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Genetic Counseling Program begins at Indiana State University

The Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program (MSGC) is an interdisciplinary program between the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University. 

Indiana State University now offers a two year master’s degree for genetic counseling.  The mission of the Program is to consistently prepare students with exceptional technical knowledge and skills in genetics, genomics, and psychological counseling that will enable them to be successful in all aspects of genetic counseling.  The program will foster an environment that helps students develop ambition for educating others and generates a passion for lifelong learning.

During the first year, students are on the Indiana State University Campus for course work and clinical experience at the Indiana State University Genetic Counseling Clinic at Union Hospital as well as other local experiences.  During the second year of the program, the students have the opportunity to be in a variety of locations for the remained of their training and clinical experiences.  Course work is online while the students are participating in six different clinical specialty experiences to gain first hand skills as a genetic counselor.  By participating in six different hospital/industrial systems, our students will have a breath of knowledge and experience that will make them competitive in any job market.

Genetic counseling is a young and quickly growing profession that began in the early 1970s with 10 graduates from Sarah Lawrence.  There are currently over 4, 000 certified genetic counselors in the United States and Canada with the demand growing more quickly than the current training programs can accommodate. 

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U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the projected growth is an incredible 29% from 2014-2024.

The Boston Globe named genetic counseling one of the "30 fastest-growing jobs by 2022" with a projected 41.2% increase in job positions

Crain's Chicago Business named genetic counseling one of the "10 most in-demand Chicago jobs in 2016 (that pay $60,000 plus)"


Contact Information

Rusty Gonser, Ph.D., Director
Phone: (812) 237-2395

Nathan Myers, Ph.D., Associate Director
Phone: (812) 237-2504

Jeff Kinne, Ph.D., Associate Director
Phone: (812) 237-2136