Each student in the genetic counseling program designs and carries out his or her own independent research project on a topic of interest to them.

Students have coursework specifically related to their research beginning in the spring of their first year and through the spring of their second year. Students receive guidance throughout the process from the program's research adviser, data analysis specialist on faculty at Brandeis, a faculty member who serves as their thesis adviser and other members of their thesis committee. The master';s thesis is submitted to the Brandeis Institutional Repository as a requirement for graduation.

The program requires all students to formally present their research to students, faculty and committee members prior to graduation, and submit their abstract for presentation at the National Society of Genetic Counselors' annual education conference or another professional meeting. We also encourage students to publish their findings, and we require that every thesis is consistent with the Journal of Genetic Counseling guidelines for length, style and format.