McGill University - Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Medicine
6th Floor, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler
Montréal, QC
Canada H3G 1Y6

Genetic Counselling (M.Sc.)

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Genetic Counselling/Counsellor
Description The MSc in Genetic Counselling Program provides the academic foundation and clinical training required for the contemporary practice of genetic counselling. Genetic counsellors are health professionals who provide information and support to families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions. Genetic counsellors investigate the problem present in the family, analyze inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence and review available options with the family. Some counsellors also work in administrative and academic capacities, and many engage in research activities.
Website: Genetic Counselling (M.Sc.) at McGill University - Faculty of Medicine
Course Based? Yes
Length: 2 Year(s)
Cost per year:
Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%): 70 to 74
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 250] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Work Experience
Successful applicants to this program must have obtained some experience (either paid or volunteer) working in a role requiring one-to-one contact with other adults in a counselling capacity. This experience may be obtained, for example, as a worker at a drop-in or telephone distress center, as a pregnancy counsellor for Options for Sexual Health or Planned Parenthood, or as a volunteer in student services counselling. Many applicants believe that experience in a clinical genetics centre is desirable. While such exposure can enrich an already strong application, we recognize that it is not available to every applicant, and cannot replace the type of experience gained as a one-to-one counsellor. Interview also required.

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.
* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: January 31, 2018