The applicant pool for an MSc in Genetic Counselling is very competitive. We receive a high number of qualified applicants every year. Successful candidates demonstrate a focused interest in and understanding of genetic counseling in their applications and generally exceed minimum application requirements listed below. 

Required Academic Background

  • 4-year Bachelor's degree (120 credit hours)
  • Genetics (at least 3 credits, Human Genetics recommended)
  • Psychology (at least 3 credits)
  • Minimum 3.7/4.5 GPA or equivalent in the previous 60 credit hours of university study (See how FGS does CanadianAmerican and International GPAs conversion)

Due to COVID-19, the University of Manitoba GCP will accept a "pass" or "complete" grade in required/recommended courses for the Spring 2020 term, with appropriate explanation noted on the official transcript. Grades of "pass" or "complete" will not be included in the GPA calculation.

Recommended Academic Background

  • Statistics
  • Human Embryology or Developmental Biology
  • Human Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Research Experience: this could include graduate, undergraduate, work or volunteer experiences which provide exposure to the research process, study design and scientific inquiry.

Required Experiences

  • Counselling Experience: training and experience in applying counselling skills and techniques to support individuals with personal, social or psychological problem and/or difficulties. This could include paid or volunteer work experiences with social service agencies, planned parenthood or with distress/crisis counselling organizations, mobile crisis units, etc. In person or telephone experiences preferred, but text/chat accepted.

Recommended Experiences

  • Exposures to genetic counsellors: This could include volunteer or paid work, shadowing of live or simulated GC sessions, interviews, courses/webinars, etc.
  • Advocacy work/volunteering: advocacy/support group experiences, community outreach/foundations, professional organizations.

Applicants are also recommended to review the
Application Procedure, Frequently Asked Questions, and Resources for Prospective Applicants pages when preparing to apply.