International Applicants

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

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
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biostatistics (statistics)

Strongly recommended:

  • Bioinformatics

Additional Criteria:

  • Relevant laboratory research experience
  • Excellent references with assessment of research expertise and aptitude.

Note: Applicants with medical degrees generally do not qualify for this Program as they lack advanced-level coursework in genetics and related laboratory research training.

See Frequently Asked Questions for answers to questions such as:
Do I need to find a supervisor before applying?  Who to choose as an appropriate referee? etc.

English Language Proficiency Requirement:

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must submit a TOEFL (academic, not general) or an Academic IELTS test score.
  • Applicants with degrees from countries such as Europe, 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 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

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.

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.

If your TOEFL/IELTS test score is below the minimum required by this Program, your application will likely be rejected.

If you meet the above admission requirements, proceed to:

Submitting TOEFL and IELTS Scores

Application Preparation & Review