Apply to the Program

Application Deadline

During the period between Dec. 17 and Jan. 3, the program’s office will be closed. If you are an applicant or referee and are having issues with the application system please contact: graduate.apply@ubc.ca.

The application deadline is January 9 of each year for all applicants.
Please note that the online application system opens on October 31 of each year for all applicants.

Application Process & Materials

All application documents, including referee letters, are accepted electronically. Your referees will be contacted directly by the online application system and asked to provide their reference once you have submitted your application. You will be prompted to upload your documents (except referee letters) during the application process. You can upload your documents once you have submitted your application but you can not change the entries in the application itself. Please note that you may be asked to produce hard copies of your documents at a later date.

Applicant files are kept for two application cycles unless there has been a re-application.

New Applicants

You will be asked to upload the following documents during the application process (PDF format preferred). You cannot upload your documents once you have submitted your application. Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the documents are readable and in the requested format.

Please be aware that you will not be able to delete a document once it has been uploaded. If you must upload an updated document please distinguish it from the earlier version(s) with a different file name, for example: Transcript2.pdf. Otherwise, only the first document will be selected for review.

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.
Please note: Introductions that do not meet the formatting requirements listed below will not be reviewed.

Formatting Requirements:

  • Double spaced
  • Minimum 12 point font
  • One inch margins
  • Include your first and last name in the header or footer of each page

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.

Three 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.

Referees will be contacted directly by the system once you have submitted your application. Do not upload the letters yourself.

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.

We ask that you 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.

Complete the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ online application form.

Pay the application fee. Note: application fees must be paid by credit card.

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. For more information on English proficiency requirements, visit UBC’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ website.

Reading Writing Listening Speaking Overall Score
TOEFL 25 28 25 23 101
IELTS 7 7 7 7 7

 

Re-Applicants

For those students who have previously applied to the Genetic Counselling Program, please submit the following documents. Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the documents are readable and in the requested format.

Provide a new 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.
Please note: Introductions that do not meet the formatting requirements listed below will not be reviewed.

Formatting Requirements:

  • Double spaced
  • Minimum 12 point font
  • One inch margins
  • Include your first and last name in the header or footer of each page

An updated, 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.

Re-applicants must provide at least one new reference letter.

Re-applicants must upload updated transcript(s) if new courses have been taken or if transcript(s) originally provided were not complete in the previous application (i.e. Your marks from your last term were not available).

Complete the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ online application form.

Pay the application fee. Note: application fees must be paid by credit card.

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. For more information on English proficiency requirements, visit UBC’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies’ website.

Reading Writing Listening Speaking Overall Score
TOEFL 25 28 25 23 101
IELTS 7 7 7 7 7