The Match Process

The Brandeis University Genetic Counseling Program is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS) beginning with admissions for Fall 2018.  The GC Admissions Match has been established to enhance the process of placing applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The Match uses a process that takes into account both applicants’ and programs’ preferences.  All applicants must first register for the Match with NMS before applying to participating genetic counseling graduate programs. At the conclusion of all program interviews, both applicants and programs will submit ranked lists of preferred placements to NMS according to deadlines posted on the NMS website.  The binding results of the Match will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April.

Please visit the NMS website to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.

Please bear in mind that registering with National Matching Services (NMS) is separate from submitting an application to Brandeis. Since you are not considered a viable candidate by Brandeis until you register for the Match, we suggest that you do that prior to submitting the Brandeis application.

Q. Where will I find information about the Match process?
A. Please visit the NMS website to read about an overview of the process and to understand how the Match works.

Q. Is there a deadline for NMS registration?
A. NMS suggests you register for the Match by December 15th, at which time NMS distributes a list of enrollees to all Programs for Fall 2018. NMS registration can be found here.

Q. If I have registered with NMS prior to December 15th, how will Brandeis know?
A. The Brandeis application has a field where you should enter the NMS applicant code.

Q. How much does it cost to register?
A. The Match registration fee is $100.

Q. Will NMS allow me to register if I haven’t taken the GREs yet or have incomplete transcripts?
A. Yes. GRE scores and final transcripts are not required to register for the Match. As long as you fill out the required information and pay the registration fee, you can register and will be assigned a unique 5-digit Applicant Code Number. However, you can return to your NMS registration at a later time to enter information such as GRE scores.