University of Manitoba MSc in Genetic Counselling Program

Mission Statement

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.

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.

Program is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Program website:

Academic year is from  September to August.

Information about prerequisites info can be found at

  • No GRE required,
  • Holistic admissions process,
  • Accepts international students,
  • Students short-listed for potential admission into the program will be invited for a personal interview. This visit will include a meet and greet with current students, orientation session, a tour of the facilities and interviews. Please note:  in selection for in-person interviews, the GCP Admissions Committee gives first priority to Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • In-state students:   $18,000.00 CAD
  • Out-of-state students:  $18,000.00 CAD
  • International students:  $25,000.00 CAD
  • Scholarships available
  • Students in the MSc Genetic Counselling Program have been awarded the following competitive awards:
    • 41% – University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship ~$15K (annual)
    • 8% – Graduate Students Association Bursary ~$5K (on time)
    • 83% – Canada Graduate Scholarships, Masters ~$17-22K (one time – year 2)

General geographic location of internships:  Winnipeg, Manitoba

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

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives:  DEIJ training for all personnel involved in interviews/admissions, DEIJ training for clinical supervisors.

The University of Manitoba is located on the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.