International Applicants


Applicants are to self-assess their eligibility for the Medical Genetics Graduate Program. A competitive applicant to the MSc or PhD degree programs should meet all of the following:

Grade Point Average (GPA):

  • Check your COUNTRY of education (for minimum GPA and length of degree program) to determine if your credentials meet UBC admission requirements.
  • GPA is based on the final, overall standing (grade) achieved in your last completed degree.

Academic Prerequisites:

Recent, advanced-level courses in:

  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Statistics (biometrics)

Additional criteria:

  • Relevant laboratory research experience
  • Excellent references with assessment of research expertise and aptitude
  • Most applicants with medical degrees do not qualify for this Program as they generally lack coursework in genetics and related laboratory research training.

English Language Proficiency Requirement:

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must submit a TOEFL or academic (NOT general) IELTS test score.
  • Applicants with degrees from countries such as India, Pakistan, China, Africa, etc., where English is not the primary language, must submit a TOEFL or academic (NOT general) IELTS test score, even if the degree was taken in English.
  • Applicants whose most recent degrees are from countries where English is the primary language (i.e. Canada, USA, UK, Australia, etc.) are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS test score.
  • Official TOEFL and IELTS test reports must be written within the last two years. Applicants currently writing the TOEFL/IELTS tests must have completed their tests by the admissions application deadline.
  • TOEFL scores – request the test centre to transmit your score electronically to UBC. The UBC institution code is 0965.
  • ACADEMIC (NOT general) IELTS scores – specify the following information on the IELTS application form:
    • Name of the institution: The University of British Columbia
    • Name of person/department: Graduate School Admission
    • Address: 170-6371 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2, Canada
  • The Medical Genetics Graduate Program does not extend a conditional offer of admission to applicants who do not currently meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement.

Medical Genetics Graduate Program Minimum Test Scores for MSc and PhD Applicants:

Reading Writing Listening Speaking Overall Score
TOEFL 22 25 22 22 100 / 120
IELTS 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5 7.0 / 9.0

IELTS: The minimum requirement is an overall band of 7.0 (out of 9.0) with no band below 6.5.

Application Documents:

Applicants upload the following documents to their online application form by their deadline:

  • Statement of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official post-secondary transcripts (include one copy of the grading / marking key)
  • Degree certificate(s) (if applicable)
  • TOEFL or Academic (NOT general) IELTS test score (if required)

Do NOT submit the following:

  • Paper versions of your transcripts to the Medical Genetics Graduate Program (See FAQs for more information)
  • High school certificates
  • University workshop certificates
  • References from postdoctoral fellows or character references
  • More than three references

Applications that are not completed by the deadline will not be reviewed.

See FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page for information about:
Who should apply, when to apply, how to apply, what is required when you apply, and more!