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Genetics degree University of Manitoba

Degree Options

Degrees Offered Expected Duration
M.Sc. 2 years
Ph.D. 4 years

General Information

The department’s fundamental mission is to provide scholarship in teaching, innovative research, and best practices in patient care. This mission includes advancing the frontiers of knowledge in biomolecular research, dedication to research underpinning the prevention and treatment of genetic and other diseases, and disseminating our knowledge, discoveries, and inventions. Our activities are pursued in a respectful and collaborative learning environment with the aim to better the health of Manitobans, Canadians and individuals worldwide.

Why Study at U of M?

Excellent and dedicated faculty members work closely with graduate students, post doctoral fellows, residents in genetics, and clinical geneticists to advance our understanding of complex and diverse biological processes. BMG also participates in an accredited Royal College Training Program in Medical Genetics as well as Canadian College of Medical Geneticists fellowship training.

Our faculty are locally, nationally, and internationally recognized and have received numerous prestigious awards for their accomplishments in teaching and research. Moreover, our faculty members contribute significantly to providing health care services to individuals and families affected with genetic and metabolic disorders.

Admission Requirements

The applicant must have an appropriate background in biochemistry, genetics, or a closely related subject area, with a minimum 3.5 GPA (4.5 scale) in the previous 60 credit hours of university study, or equivalent (normally 2 years). In addition, during this period there should be no grade less than C+ in any biochemistry, genetics, or life science course deemed relevant to the proposed course of study.

Thesis-based Master’s degree (of at least 2 years in duration), or equivalent, in biochemistry, genetics, or a closely related field, from a Canadian university is required for direct admission to the Ph.D. program. In addition, a cumulative GPA of 3.5 (4.5 scale), or equivalent, in the courses taken during the Master’s program is required.

Possible Start Dates
September, January, May

Application Deadlines

Department Grad Studies
Term Start Date Canadian/US International
Fall September May 15 February 15 July 1 April 1
Winter January September 15 June 15 November 1 August 1
Summer May January 15 October 15 March 1 December 1

Funding

All students currently enrolled in the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs of the department receive financial support either directly from granting agencies or through supervisors’ grants.

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