Genetic Counselling Admission Requirements


Required Prerequisites

All Applicants must register with the National Matching System (NMS). The Application Procedures page provides instructions.

  • Four-year bachelor's degree preferably in the biological sciences, including the prerequisite courses listed below in bold from a recognized university. Please note the following prerequisite courses must entirely pertain to the specified subject matter (i.e. a segment within another course will not qualify). Please also note that the application form will require you to list the course code, title and URL link to the syllabus of courses you have taken that meet the prerequisite requirements. We have indicated comparable courses at the University of Toronto (where indicated). We will not review applications that do not satisfy the prerequisite requirements. If you did not yet complete prerequisites at the time of application, you must provide proof of enrollment.
    • Biology
    • Molecular Biology/Genetics
    • Biochemistry – comparable course at the University of Toronto BCH210H1: Biochemistry 1: Proteins, Lipids and Metabolism
    • Embryology – comparable course at the University of Toronto: ANA301H1: Human Embryology. If a comparable course is not offered at your institution, a comparable online course from a recognized post-secondary institution (e.g. University of Cincinnati, Clinical Embryology) that provides a grade is acceptable.   We will accept Developmental Biology in lieu of the Embryology pre-requisite requirement if it focuses heavily on development. 
    • Statistics (an introductory course is acceptable)
    • Psychology (an introductory course is acceptable)

***We do not accept Advanced Placement (AP) courses*** 

**Please note that the Molecular Biology/Genetics prerequisite must be completed in the last 5 years or less.**

**All prerequisites must be completed by April 30.**

**Please consider applying for the next academic year cycle if you have two or more outstanding requirements.**

Academic Standing

  •  Cumulative GPA of 3.3 (77%-79%) out of a possible 4.0
  • Academic standing of a minimum of B+ in the above required pre-requisite courses. 

Experience In Counselling Setting 

  • This experience can be paid or volunteer and can include a family planning centre, a crisis intervention centre or a textline/hotline.
  • This experience should promote the development of communication and interpersonal skills. Therefore, a component of training supervision would be beneficial. This must be 1-1 counselling experience

Language Requirements

If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, you must complete an English facility exam. You must meet this requirement at the time you submit your application. You may complete any of the following tests:

TOEFL (U of T Institutional code: 0982-00)

Paper-Based Test & TWE: Overall Score 580, TWE 5

Internet-Based Test IBT: Overall Score 93, Writing/Speaking 22

IELTS: (Academic) 7.0, with at least 6.5 in each component


COPE: 76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component)

Academic Preparation Course: Final grade of B in Level 60