Frequently Asked Questions

What type of background should I have in undergrad studies to become a graduate student in Medical Genetics?

  • We look for students with a background in biology, or cell biology, or genetics, or biochemistry.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.
  • Check our website for further details.

How do I apply to the graduate program in Medical Genetics?

  • We suggest that you contact an individual researcher directly so that you can inquire about the projects available as well as to determine that there is space available to accommodate you as a new trainee.
  • It may be useful to consider an undergraduate research project during the school year or a paid summer student research program to identify a lab and research area that may be of interest to you.
  • Visit our website and fill out the application forms as indicated.

What kind of jobs can I get if I take a post-graduate degree in the Department of Medical Genetics?

A non-inclusive list of possible future careers includes:

  • Academic Scientist/Instructor: this could lead to a position as technician, research associate* or academic researcher/principle investigator* that runs a lab, teacher at a college or a sessional lecturer at a university.
  • Private Sector Scientist: You could work in industry/pharmaceutical companies (management, research, or technician), development of new technology in the context of industry, work for a scientific company (research and development or sales), Intellectual property law, biotechnology companies and service companies that perform scientific research.
  • Diagnostics and Patient Care: Clinical geneticist (MD, FCCMG)*, Genetic counsellor (MSc, CCGC or CGC)*, Clinical genetics technologist (BSc, MLT)*, CCMG Laboratory Geneticist (PhD, FCCMG)*.

*Some of the careers listed would also require further training after a post-graduate degree (MSc or PhD).