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University of British Columbia
Master of Science in Genetic Counselling Program

Location: Vancouver, BC
Program Length:  21 months (2 full academic years)

The UBC GC program is largely an internship based program. Our students start their clinical rotations in their second month of studies and continue in clinical rotations throughout the program.

Our Mission: The UBC MSc GC Program develops future generations of genetic counsellors for patient care, research and education.
Our Vision: Genetic counsellors are essential partners and leaders in care, research and education.

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Prerequisite Information 

  • GRE –
  • International students –
  • GPA requirement =  3.3
  •  Interviews – Virtual
  • In province: $43,704.20 CAD
  • Out of province: $43,704.20 CAD
  • International: $50,067.60 CAD
  • On-campus work opportunities –
  • Match and/or Application Waivers – ❌
  • Victoria, BC and Vancouver, BC
  • Rotations include preconception, prenatal, pediatric, adult, cardiac, cancer, biochemical diseases, Alzheimer, fertility, laboratory
  • Flexible summer rotation opportunities –

Initiatives include admissions process as well as curriculum content. In admissions, we offer an entrance scholarship committed to increasing diversity in the profession and train our admissions committee in implicit bias and wholistic review practices. Curriculum includes specific inter-professional learning requirements in Indigenous Cultural Safety, Disability rights and Patients as Health Care Mentors. DEI and J activities and learning have been imbedded in our student journal club and in combined coursework that our Year One and Year Two students take together. The approach includes building foundational knowledge, practical tools with a de-colonized approach to selection of content and development of learning objectives.

The UBC Program embraces diversity of applicants, students, and genetic counselling professionals. We recognize there is much work to be done, but are proud of our efforts to date. The main strength in our program is our amazing faculty, many of whom are also our graduates.

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