Human Genetics (M.Sc.)

Program Description

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Human Genetics (Thesis) offered by the Department of Human Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences is a research-intensive program that emphasizes comprehensive and engaging learning opportunities. The program's objective is to equip students with skills in critical thinking, literature synthesis, and scientific communication to either continue their studies or pursue professional opportunities.

The program may also be taken with the Bioethics option is an interdisciplinary academic program that emphasizes both the conceptual and the practical aspects of bioethics.

Keywords: Genomics, epigenetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, precision medicine, genetic engineering, immunology, evolution, epidemiology, embryology, developmental, biochemical, behavioural, modeling human diseases, therapies, cancer, neurogenetics, health policy, health inequalities, law, bioethics.

Unique Program Features

  • Most of the Department's Faculty members are located in affiliated teaching hospitals, reflecting the medically learned knowledge at the core of human genetic studies;
  • Departmental research interests include cancer genetics, cytogenetics, reproductive biology, neurogenetics, genomic and genetic basis of human diseases;
  • Many of Faculty members hold cross-appointments in various McGill departments within the Faculties of Science and Medicine which enables numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary research and collaboration. This includes the departments of Biochemistry, Biology, Cardiology, Medicine, Microbiology, Immunology, Neurology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Psychiatry;
  • Faculty members conduct research in labs part of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, the McGill Life Sciences Complex, the McGill University & Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, the Biomedical Ethics Unit, and the Centre for Genomics and Policy.

University-Level Admission Requirements

  • An eligible Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA
  • English-language proficiency

Each program has specific admission requirements including required application documents. Please visit the program website for more details.

Visit our Educational credentials and grade equivalencies and English language proficiency webpages for additional information.

Program Website

MSc in Human Genetics website

Department Contact

Graduate Program dept.humangenetics [at] (subject: MSc%20in%20Human%20Genetics) (email)

Available Intakes




Application Deadlines

Intake Applications Open Application Deadline - International Application Deadline - Domestic (Canadian, Permanent Resident of Canada)
FALL September 15 January 15 March 31
WINTER February 15 August 1 October 1
SUMMER May 15 October 1 March 15

Note: Application deadlines are subject to change without notice. Please check the application portal for the most up-to-date information.

Application Resources

Application Workshops

Consult our full list of our virtual application-focused workshops on the Events webpage.

Back to top