Genetic Counselling

Program Overview

The Master of Science program in Genetic Counselling is a full-time degree program that prepares students with the academic and clinical skills to provide genetic counselling. Graduates may work as part of a health-care team to gather relevant medical and family histories, to guide further investigations, and to communicate probable or established diagnoses, mode of inheritance, natural history, risk of recurrence, and associated options. This program has been accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

This program is offered by the Department of Molecular Genetics located in the Medical Sciences Building. The department has nearly 100 faculty members whose labs are located within the Medical Science Building, the Best Institute, the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, the FitzGerald Building, the Hospital for Sick Children, Mount Sinai Hospital, the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, and Princess Margaret Hospital.

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Master of Science

Program Description

The MSc program is a full-time professional degree program that prepares students with the academic and clinical skills to provide genetic counselling. Graduates may work as part of a health-care team to gather relevant medical and family histories, to guide further investigations, and to communicate probable or established diagnoses, mode of inheritance, natural history, risk of recurrence, and associated options. This program has been accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Molecular Genetics' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto B+, both cumulatively and in the final year.

  • Prerequisite courses in biology, molecular biology/genetics, biochemistry, embryology/developmental biology, statistics, and psychology.

  • The development of strong interpersonal skills as evidenced by extracurricular activity is sought in both the application and interview processes.

  • Conditional acceptance may be granted to outstanding applicants lacking the above prerequisite courses; in such instances, the courses deemed necessary must be completed with a B+ standing prior to admission.

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete 13.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 8.5 FCEs in coursework with a minimum B standing. Lectures, meetings, and rounds must be attended at a minimum of 85% of scheduled occurrences.

    • 0.5 FCE in labs

    • 1.0 FCE in tutorials

    • 1.0 FCE independent research project

    • 2.0 FCEs in clinical practicums

  • There is no thesis requirement. The independent research project consists of a limited clinical research study, an extensive literature review from a novel viewpoint, or a new case presentation involving clinical, cytogenetic, and molecular workup. Students must present the independent research project both orally and in a written format suitable for publication.

  • Students spend a minimum of 21 months over a two-year period in full-time attendance.

  • Students are required to organize an intervening summer rotation in a geographic location of their choice.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time



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