Genetics

Department of Medical Genetics
Faculty of Medicine

Master of Science in Genetic Counselling (MSc)

Information accurate as of: May 3rd 2016. Retrieved from the Department of Medical Genetics website. For further details, please visit: http://medgen.med.ubc.ca/genetic-counselling/

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The MSc in Genetic Counselling balances strong academic grounding, direct clinical experiences and independent research to prepare graduates for the dynamic field of genetic counselling. Academic coursework provides a comprehensive over of molecular genetics and genomics, clinical genetics, counselling techniques and psychology and bioethics.

The program has full accreditation status by the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC). Students, upon graduating, will be eligible to apply for “Active Candidate” status for both the ABGC and the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) certification exams.

Applicants must have a minimum of a BSc or equivalent degree, and have:

  • One course in Biochemistry (an introductory course is acceptable).
  • One course in Statistics (an introductory course is acceptable).
  • One course in Embryology – If not offered at your institution, an online college or university course that provides a grade, such as the Clinical Embryology course offered by the University of Cincinnati, is acceptable.
  • One course in Molecular Genetics
  • A minimum overall average in the B+ range (equivalent to 76% at UBC) in all third and fourth year courses.
  • Academic standing with at least 12 credits of third or fourth year courses (equivalent to 4 courses at UBC) in the A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in the field of study*.

*For the Genetic Counselling Masters Program, this could include courses such as genetics, genomics, psychology, biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, embryology, cell biology, and bioinformatics.

  • A minimum of 3 months of one-on-one counselling experience(prior to entry into the program) in a setting such as a distress line, peer counselling, or rape relief centre. This experience can either be paid or volunteer. However, to be considered, your experience must include a formal training process prior to beginning your counselling experience.

Note: UBC is subject to the requirements of the Criminal Records Review Act, which means that all students who are enrolled in programs that include a practicum component involving work with children or vulnerable adults will have to undergo a criminal record check before they will be permitted to register in the practicum. If you are found to present a risk of physical or sexual abuse to children or physical, sexual or financial abuse to vulnerable adults, as a result of the CRRA Check, you will not be permitted to register in the practicum. In our program, the practicum is a required component. Therefore, you should consider this requirement carefully before applying to this program.

The following documentation is required in support of an application:

  • Submit Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Introduction: A 2-3 page personal essay, describing why you are applying to a genetic counselling program. Include how a career in genetic counselling would meet your personal goals and how your past training and experiences have prepared you for this program.
  • CV/Resume: A single* page CV (resume) outlining your academic, volunteer and work experiences. Dates should be included.*If multiple pages are submitted, only the first page will be reviewed.
  • Transcripts: Upload one copy of each institution’s transcript, scanned front and back (in colour preferably). To be considered official, all academic records must be received by you in envelopes which have been sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution. Order two official copies of transcripts from all universities/colleges attended in the event that you may be asked to provide the hard copies, envelopes included, later in the application process.
  • Three (3) letters of reference. These must be personal letters from individuals who are familiar with your work, academic abilities, volunteer experience and/or personal attributes. It is suggested that you obtain.
      • One letter from an academic reference.
      • One letter from an individual who can comment on your counselling and communication skills.
      • One letter from a reference of your choice.
  • Criminal Reference Check: Students who are enrolled in programs that include a practicum component involving work with children or vulnerable adults will have to undergo a criminal record check before they will be permitted to register in the practicum

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Genetic Counselling Graduate Program’s Admissions page for more information.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Courtnae Cameron
Graduate Program Assistant
Genetic Counselling Program
Department of Medical Genetics
Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia
4500 Oak Street, Room C234
Vancouver, B.C. V6H 3N1

Phone: 604-875-3486
FAX: 604-875-3490
Email: ubcgctp@cw.bc.ca

Department of Medical Genetics
Faculty of Medicine

Graduate Degree in Medical Genetics (MSc and PhD)

Information accurate as of: May 3rd 2016. Retrieved from the Department of Medical Genetics website. For further details, please visit: http://medgen.med.ubc.ca/

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The Department of Medical Genetics offers Master’s and PhD research-based thesis programs. Research faculty supervisors are at the forefront of their fields using cutting edge genetic, epigenetic, genomic, and bioinformatic methodologies to gain insight into diseases such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, neurodegenerative and neurological disorders, and other genetic diseases. Research is highly interactive and often involves local, national, and international collaborations which further enrich the research experience.

Individual labs conduct clinical and/or translational research and basic experimental research engaging a wide variety of approaches including the use of model organisms such as mice, flies (D. melanogaster), worms (C. elegans), and yeast (S. cerevisiae). Applicants with interests in the investigative areas listed below have an opportunity to pursue world class research in labs affiliated with the Medical Genetics Graduate Program.

Areas of Research:

  • Developmental Genetics and Birth Defects
  • Epigenetics and Chromosome Transmissions
  • Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Genetic Epidemiology and Human Gene Mapping
  • Neurogenetics and Immunogenetics
  • Stems Cells and Gene Therapy
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Clinical Genetics, Genetic Counselling, and Ethics and Policy

Minimum Admission Requirements to the MSc program include:

  • Bachelors Degree: Applicants must hold the academic equivalent of a four-year Bachelor’s degree from UBC
  • Grade Point Average(GPA): A minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses. In addition, the student must have an A grade range (80% or higher at UBC) in at least 12 credits of third- or fourth-year courses in the in the field of study (genetics).
  • Pre-requisite Requirements: Recent courses in genetics, biochemistry and statistics (biometrics); demonstrated evidence of research ability and experience; and excellent references.

PhD Admission Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements to the PhD program include:

  • Graduate Degree: Applicants normally hold a Master’s degree with a first class standing (80% or higher).
  • Pre-requisite Requirements: Recent courses in genetics, biochemistry and statistics (biometrics); demonstrated evidence of research ability and experience; and excellent references.

The following documentation is required in support of an application

  • Online Application: Completed graduate studies application form submitted online with fees paid.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. View program website for specific submission instructions.
  • Three (3) Reference Letters: References from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
  • Statement of Intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Application form opens December 1st
  • Application deadline: March 1st
  • Referees’ deadline: March 15th

Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies at UBC’s Vancouver campus provides a list of Application Deadlines for all of its graduate programs.

Please note that some programs may accept complete application packages submitted after the posted deadline date or may have other program specific dates and deadlines.

To view specific program dates and deadlines, visit the Medical Genetics Graduate Program’s Application Deadline page for more information.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Cheryl Bishop
Medical Genetics Graduate Program
The University of British Columbia
Life Sciences Centre
Room 1364 - 2350 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3

Tel: 604-822-5312
E-mail: medical.genetics@ubc.ca
Website: http://medgen.med.ubc.ca/graduate-program/