The deadline for all admission documents is January 11 for a Program start date of September of the same calendar year (for both Canadian/US and International Students). The application process opens November 15 to full time applicants only.  The entire application package must be submitted prior to this deadline to be considered for admission.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed:

Application Package

  • A completed Faculty of Graduate Studies online application form.
  • A written statement of purpose demonstrating a focused interest and relevant experiences as they relate to your preparedness to enter the genetic counselling profession (maximum two single-spaced pages).
  • Three letters of recommendation noting your skills and suitability for the program. One must be a "Counselling Reference" where the individual describes the applicant's counselling abilities and experiences. 
  • Curriculum vitae (Information on creating a CV).
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency.
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including in progress courses.  For non-credit courses, a letter from the instructor is permitted.
  • Non-refundable application fee.
  • Registration for the Genetic Counselling Admissions Match.

Program leaders, the admissions committee, and interviewers have received education in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion supporting a fair review process for each applicant.

Personal Interview

Students short-listed for potential admission into the program will be invited for a personal interview in March and April. Depending on the evolving public health and travel recommendations due to COVID-19 pandemic, interviews may occur remotely. 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.

Genetic Counselling Admissions Match

Three students will be accepted into the program each year. The University of Manitoba GCP participates in the Genetic Counselling Admissions Match for a 2 year MSc program, track number 12710. All applicants are required to register with the match, prior to applying to participating programs. The GC Admissions Match has been established to enhance the process of placing applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The Match uses a process that takes into account both applicants’ and programs’ preferences. All applicants must first register for the Match with NMS before applying to participating genetic counseling graduate programs. At the conclusion of all program interviews, both applicants and programs will submit ranked lists of preferred placements to NMS according to deadlines posted on the NMS website. The binding results of the Match will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April. Please visit the NMS website to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works