Master of Science in Genetic Counseling

ASGCGP welcomes the Class of 2020!

The ASGCGP welcomed the Class of 2020 at the beautiful Sanford Imagenetics building in Sioux Falls. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Cassie Hajek (Sanford Imagenetics), Lindsey Schmidt, Shea Bonine, Alyssa Sherwood, Malia Triebold, Sydney Strait, Joe Kippley (Sanford Imagenetics), Gillian Halter, Aaron Baldwin, Annina Cooper, Sarah Gould, Karina Skov, and President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (Augustana University).

About the Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Graduate Program

The Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Program (ASGCGP) is a collaborative program among Augustana University, Sanford Health, and numerous other partners. It is the only ACGC-accredited program in South Dakota. The ASGCGP welcomed its first class in Fall 2016 and its second class in Fall 2017. Beginning Fall 2018, the program expanded its cohorts to 10 students per year.

The ASGCGP is a two year, full-time program, in which the student learning experience equally involves classroom learning, hands-on participation, and clinical rotations. While the first year is more heavily weighted toward classroom learning, students begin to have clinical patient interactions in their first semester. During the second year, the balance shifts away from classroom learning toward a richer clinical experience. Classes and rotations take place face-to-face Monday-Friday during typical business hours, with a few additional evening and weekend activities.

All students enrolled in the program spend their first academic year in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota area, whereas half of second-year students train in the Sioux Falls area and half train in San Diego, California. Students in both locations are connected with each other through technology and frequent communication. Each location has unique opportunities, and both have been ranked among the “Happiest Places to Live”.  Students may indicate a second-year location preference upon applying and will know their second-year location prior to accepting an offer; however, both locations have a limited number of spots.

Our Mission

The mission of the Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Graduate Program (ASGCGP) is to provide an education of enduring worth that cultivates wisdom and advances patient care by developing genetic counselors into astute communicators, scholarly professionals, and engaged members of their communities.

The ASGCGP seeks to train well-rounded genetic counselors and give them a strong foundation in both genetic science and interpersonal communication skills.

Our graduates will:

• Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Display strong scientific and empathetic foundations.
• Demonstrate the capacity to function as genetic counselors in fast-paced, real-world settings.
• Exhibit collaboration and relationship-building skills.
• Produce meaningful graduate research projects.
• Understand and appreciate the far reach of genomics (e.g. personalized medicine, business, diversity, media).

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Augustana's educational programs (including its admission practices) are non-discriminatory with respect to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, or disability. Augustana strives to assure its academic programs and services are accessible to students with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations for known disabilities to the extent required by law.


Augustana University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the bachelor's and master's levels.

The Augustana-Sanford Genetic Counseling Graduate Program at Augustana University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, Inc., 7918 Jones Branch Drive, Ste. 300, McLean, VA 22102. Telephone: (703) 506-7667

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