The admissions process at Northwestern University begins in early October and ends with the national acceptance date, which varies by year (end of April to the beginning of May). Please see Application and Deadlines for more specific dates, or view the admissions guidelines for more information about the national acceptance guidelines. The number of applications varies from year to year, but in general Northwestern receives approximately 250 applications per year from students of diverse backgrounds. The online application process opens in October and the deadline is generally in early January.
The applications are reviewed by the program's leadership. Seventy-seven applicants are invited to Northwestern for interviews, which are held in late March and April. Applicants have the opportunity to meet with multiple faculty members and current students, providing an in depth view of the Northwestern program. The interview process is critical to the admissions process, allowing faculty and program directors to learn about the applicants, and applicants to determine if Northwestern is the best choice for their graduate education. Offers are extended on the national acceptance date. There are a total of 20 students in each class.
The Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS) beginning with admissions for Fall 2018. The GC Admissions Match has been established to enhance the process of placing applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The Match uses a process that takes into account both applicants’ and programs’ preferences. All applicants must first register for the Match with NMS before applying to participating genetic counseling graduate programs. At the conclusion of all program interviews, both applicants and programs will submit ranked lists of preferred placements to NMS according to deadlines posted on the NMS website. The binding results of the Match will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April.
Please visit the NMS website to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.
The application deadline for Fall 2018 admission is Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST.