McGill University

Mission Statement

The MSc in Genetic Counselling Program at McGill University is a 2-year, nonthesis program of study that provides the academic foundation and clinical training required for the contemporary practice of genetic counselling. Our mission is to facilitate students’ development of a client-centered approach to genetic counselling practice, community engagement and lifelong learning appropriate for work in all employment settings including clinical, research, industry and academics, as well as the ability to anticipate and adapt to future developments in the dynamic field of medical genetics and genomics.

Program is located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Academic year is from  September to April.

Information about prerequisites info can be found at

  • No GRE required,
  • Holistic admissions process,
  • Accepts international students,
  • Four of our five students admitted each year must have a working knowledge of the French language.
  • In-state students:  $10,000.00 CAD
  • Out-of-state students: $22,000.00 CAD
  • International students: $60,000.00 CAD
  • Student work opportunities
  • Scholarships available
  • Work study available

General geographic location of internships:  Montreal for most core rotations, supplemented occasionally by remote rotations out of province, plus external summer rotation that can be anywhere in the world, as long as there are no pandemic-related travel restrictions.

Currently have Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives as part of the program

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives:  Mandatory Department-wide workshop and voluntary monthly noon workshops for teachers led by Social Accountability and Community Engagement Office, employment equity program in hiring, admissions policies.

McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skill and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.