Degree and Coursework
- Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, psychology, social work, nursing, or a related field
- Undergraduate course work: at least one semester/quarter each of:
- General biology
- General and organic chemistry
- General or human genetics
- Molecular biology or cell biology
In general, the science courses above should be at a level required for a biology major or a premed track. Please consult your academic advisor for help in choosing the correct courses.
Grade Point Average
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
- Applicants with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered if they have post degree coursework demonstrating higher grades or another graduate degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- General GRE is required (No subject examination is required)
- The GRE must be taken no later than December for admission in the fall (Official scores must be taken no more than five years before the intended quarter of entry and must come directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS))
- Official scores must be sent using 1565 as the institution code and 0210 as the program code
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Nonresident applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language or International English Language Testing System.
- The minimum acceptable paper-based TOEFL score is 600
- The minimum acceptable computer-based TOEFL is 100
- The minimum acceptable IELTS score is 8.0 overall and 8.0 on each of the sections
Suggested, but not required
- Counseling Experience: Applicants are encouraged to have some counseling experience which may be obtained in a number of ways, including, but not limited to crisis counseling, peer counseling, domestic abuse, or planned parenthood
- Genetic Counseling Exposure: Shadowing a genetic counselor or having a genetic counseling internship are both valuable experiences, however, we understand these may be difficult to arrange. Speaking with a genetic counselor about the field is also a valuable experience.
- Exposure to people with a chronic illness or a disability through volunteer work with Special Olympics or camps specific for children with disabilities.
- Laboratory experience
- Research experience
- Varied volunteer and work experiences
Northwestern values many different experiences in our applicants including past work and life experiences. We accept both applicants who have recently graduated, and those who have worked for several years before making the decision to attend graduate school.
If you have any questions regarding admissions requirements, please contact the graduate program at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-503-7113.
Note: It is the policy of Northwestern University not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, handicap, or veteran status in matters of admission, employment, housing or service or in the educational programs or activities that it operates, in accordance with civil rights legislation and University commitment. Northwestern University reserves the right to change without notice any statement concerning, but not limited to, rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses.
For More Info
If you have any questions regarding admissions requirements, please contact the graduate program 312-503-7113