Application FAQs

Q.When are applications due?
A. Applications are due on January 1st for the upcoming Fall.

Q. What are the GRE and TOEFL codes?
A. GRE Institution: 3092, Department/Program: 0210, TOEFL: 3261

Q. What is the process for submitting an application to the Genetic Counseling Program?
A. Application instructions and the link to applying online can be found here. If needed, there are also instructions for accessing a paper application.

Q. How much does it cost to apply?
A. Electronic submission is $75.

Q. Does Brandeis accept electronic submission of supporting documents?
A. Yes.

Q. How can I check the status of my application submission?
A. Once you have submitted your application (paid the application fee), you can check on the status of your application materials by logging into your account. There is a self-service portal which includes a checklist which is routinely updated whenever documents are received.

Q. Is there a way to resend the recommendation request?
A. In most cases, you are able to send a reminder email to your recommender through your self-service portal. Click on the “recommendations page” link and then “edit” and you have the option to send a reminder to your recommender.

Note: Please be aware that if your recommender does not see the email in their inbox, it could be due to spam-blocking software being used to filter messages. If any of your recommenders report that they have not received the email, they may try disabling the software or looking in their spam folders.

Q. Is it permissible to submit an application if the prerequisite courses haven’t been completed?
A. Yes, but it is understood that the coursework will be completed and final transcripts will be submitted upon completion of the required courses. Please send an email to stating the name of the course, when it will be taken and when it will be completed so we have a record to place in your file.

Q. Does it matter where I take the prerequisite courses?
A. No. However, we recommend that you take the course from a 4-year college or university. Those courses are likely to be more rigorous and will provide better preparation for graduate school. Online courses from reputable colleges/universities are also acceptable. If in doubt, check with Gretchen Schneider.

Q. What if I think I have taken courses that cover the prerequisites but were titled differently?
A. Any questions about academic prerequisites should be directed to the Program Director, Gretchen Schneider, for approval or waiver. Please be sure to provide the course title and description so she can make a determination whether the course meets the prerequisite requirement.

Q. Are labs required for the prerequisites?
A. The one-year Biology course requires a lab. The others do not.

Q. Does it matter which type of volunteer experience I have?
A. Students who attend the GC program bring a wide range of volunteer experiences. Here is a small sample of community service activities: volunteering at Planned Parenthood, homeless shelters, or safe homes for those experiencing domestic violence; serving on a crisis hotline; being a camp counselor for children with disabilities; etc.

Q. If I have applied to the Program previously, how do I re-apply?
A. You will need to complete a new application. When you log back into the application system you will see that some of the information from your previous application will carry over to your new application. Your new statement of purpose should reflect what you have been doing since you last applied. It is also beneficial to submit a recommendation letter from someone with whom you’ve recently worked with in a job and/or volunteer situation.

For more information on the application process, please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.