International Applicants

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

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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 an Academic (not general) IELTS test score.
  • Applicants with degrees from countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, Africa, etc., where English is not the primary language, must submit a TOEFL or 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 Academic (not General Training) IELTS test reports must be written within the last two years. Applicants must have completed writing their TOEFL/IELTS 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.
  • IELTS scores – specify 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.
  • For TOEFL/IELTS scores: if your test score is below the required minimum required by this Program, your application will likely be rejected.

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.

If you meet the basic admission requirements, proceed to:

STEP 1: Application Preparation

Application Documents:

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

  • Statement of Intent
  • Resumé
  • Official post-secondary transcripts (include one copy of the grading / marking key): Final grades are required by the application deadline. Applicants who do not have final grades by the application deadline should not apply at this time.
  • Degree certificate(s) (if applicable)
  • TOEFL or IELTS test score (if required)

Do NOT submit the following:

  • Paper copies of reference letters: your referee only should send these letters to the Program and only if they choose not to submit their reference to your on-line application form.
  • High school certificates
  • University workshop certificates
  • References from postdoctoral fellows or character references
  • More than three references

STEP 2: Application Review

  1. Completed applications will be reviewed and ranked by the Medical Genetics Admissions Committee.
  2. Applicants will be emailed the status of their application: “admissible” or “refused”.
  3. Admissible applicants must finalize their place in the Medical Genetics Graduate Program by securing the commitment of a Research Supervisor who agrees to provide supervision and financial support. Admissible applicants who are offered a place in the Rotation Program secure three supervisors for their rotations.
  4. Once the admissible applicant has secured the commitment of a Research Supervisor they will be recommended for admission to the Medical Genetics Graduate Program and the University of British Columbia. Admissible applicants will then be issued an official offer of acceptance letter.

STEP 3: Following an Offer of Admission

  • Do NOT mail or courier the paper versions of your transcripts, degree certificates and WES reports to the Medical Genetics Graduate Program Office. If an applicant receives an admissions offer letter, then they must send their official documents to:

Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
University of British Columbia
6371 Crescent Rd
Vancouver, BC CANADA V6T 1Z2