Rankings for Programs

The 2019 Genetic Counseling Admissions Match

Things to Know

  1. The list of preferred applicants you submit to the Match is called a Rank Order List.
  2. You must enter and certify a Rank Order List in the NMS Match System by the Rank Order List deadline for each track offered by your program in the Match.
  3. If you have no acceptable applicants to rank for a track, you should certify a Rank Order List with no ranks.
  4. If a track no longer has positions available, you must withdraw the track from the Match.

Key Dates

NMS Match System Opens For Rankings April 2, 2019
Rank Order List Deadline April 16, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET


The Matching Algorithm is designed such that it cannot be gamed or manipulated.

The only strategy is to rank your choices in order of your true preferences, without considering how you expect to be ranked by any applicant.

Rank all applicants that would be acceptable. Submitting a longer list of applicants may reduce your chances of being left with unfilled positions.

Do not rank any applicant that you consider unacceptable (i.e., you would not want to be matched to that applicant, even if you may not fill a position). You can only be matched to applicants that appear on your Rank Order List.

Certify Your Rank Order List

You must certify a Rank Order List in the NMS Match System in order for it to be used in the Match. Certifying your Rank Order List lets NMS know it is ready to be used in the Match.

You can make changes to a list even after it is certified, until the Rank Order List deadline. If you change a list that has been certified, the list will become uncertified and you will have to certify the list again before the Rank Order List deadline in order for the list to be used in the Match.

Programs with Special Requirements

  • No Applicants to Rank

    If a track has position(s) available that you would like to fill but you have no acceptable applicants to rank for the track, you should certify a Rank Order List with no ranks using the NMS Match System. This indicates to NMS that the track is still active and you want your position(s) to be shown as available to applicants after the Match.

  • Reversions

    Programs offering more than one track may find it helpful to use the "reversion" mechanism to increase the likelihood of filling all positions in the program. This may be especially useful for programs offering tracks at different locations or with different levels of funding.

    Reverting unfilled positions allows you to move one or more positions that remain unfilled from one Rank Order List to a second Rank Order List, so that an attempt can be made to fill the available position(s) with applicant(s) on the second list.

  • Multiple Lists

    Most programs will need to submit only one Rank Order List for each track in order to match with the most desirable applicants. However, some tracks may have special requirements that can only be satisfied by submitting more than one Rank Order List for a single track. This feature is useful if a track needs to recruit a mix of applicants with specific characteristics (e.g., language fluency, school of graduation, undergraduate major, etc.). To accomplish this, you must divide your track's available positions into separate types, designate how many positions to allocate to each type, and submit separate Rank Order Lists for each type of position..

Guide to the NMS Match System

Consult the NMS Match System Guide for detailed instructions for using the NMS Match System.

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