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Clinical and Metabolic Genetics
Clinical and Metabolic Genetics

Master of Science Program in Genetic Counselling

The graduate Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto in collaboration with the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics at SickKids, has established a Master of Science degree in Genetic Counselling. The first class was accepted for the 1998/1999 academic year. The program incorporates academic and clinical training to provide students with the knowledge and skills to function as competent genetic counsellors in a variety of settings. The program was designed in accordance with the practice-based competencies of The American Board of Genetic Counseling. Our internationally distinguished faculty is committed to:

  • Comprehensive and compassionate genetic counselling
  • Leading edge research in the diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases
  • Excellence in education

Cheryl Shuman, MS, CGC Program Director
David Chitayat, MD, FABMG, FACMG, FCCMG, FRCPC Medical Director
Katie Lancaster, Education Coordinator

Further information about this program can be obtained by contacting:

Graduate Department of Molecular Genetics
University of Toronto Medical Sciences Building,
1 King's College Circle
Toronto, ON
M5S 1S8
Email: Molecular.medgen@utoronto.ca

See more information about our Genetic Counselling services.


  1. Royal College External Review 2009 (Accredited).  This is a mandated five-year review of all branches of clinical and laboratory medicine and surgery, except family medicine. The "General Standards of Accreditation" can be located here.
  2. CCMG Accreditation (Accredited) 2010
    Accredited as a comprehensive centre for service and training. This is a comprehensive mandated five-year re-application for accreditation to the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists.
  3. American Board of Genetic Counselling (Full Accreditation) 2009
    The ABGC establishes and maintains criteria for graduate-level education and clinical training of genetic counsellors.

Ontario Council of Graduate Studies 2004 (Accredited - M.Sc. Program in Genetic Counselling)
OCGS is an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities and strives to ensure quality graduate education and research across Ontario. OCGS conducts quality reviews of graduate programs.