FAQs: The GC Program
How many students are accepted?
Ten students are accepted each year.
What are the average GPAs and GRE scores of the accepted students?
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.
Is it better to apply directly after completing my undergraduate degree or is it okay to take some time off to work?
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.
I'm older and want to change careers, will this work against my chance of being accepted into the program?
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.
How do you prepare students to become genetic counselors outside the classroom?
Aside from the community field placements and genetic counseling observations, during the first year, our students visit a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a cytogenetics laboratory, and attend a 3-day Human Teratogen course. Last year they also attended a one-day conference sponsored by the New England Regional Genetics Group and a one-day conference on "Adoption Consideration for Genetic Counselors" sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
We also encourage our students to become involved with the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) by sponsoring their membership while in the program. The NSGC has specific programs, etc aimed toward preparing students to become involved in the wider genetic counseling community.
Can I enroll in the program on a part-time basis?
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.
Is it possible to hold a part-time job and attend the program?
Yes, most GC students have part-time jobs.
May I contact GC students or visit the program?
No. To maintain the students' privacy - and time - we do not distribute contact information. However, if you are invited for an interview, you will have ample opportunity to speak with students as part of the day's schedule.
Are there any scholarships/financial aid available for students?
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; again, this too will be specified when acceptance to the program is offered.
Where can I find specific information on the cost of a Brandeis education?
You can more information on the following web page: Estimated Cost of Attendance (.pdf file), http://www.brandeis.edu/gsas/financing/cost.html, and Financial Aid Handbook.
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