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University of Manitoba
Genetic Counselling (MSc)

Location: Winnipeg, MB
Program Length:  22 months

Our MSc program is a collaborative effort between the Shared Health Program of Genetics and Metabolism and the University of Manitoba Biochemistry and Medical Genetics. Student training is provided by Medical Geneticists, Genetic Counsellors, Genetic Assistants and PhD Scientists/Geneticists with a variety of expertise.

Mission: To optimize genetic health by bridging bench research to the bedside and beyond, promoting excellence in genetic health care delivery, interdisciplinary and collaborative research and education.

The objective of this program is to apply an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to exceptional academic, clinical and research training for genetic counsellors to provide advanced and personalized genomic health care in Manitoba and beyond.

Strengths of our program include:

  • a centralized provincial clinical program with a rural, remote and inner city patient population,
  • exposure to cultural and genetic isolates,
  • complementary clinical and teaching opportunities with Medical Genetics Residents,
  • multidisciplinary clinics,
  • a thesis-based research project and access to province-wide genetic and genomic research and quality initiatives.

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Prerequisite Information 

  • GRE –
  • International students –
  • GPA requirement – 3.7
  • In-province priority –
  •  Interviews – TBD
  • In province: $37,617.68 CAD
  • Out of province: $37,617.68 CAD
  • International: $51,792.40 CAD
  • Tuition reduction options –
  • On-campus work opportunities –
  • Match and/or Application Waivers – ❌
  • Scholarships available –
  • Winnipeg, MB
  • Flexible summer rotation opportunities –

The program and faculty are committed to employ principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism and anti-oppression and integrating this into course work, journal clubs, research, and rotations.  We aspire our classroom and rotations are an inclusive, respectful and supportive environment for individuals of different identifies including but not limited to gender identity, sexual orientation, abilities, race, religion or country or origin. Faculty are participating in ongoing education to foster this learning environment.  In addition, formal training in DEIJ principles is required for all personnel involved in interviews/admissions. 

We acknowledge our home and work in Treaty 1 (Winnipeg) and continued need for engagement with reconciliation. Throughout the program, conversation and learning are fostered about land displacements, socio and cultural trauma, as well at the resilience and richness of Indigenous culture.   The program and faculty hold themselves accountable to address barriers and oppression and improve from any miss-steps along the way.

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