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MSc in Genetic Counselling Program

The MSc in Genetic Counselling Program at McGill University 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 condition 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.

Our mission is to facilitate students’ development of a client-centered approach to genetic counselling practice, community engagement and lifelong learning appropriate for work in all employment settings including clinical, research, industry and academics, as well as the ability to anticipate and adapt to future developments in the dynamic field of medical genetics and genomics.

The McGill University MSc in Genetic Counselling Program is a full-time, 2 year degree program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, Inc (ACGC), located at 1660 International Drive, Suite 600, McLean, VA 22102, USA. Website: www.gceducation.org. ACGC can be reached by phone at 703.506.7667. 

McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skill and knowledge to engage productivity with diverse communities.

Notice: The University of Washington’s genetic counselling program is hosting an online panel discussion on diverse perspectives on genetic counsellor identities, Friday January 26, 12:00 – 1:30 pm EST.  If interested in attending, please register ahead of the zoom start time at: https://washington.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0udu-opjojHNINoVjSwtpHN_xRvFod7NDf


Last updated: January 12, 2024

Admission Requirements

Learn about the pre-requisite courses, credits, minimum CGPA, crisis-counselling experience, supporting letters, etc. to apply for this program.

Curriculum and Courses

Learn about the detailed curriculum of the MSc Genetic Counselling program and the courses and credits required for its completion.

Meet Our Faculty Members

See the profiles of our distinguished Genetic Counselling program faculty members.

Program Overview

Program Administration

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