Tuition & Financial Aid

The UBC Graduate Certificate in Genomic Counselling and Variant Interpretation is the first standalone post-professional program of its kind in Canada, offering in-depth specialized training and skills not found in other programs.

Tuition fees for the Graduate Certificate are comparable and competitive with other university post-graduate professional programs.

What Will it Cost?

The fee for each course is CAD$1000, and is due when you register for the course. The total cost for the complete certificate program is approximately CAD$4,000.

All fees for the year are subject to adjustment by UBC, and fees may change without notice.


Financial Aid:

Multiple financial awards have been secured for students in the Graduate Certificate in Genomic Counselling and Variant Interpretation.

  • Prevention Genetics International Student Scholarship – CAD$2,500 award
    • For an international student with financial hardship
    • One award given per an academic year
  • Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) Stipend – CAD$500 award
    • For a Genetic Counsellor who otherwise would not have the means to participate in the certificate program
    • One award given per an academic year
  • Medical Director’s Bursary – CAD$800 award
    • For a Genetic Counsellor currently working in the Provincial Medical Genetics Program at BC Women’s Hospital
    • Multiple awards available, given per a course, recipients are eligible to receive the bursary up to twice

If you are interested in applying for any of the funding opportunities, please submit a paragraph of consideration during the program application. Award decisions will be made by the program admission committee, and successful applicants will be notified.

We are passionate about making this graduate certificate accessible to all learners, and are continually seeking additional funding resources.

Other Sources of Funding:

Your employer may provide professional development funding, or support for continuing education programs.


Your employer may ask you to explain how this graduate certificate program is relevant to your role. These tips can help you obtain financial support for this program.

Tip 1: What value will this post-professional graduate certificate bring to your organization?

This program is designed to expand your counselling skills, as well as add to your technical skills in understanding, interpreting and applying bioinformatics principles to next-generation sequencing data. Your organization has an opportunity to offer enhanced healthcare to patients, leading to better health outcomes.

Tip 2: The graduate certificate program will qualify for CAGC and NSGC continuing education credits.

This program helps you meet your ongoing continuing education requirements, with each course offering the equivalent of at least 39 teaching hours, or approximately 39 CECs or 3.9 CEUs.

Tip 3: The program is designed for working professionals.

The part-time, 100% format offers flexibility, with an estimated time commitment of 6-8 hours per week. The program can be spread out over two years. Some parts of the program are self-paced, allowing learners to complete readings, assignments and group work on their own schedule in evenings or on weekends.


Still have questions?

Contact us at genomiccounselling.info@ubc.ca