancer, cardiology, infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, public health, laboratories and industry. Upon completion of the program, the graduate will have acquired the ACGC Practice-Based Competencies. Graduates are prepared to sit for the national certification examination.

If you have admissions questions, contact Graduate Admissions at or (908) 737-4723.

M.S. in Genetic Counseling

For more information contact:

Jill M. Fischer, M.S., C.G.C.
Director, Department of Genetic Counseling
Phone: (908) 737-6159
Location: NAAB-215

I think of genetic counseling as a skill set, combining medical knowledge, an understanding of complex science and the ability to communicate such. If we think about our profession as this skill set, there are no boundaries limiting what we as genetic counselors can do.

Jill Fischer, MS, CGC
Director, Department of Genetic Counseling
Jill Fischer Genetic Counseling Graduate Program

Cougars Climb Higher

At Kean, we believe learning and professional growth extend far beyond the walls of our classrooms. That's why we encourage you to take advantage of a variety of research opportunities, internships and more that we offer to advance your career and set the stage for continued success.

Group Summer Scholars Research Program (GSSRP)

This six-week research experience pairs high school students with a faculty mentor to conduct scientific research

Group Summer Research Program
Group Summer Scholars Research Program (GSSRP)

Research First Initiative

Freshman honors students choose a research track, join a faculty-led research team and conduct real-world experimental research as part of their STEM education.

Kelly Bachovchin STEM student
Research First Initiative

The Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship

An incubator and accelerator for regional startup biotechnology companies doubles as a powerhouse for Kean students looking to launch biotech careers.

Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship student
The Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship


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The Kean University Master's program in Genetic Counseling is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). 

Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling
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