Canadian / USA Applicants

A competitive applicant to the Medical Genetics MSc and PhD degree programs must meet the following admissions criteria:

MASTER OF SCIENCE (MSc)

 Grade Point Average (GPA)

Applicants to MSc studies must hold the academic equivalent of a four-year Bachelor’s degree from UBC including:

  • Minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC) in third- and fourth-year courses; and

A first class standing in upper-level courses in:

  • Genetics and/or genomics

And also in one or more of the following:

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biostatistics (Statistics)
  • Bioinformatics (i.e. MICB 405 or equivalent)
Additional Requirements
  • Relevant laboratory research experience
  • Excellent references with assessment of research expertise and aptitude

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DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD)

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Applicants to PhD studies in Medical Genetics  normally hold a MSc degree in genetics or a related field. In exceptional cases, highranking applicants may be eligible for admittance to PhD studies directly from an honours Bachelor’s degree.

Applicants must have a first class standing in upper-level courses in:

  • Genetics and/or genomics

And also in one or more of the following:

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biostatistics (Statistics)
  • Bioinformatics 
Additional Requirements
  • Relevant laboratory research experience
  • Excellent references with assessment of research expertise and aptitude

Applicable to MSc and PhD Applications:

More Admissions Information:
Application Documents

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

  • Statement of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official post-secondary transcripts (issued by the university, not web  transcripts) and include one copy of the grading key (usually found on the back of the transcript).
  • References (3). Referees’ deadline is the same day as the application closing date.

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

Following Application Review

MSc and PhD applicants deemed admissible by the Medical Genetics Admissions Committee must finalize the commitment of a research supervisor in the Department of Medical Genetics before they receiving an offer of admission.