Virtual “Office Hours” for Prospective Applicants

Our program is offering virtual “office hours” at the times listed below, during which one or both of our co-directors will be present. This is a chance for prospective applicants to ask questions about the program, and learn about it more directly.

[All times listed in Pacific Standard Time]

  • Thursday, Jan 5, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

If you would like to attend one of the sessions, please send an email to the Educational Coordinator at, and you will be sent the Zoom details. 

Program Expansion in 2023

Beginning in September 2023, we hope to expand the UBC MSc in Genetic Counselling Program to offer 8 seats (previously 6) for incoming classes. Two of these seats will spend the first term of their second year training in Victoria, BC. The Victoria seats will be offered as a specific track within the NMS Match service, and only applicants who select this track option will match to it. This changed was approved by UBC Senate in November 2022, and is pending approval by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC).

CAGC Meet a GC Program

As of October 2022, the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) is offering prospective students a chance to connect with current genetic counsellors. For more details, please visit the CAGC website:

Exposure to the profession of genetic counselling

We recognize that opportunities to gain exposure to the field may be more limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage applicants to find alternate ways of gaining insight into the field. This can include informational interviews with genetic counsellors across different practice areas, reading the Journal of Genetic Counselling to understand the issues and the research that are active in the field, and online sources such as NSGC, CAGC, Master Genetic Counselor videos and the BCCHR Mini Med School 2016 session on genetic counselling.

Neurodegenerative Disease Interview Series: Emily Dwosh

As part of the UBC Synapse Neurodegenerative Disease Interview Series, Emily Dwosh recently discussed genetic counselling in the context of Alzheimer disease and other disorders. Watch the interview here.