Masters in Medical Genetics & Genomics


Hayward Genetics Center

The application process for Fall 2024 begins September 1, 2023.


MCATs/GREs and DATs are no longer required to apply, however they can be provided if they could enhance a student’s application.  For example, a good MCAT or GRE score may help offset a lower GPA.  Please contact Kelsey Muchacho at or Dr. Karen Weissbecker at with any questions.  Thank you!


Program Overview

The Hayward Genetics Center offers a 1-year, post-baccalaureate Master in Medical Genetics and Genomics. This multidisciplinary program gives graduates an in-depth understanding of the rapidly advancing field of clinical human genetics. It is designed to prepare qualified individuals for careers in the health sciences, and to provide an educational experience that will enhance the opportunity of being admitted into a postgraduate professional school such as medical school or PhD programs.

  • Most of our students are pre-med, and while it varies from year to year, we estimate that over 90% of our graduates who apply to medical school or osteopathy school have been accepted in subsequent years.
  • In addition to medical school, graduates from our program have also gone on to other careers including dental school, PhD programs, genetic counseling masters programs, and working with biomedical technology companies.
  • The curriculum includes courses that cover the same material as the Tulane Medical School’s first year Genetics course and first year Medical Biochemistry course.
  • We offer clinical shadowing opportunities in the Tulane Genetics clinics.

"The master’s program was an incredibly enriching experience that allowed me to strengthen my candidacy and successfully gain admission to medical school. Through the literature-based paper requirement, I had the opportunity to explore my interests and pursue scholarly research on the lived experience/psychosocial aspects of rare and undiagnosed genetic diseases. I have also received valuable ongoing mentorship through the program, which has allowed me to sharpen my future goals of becoming a physician-investigator and pursuing a medical specialty with a genetic component."

-Ilaria Simeone, Class of 2023

To request more information regarding the Masters program please contact:

Dr. Karen Weissbecker
Director of Graduate Education
Hayward Genetics Center
Tulane University School of Medicine
1430 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2699
Telephone: 504 988-6242


Kelsey Muchacho
Administrative Program Coordinator
Hayward Genetics Center
Tulane University School of Medicine
Telephone: 504 988-5101