University of British Columbia Masters Program in Genetic Counselling

Mission Statement

The UBC GC program is largely an internship based program. Our students start in their clinical rotations within the first month, and continue to 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.

Program is located in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Program website:

Academic year is from  September to April.

Information about prerequisites info can be found at

  • No GRE required,
  • Holistic admissions process,
  • Accepts international students,
  • All program admissions interviews are conducted virtually using Zoom or another similar platform.
  • For Canadian students:  Approximately $41,000 Canadian dollars ($33,000 USA)
  • International students:  Approximately $44,000 Canadian dollars ($35,000 USA)
  • Scholarships available
  • Work study available

General geographic location of internships: Greater Vancouver area – no car required

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

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives: 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.