MSc in Genetic Counselling Program

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.

The McGill University MSc in Genetic Counselling Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, Inc (ACGC), located at 7918 Jones Branch Drive. Ste 300, McLean, VA 22102, web address  ACGC can be reached by phone at 703.506.7667. 

For detailed information regarding the MSc in Genetic Counselling Program, please consult the following links:

  1. Overview
  2. Administration
  3. Curriculum
  4. Application Requirements

Additional Information: 

  • To access a repository of information on North American genetic counselling programs collected by the Western States Regional Genetics Network, click here.
  • To access FAQ's for prospective genetic counselling applicants on the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors website, click here. This site also includes a recording of the Nov. 5, 2020 webinar, “Genetic Counselling Training Programs in Canada: Q&A for Prospective Students here
  • If you are considering a career in genetic counselling, clickPDF icon here (poster) and here (video) for information from the National Society of Genetic Counselors (USA).
  • For more information about applying to genetic counselling programs from the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors, click here.
  • To read the "Prospectives" in Genetic Counseling newsletter created by the Student/New Member Special Interest Group of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, click here.
  • To learn about genetic counselling and what genetic counsellors do, follow this free online course for healthcare professionals developed by UK-based FutureLearn:
  • For information about a summer internship opportunity at the University of Iowa (USA) for candidates interested in a career in genetic counselling, please see here.
  • Do you consider yourself to be underrepresented in the genetic counseling field? Please consider taking Katie Huang’s anonymous survey to identify barriers faced by underrepresented applicants applying to genetic counseling programs. This study hopes to bring attention to the barriers underrepresented applicants face so that the genetic counseling community can begin to address them. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in an optional raffle for a gift card upon completion of the survey.

    Click here for more information about an important study from current genetic counseling student Katie Huang:

    (‘Underrepresented’ includes but is not limited to age, ability status/disability, citizenship status/natural origin, education background, English as a second language, first-generation college student, gender identity or expression, medical condition, multicultural background, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and veteran status)

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