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 7918 Jones Branch Drive. Ste 300, McLean, VA 22102, web address  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.


Join us for a Genetic Counseling Virtual Career Fair on September 20th, 2022 from 12-3 pm ET and October 6th, 2022 from 2-5 pm ET to learn about this rewarding and exciting healthcare profession, as well as visit with over 50 Master's Degree training programs! Learn more and register to attend here!

Admission Requirements

Learn about the pre-requisite courses and credits, minimum CGPA, crisis-counselling experience, personal statement, letters of reference, etc. required 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.

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