Overview and Objectives

The Brandeis University Master of Science (M.S.) in Genetic Counseling Program is a 21-month fulltime graduate program that provides strong didactic coursework, close mentoring, and varied experiences in the field.  During their training, students will build a strong knowledge base and develop critical thinking and communication skills that will enable them to work effectively in a variety of settings.  The Program incorporates many voices into the curriculum including genetic counselors, physicians and other providers in both clinical and non-clinical practice as well as individuals and families impacted by genetic conditions and professionals who provide services to, or advocate for, them.

Students who successfully complete the Program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a strong knowledge base in human and molecular genetics and genomics
  • Identify the clinical features, natural history, inheritance, and available treatment for a variety of congenital anomalies and genetic conditions
  • Gather, document and assess pregnancy, medical and family history information
  • Evaluate, appropriately select, interpret and explain results of laboratory tests utilized across multiple clinical settings
  • Apply short term counseling techniques to help patients understand complex information, facilitate decision-making and adjust to difficult news
  • Support individuals and families from diverse backgrounds who are impacted by genetic conditions
  • Address the social, legal and ethical issues surrounding genetic testing and counseling
  • Design and implement a quantitative and/or qualitative research project
  • Appreciate the role of a genetic counselor in patient-facing, laboratory, research, and industry settings
  • Demonstrate proficiency of all required content areas within the Practice Based Competencies put forth by Accreditation Counsel of Genetic Counseling (ACGC)
  • Successfully sit for the American Board of Genetic Counseling’s Certification exam