Application Checklist

This webpage is to be used in conjunction with the Admission Criteria & Application Process webpage. It is a web-based version of our ASGCGP Application Checklist. A complete application to the ASGCGP includes all applicable components found below. Each component includes two parts: the first is a description and the second is "what you should know" about that component.

Requirements for All Applicants

  • Slate account

    • All applicants must apply through Slate and submit materials, as noted, to Augustana University's Office of Graduate Education.
    • You do not pay the $60 application fee in Slate until you are ready to submit your application. Applications are not complete until all materials have been received by Augustana University's Office of Graduate Education.
  • BA or BS degree

    • A bachelor's degree is required to enter the program. However, you may complete your application prior to completing your undergraduate degree.
    • While there is not a specific undergraduate major required for admission, most students entering the program will have had a variety of scientific courses, especially in the biological sciences. Click to learn about common undergraduate majors and strongly recommended undergraduate courses. While not required, the strongest candidates will have taken most, if not all, of these courses prior to admission to the ASGCGP.
  • Official transcript(s)

    • An official transcript from every post-secondary institution you have attended for at least one semester’s time is required. You will need to arrange for each college or university you have attended to forward an official transcript of your coursework to Augustana University's Office of Graduate Education.
    • Official transcripts sent through the postal system should be sent to:
                Augustana University
                Attn: Office of Graduate Education
                2001 S Summit Ave
                Sioux Falls, SD 57197
      Official transcripts sent through email should be sent to:
                graduate@augie.edu
  • GPAs

    • You will need to enter your cumulative GPA as well as your GPA in the Natural Sciences in the online application. Directions for calculating your Natural Sciences GPA are found within Slate.
    • While the program does not specify a minimum GPA, the applicant pool is competitive. The large majority of applicants have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The average cumulative GPA for admitted students 2016-2018 is 3.44, similar to the national average for genetic counseling graduate programs. Your cumulative GPA--as well as your GPA in the Natural Sciences--will be assessed, but they are only one component of your application.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores

    • You must submit official GRE scores for the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing sections. GRE Subject Tests are not required. The institution code for Augustana University is 6015; the department/major field code for genetics is 0210. Please note, GRE scores are valid for five (5) years. Please see the GRE website for more information.
    • Even if you already have a graduate degree, the program requires GRE scores from within the last five (5) years. Genetic counseling graduate programs are competitive, and the program receives applications from many applicants who have already earned at least one graduate degree. The program uses your GRE scores to assess your ability to do well in a genetic counseling graduate program and compare your abilities with those of other applicants. While the program does not specify minimum GRE scores, most applicants have at least two (2) GRE scores over 50, and the strongest applicants have GRE scores in the 60th-70th percentile. GRE scores are only one component of your application.
  • Resume or CV

    • A resume or current curriculum vitae (CV) must be submitted by uploading it to the "Upload Documents" section of your Slate application.
    • Resume/CVs, personal statements, and letters of recommendation are great places to highlight your volunteer and/or professional experiences--particularly those in which advocacy and/or face-to-face communication skills were utilized--as well as your exposure to the genetic counseling profession (e.g. shadowing).
  • Personal statement

    • You must upload a personal statement—1250 words or less—highlighting your motivation to become a genetic counselor and emphasizing your prior and current experiences and exposure to genetic counseling, and how both have prepared you to enter and will benefit you in the profession. Let us know about yourself, your life, and about your interest in this program.
    • Resume/CVs, personal statements, and letters of recommendation are great places to highlight your volunteer and/or professional experiences--particularly those in which advocacy and/or face-to-face communication skills were utilized--as well as your exposure to the genetic counseling profession (e.g. shadowing).
  • Letters of recommendation

    • You must submit three (3) reference names and email addresses on your Slate application. This information will automatically generate emails to the persons providing a reference, with instructions for completing and submitting the reference form. Letters should be from individuals familiar with your academic accomplishments, counseling-related activities, and/or potential to be a genetic counselor (e.g. academic advisors, professors, laboratory supervisors, genetic counselor supervisors of internship experiences, etc.).
    • Resume/CVs, personal statements, and letters of recommendation are great places to highlight your volunteer and/or professional experiences--particularly those in which advocacy and/or face-to-face communication skills were utilized--as well as your exposure to the genetic counseling profession (e.g. shadowing).
  • Photograph

    • You must upload a head and shoulders only photograph in Slate.
    • The photo is only for identification purposes.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • WES Evaluation

    • If you received your undergraduate degree from a country other than the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, in addition to the materials noted above, your application requires a  World Education Services (WES) Course-by-Course Evaluation Report (Basic or ICAP). You are responsible for paying for the report and having it delivered to Augustana University. Please see the WES website for more information.
    • WES will authenticate and evaluate your academic credentials, including degrees and diplomas earned abroad, and determine their U.S. equivalencies. Once WES has confirmed receipt of all required applications, documents, and fees, a report will be completed in seven (7) business days. Please see the WES website for more information about fees and to apply.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores

    • If you received your undergraduate degree from a country other than the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, in addition to the materials noted above, you must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores to prove English-language profciency. The program requies a minimum TOEFL score of 87 or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. The TOEFL institution code for Augustana University is 6015, and the department code for genetics is 06. Please see the TOEFL website or IELTS website for more information.
    • If you believe you can prove English-language proficiency via another means, please email the program at genetics@augie.edu to be considered for an exception. The program will notify you by email whether or not an exception has been granted.

Please visit the ASGCGP Admission webpage for information about the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match. Your application to the ASGCGP cannot be reviewed until you have registered for the Match.