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MGC Training Program

Davidge Hall

The University of Maryland School of Medicine offers a Master's in Genetic Counseling Training Program for motivated individuals interested in becoming part of the expanding field of medical genetics. The program addresses the growing need for clinically oriented genetics professionals who understand the impact of the developing field of human genetics on individuals, families and the community. The objective of our program is to train well-rounded master's-level genetic counselors with a thorough understanding of the complex issues inherent in this field.

Genetic counselors need to be able to educate lay people, medical professionals, as well as community groups. They require a solid background not only in all aspects of clinical genetics, but in laboratory and research techniques as well. The field of genetic counseling is rapidly changing, and it is essential for genetic counselors to understand the diverse roles they have in a wide range of clinical settings. Our clinically oriented program provides students with a strong foundation in medical genetics, while addressing the psychosocial and ethical aspects of genetic counseling. Diverse clinical rotations and laboratory experience throughout the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area are offered to give students a wide variety of experience.

The Master's in Genetic Counseling Training Program is a full time two-year program (accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling) that awards the professional degree of Master's in Genetic Counseling. Graduates are eligible for board certification by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and are well prepared to enter the job market.

The Master's in Genetic Counseling (MGC) Program is based within the School of Medicine, which was established in 1807 as the nation's fifth medical school.  Core courses are taken with the genetic counseling students; additional courses may be taken within the Graduate School and Schools of Medicine, Social Work, Law, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health and Nursing, all on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus.

The Master's in Genetic Counseling Program's Mission Statement:

The MGC Program is committed to the education and clinical training of genetic counseling students to become successful, broad-based clinicians able to practice in a wide variety of settings, both clinical and research. The Program is dedicated to providing students with the knowledge of medical genetics as well as the complex legal, ethical and psychosocial issues inherent in the field of genetic counseling. We are committed to the education and training of students studying to become Genetic Counselors and recruit and develop faculty to serve as exemplary role models for our students. 

The Program accomplishes its mission by providing challenging course work, interactive seminars and conferences, and diverse laboratory and clinical rotations to its students in a nurturing atmosphere, conducive to learning.

The MGC Program is continually changing and maturing with each new class.  Student feedback is incorporated in the curriculum and clinical training and is highly encouraged. Students, faculty, and staff of the MGC Program come to know each other well.

We are excited to have you join us at the University of Maryland's Master's in Genetic Counseling Program as you begin your career as a genetic counselor.