Program FAQs

Q. How many students are accepted?
A. Ten students are accepted each year.

Q. What are the average GPAs and GRE scores of the accepted students?
A. Since we consider the application in its entirety, grades, GRE scores, recommendations and work/volunteer experience all play a vital role in the admissions process. We do not have any specific disqualifiers for either GPA or GREs.

Q. Is it better to apply directly after completing my undergraduate degree or is it okay to take some time off to work?
A. For some people, taking time off before starting graduate school solidifies their decision to do so. Some applicants have steered their undergrad path towards a Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling and are ready to continue right away. Either way, it’s a personal decision.

Q. I’m older and want to change careers, will this work against my chance of being accepted into the program?
A. Not at all, we have had a number of students who successfully made the transition; however, you will still need to have all the prerequisite courses to be considered for admission.

Q. Can I enroll in the program on a part-time basis?
A. No. The philosophy and integrity of the curriculum for the GC Program necessitates a full-time commitment. Classes and internships take place during the “business” week. Additionally, special programming, conferences, seminars, etc. occur throughout the year in a specific sequence.

Q. Is it possible to hold a part-time job and attend the program?
A. Yes, most GC students have part-time jobs.

Q. Where do students who attend the Brandeis GC Program live?
A. One of the great advantages of attending Brandeis is its accessibility by car and public transportation (subway, train, commuter rail and bus) from a wide variety of locations. This allows students to live close to Boston (in places like Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, Brookline, Roslindale, Brighton) and commute to campus for classes, or live in Waltham near campus and commute into Boston for their internships.

Q. Are there scholarships / financial aid available for students?
A. Scholarships vary from year to year. If money is available, the amount will be specified when acceptance to the program is offered. Sometimes there are Teaching Assistantships available for students who enter the Program with a Master’s or PhD in a related field. If identified; this too will be specified when acceptance to the program is offered.

Q. Where can I find specific information on the cost of a Brandeis education?
A. You can more information on the following web page: Cost of Attendance Calculator, and  the Financial Aid Handbook.