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International Students


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International Students


As one of the first programs of its kind in the world, we welcome applications from both domestic and international students.

Language
Students who are non-native English speakers and have received their most recent degree from a non-English speaking institution will be required to demonstrate mastery of written and spoken English prior to application. Test scores must be submitted directly to the University of Toronto (Institutional code: 0982-00) prior to the document deadline. Exams must have been written less than 12 months prior to application. Minimum scores for consideration are as follows and align with the School of Graduate Studies minimum. More information can be found here.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language. 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

MELAB: 85

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

Transcripts
For transcripts that are not in English or French, an official English translation must be provided.

The Department of Molecular Genetics will determine international degree equivalencies for all degrees completed outside of Canada upon receipt of applications.  To get an idea of how your degree compares to a Canadian degree, you may want to use the School of Graduate Studies' International Equivalencies Tool. Note that the Department of Molecular Genetics' admission requirements are higher than the minimum requirements set out by the School of Graduate Studies.

Resources
The School of Graduate Studies and the Centre for International Experience provide extensive resources for international students. Visit their websites for details.

 

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Application Procedures


Application Procedures


Applicants to the Department of Molecular Genetics must first apply to the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) through the online admissions application. Your application will be considered only after you have entered your personal and academic information in the online application, submitted the application fee and submitted all required supporting documents. Admission is not guaranteed even if you meet the minimum requirements.

Required Supporting Documents

  • Three reference letters from professors, lab heads, medical doctors or other professionals who know you, your work and study habits. Letters typically describe the relationship of the referee to you, the project(s) you undertook, and a candid assessment of your intellectual capacity, ability at interpreting and presenting scientific data, motivation, organizational habits, and communication and interpersonal skills. Any additional information that will inform the admissions committee regarding your suitability for the professional program is helpful.

  • A scan of your official transcripts in pdf format (submitted online).

  • Your CV in pdf format (submitted online).

  • The transcript summary form in pdf format for either the clinical or laboratory stream. Please indicate if a listed course had a lab component.

  • A letter of intent in pdf format (submitted online). This letter should

    • briefly describe your previous research/clinical experience, if applicable,

    • demonstrate how your experience is relevant for the program in Medical Genomics,

    • outline your short and long term goals,

    • and highlight the impact this program will have on your career path.

  • English Exam score (only students who have completed neither their secondary nor post-secondary education in English).

All documentation must be submitted online by the document deadline date. 

Detailed Instructions

  1. Log in to the online application at https://apply.sgs.utoronto.ca.

  2. A valid e-mail account is needed to complete the online application, as the University will correspond with applicants using e-mail. Enter your personal data and contact information on the SGS online application and an applicant identification number (Applicant #) and a secure password will be e-mailed to you. You can leave and return to your application at any point. Note: You cannot change personal data after the application fee is paid.

  3. Select the program Medical Genomics listed under the Department of Molecular Genetics (see screenshot at the bottom of this page)

  4. Be prepared to submit contact information for three referees. Be sure to inform your referees that you are doing this and that the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies will be contacting them by e-mail. Also, let them know of the deadline (the letter deadline is two weeks after the application deadline). An institutional email address is required for each of your referees. If one or more of your referees does not have an institutional email address, please contact medicalgenomics@utoronto.ca, providing the referee name, title, institution, phone number, relationship to you, and a non-institutional email address. NOTE: all applications are reviewed electronically, therefore hard copies of reference letters cannot be accepted.

  5. Pay the application fee of $120 Canadian. This fee is non-refundable. The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) must receive your application fee before the Department of Molecular Genetics will review your application. When you have submitted the fee you will be able to check the status of your application. Please allow time for processing the payment by the School of Graduate Studies.
    The application fee can be paid online by VISA or Mastercard. This payment method is secure as the transaction is handled by Mirapay, a third party authorized by VISA and Mastercard. Mirapay provides the School of Graduate Studies with payment confirmation only. SGS and the University of Toronto will not have access to your credit card information. Please note that the process requires that popup blockers on your web browser be disabled.

  6. You will be asked to submit one electronic or scanned transcript from each post-secondary institution you have attended. Scanned copies must be up to date and must contain the transcript legend (usually printed on the back of a paper transcript). Transcripts submitted without a legend will not be accepted. For transcripts that are not in English, an official English translation must be provided. The admissions committee will make a decision about your application based on the scanned transcript. Please ensure that the file is complete and readable before submitting. You will not be required to submit official paper copies of your transcripts until after the committee has made it's decision. If admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript; verification of your paper transcript will be a condition that must be satisfied before registration.

  7. Once you have paid your application fee, you will be able to upload other supporting documents. A letter of intent must be submitted electronically through the online application system. Please save your file as a .pdf before uploading it to your online application.

  8. The prerequisites form must be submitted electronically through the online application system. Please save your file as a .pdf before uploading it to your online application.

  9. A Curriculum Vitae or Resume that briefly outlines all of your previous education, work experience, and interests, must also be submitted electronically through the online application system. Please save your file as a .pdf before uploading it to your online application.

  10. There is a checklist available for download that will guide you through all the required steps, and that you will upload as a .pdf as well.

  11. If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, you must submit acceptable English language facility test scores. Applications with test scores which do not meet the minimum requirements will be rejected. Minimum scores must be achieved at the time of application. For more information on acceptable tests and minimum score requirements see Language Requirements. Test scores are reported electronically to the university at your request. Use the institutional code 0982-00.

  12. International students: Please double check that you address all the requirements listed here.

APPLICATIONS MISSING ANY OF THE ABOVE COMPONENTS WILL BE CONSIDERED INADMISSIBLE.

 Program selection on the SGS website (the field "Proposed Area of Study" may be left empty).

Program selection on the SGS website (the field "Proposed Area of Study" may be left empty).

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Academic Requirements Clinical Stream


Academic Requirements Clinical Stream


The clinical stream of the M.H.Sc. in Medical Genomics addresses future and currently practicing clinicians, pharmacists, dietitians and nurse practitioners.

As genomic patient data becomes more easily available, and our understanding of clinical and metabolic genetics improves, we need doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who thoroughly comprehend and apply these findings in their practice and research. This program offers you the unique opportunity to get first-hand experience in this cutting-edge field, and be able to apply these skills in your practice and clinical research.

The minimal requirements for admission into the M.H.Sc. in Medical Genomics program are experience practicing in any of the fields, or: 

  • Medical Doctors: at least 1 year of an undergraduate medical degree from an accredited university
  • Pharmacists: A PharmD or equivalent degree in Pharmacy or Pharmacology
  • Dietitians: A PDEP accredited B.Sc. in Food & Nutrition. If B.Sc. program was not fully integrated with an internship, applicants must also have completed their dietitians internship / Master's practicum
  • Nurse Practitioners: Registration with a recognized College of Nurses, and completion of a College approved Nurse Practitioner graduate program

Applicants who have NOT completed an advanced (graduate level) degree will have obtained a minimum undergraduate B+ grade average over the last two years of study. Applicants who are entering the program following the completion of an advanced degree will have obtained a minimum undergraduate B grade average. 

 

In your application package, please include

  • Transcripts of your undergraduate program, indicating at least 2 full-course equivalents in the life sciences or related field
  • Transcripts of your medical/pharmaceutical/clinical training
  • A narrative of your clinical experience (clinical transcript summary form)
  • A narrative of how the M.H.Sc. fits into your training as a medical doctor / pharmacist / dietitians / nurse practitioner (clinical transcript summary form)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) (nurse practitioner applicants: please include your registration number with the College of Nurses)
  • A letter of intent (1 to 2 pages maximum, submitted online). This letter should
    • briefly describe your previous research/clinical experience,
    • demonstrate how your experience is relevant for the program in Medical Genomics,
    • outline your short and long-term goals,
    • and highlight how this program will have an impact on your future career path.
  • Three letters of reference from professional, academic, or other qualified referees

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
If you do not meet the requirements, you may still apply for conditional admission.

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Academic Requirements Laboratory Stream


Academic Requirements Laboratory Stream


The laboratory stream of the M.H.Sc. in Medical Genomics addresses scientists who would like to strengthen their profile in all aspects of current genomics data collection, evaluation and interpretation.

As genomic patient data becomes more easily available, more companies, universities and hospitals provide services in and around genomic data collection and interpretation. These institutions rely on specialists with abilities to generate and interpret genetic and genomic information, and the skills to use this information in clinical settings. This program gives students a unique experience in this cutting-edge field, providing them with actionable skills they will need in a professional environment.

In your application package, please include

  • Transcripts of your complete undergraduate study from a relevant discipline, with a B+ average or better over the last two years of study.
  • A narrative of your research experience (laboratory transcript summary form)
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A letter of intent (1 to 2 pages maximum, submitted online). This letter should
    • briefly describe your previous research/clinical experience, if applicable,
    • demonstrate how your academic and extracurricular activities are relevant for the program in Medical Genomics,
    • outline your short and long-term goals,
    • and highlight how this program will have an impact on your future career path.
  • Three letters of reference from professional, academic, or other qualified referees

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
If you do not meet the requirements, you may still apply for conditional admission.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions


Program Content

What is the difference between the professional Master’s and the regular Master’s program?
The professional Master’s program in Medical Genomics is a terminal degree. Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a professional Master’s in Health Science Degree (M.H.Sc.). This program is geared towards working professionals who want to increase their knowledge of genetics and genomics, and apply that knowledge to advance their professional careers. There is no thesis component to this program, instead students will enroll in courses and complete a capstone practicum project in the final semester of the two-year program.
In contrast, students enrolled in the traditional Master’s program in Molecular Genetics are awarded a M.Sc. degree, where conferment of this degree is contingent upon students completing a thesis. The majority of students enrolled in the M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics program will reclassify to the PhD program.

What is the Capstone Practicum?
The capstone practicum takes place during the final semester of the program. During practicum you will integrate and apply all of the knowledge you have gained throughout the program. The capstone practicum is the only time in the program that the lab and clinical stream students will split into two separate courses. The lab stream students will enroll in the Practicum in Modern Genomics. In this course students work in the laboratory where they will isolate genomic DNA, perform next-generating sequencing and analyze data in the context of human disease. The clinical stream students will enroll in the Practicum in Patient Management where they will engage in hands-on exercises to prepare them to integrate genomics into their clinical practice.

Is there a thesis at the end of this program?
No, this is a course-based Master’s program which does not involve thesis research. The program culminates instead with the Capstone Practicum.

Can this program be done part-time?
No - this program is currently available exclusively as a full time two-year program.

What skills will I acquire through this program?
Graduates of both streams will graduate with the knowledge and ability to:

  • Apply genetic and genomic knowledge to address to biomedical questions
  • Collaborate with physicians, pharmacists and scientists to answer biomedical questions
  • Bioinformatically analyze genomic data
  • Construct and interpret genetic testing reports
  • Communicate genetic information to a wide variety of audiences
  • Understand the current legal and ethical implications of genomic research and testing in Canada

Graduates of the laboratory stream will:

  • Graduate with the training to generate genomic sequencing data in the laboratory and analyze the results.

Graduates of the clinical stream will:

  • Graduate with the knowledge and confidence to incorporate genetics and genomics into their clinical practice.
  • Leave with a better understanding of how to communicate to patients about the implications of genetic testing.

 

Admission

What does an ideal applicant look like?
In the same cohort, students with either a medical or laboratory background move through the program together, adding their unique insights to the discussions and assignments.
Ideal applicants have demonstrated an interest in pursuing medical genomics, and candidates with experience in molecular biology and statistics have an advantage in the course work.

How many years of undergraduate studies are required for admission?
We require students to have obtained a Bachelor degree, completed at least one year of Medical School or the coursework (theoretical and practical) to become a pharmacist, dietitian or nurse practitioner.

Is there an undergraduate program of study that is most suitable for admission to the M.H.Sc in Medical genomics?
Preferred candidates have a background in molecular biology, genetics or a related field and have practical experience in a lab, have completed at least one years of Medical School, or have completed the coursework (theoretical and practical) to become a pharmacist, dietitian, nurse practitioner.

Should I apply for the Laboratory Professional or Clinical stream?
Only licensed pharmacists, medical doctors, nurse practitioners or dietitians, or students who have completed at least one year of Medical School or the coursework (theoretical and practical) to become a pharmacist, dietitian or nurse practitioner can apply for the clinical stream. Students with a B.Sc. degree should apply for the laboratory professional stream.

I didn’t major in genetics as an undergrad - can I still apply for this program?
Yes! You do not have to have majored in the life sciences in order to apply for this program. As part of your application package, you will be asked to fill out a transcript summary form; however, there are no required prerequisite courses and previous research experience is not compulsory. That said, we do recommend that students have taken courses in molecular biology or a related field.

Do I need to be licensed with a College of Dietitians?
No, but you need to have completed the theoretical and practical training. The Master's in Medical Genomic's practicum in patient management does not count towards your practicum for dietitian training! 
We do welcome applications from licensed dietitians as well!

Do I ned to be a licensed pharmacist?
You are not required to be licensed, but you do have to completed a PharmD or equivalent degree in Pharmacy or Pharmacology.
We do welcome applications from licensed dietitians as well!

Do I need to be registered as a nurse practitioner with the College of Nurses?

No, but you need to be registered as a nurse, and be in good standing witha recognized College of Nurses, and have completed your nurse practitioner graduate work. Please include your registration number in CV.
We do welcome applications from licensed dietitians as well!

Do I require transcripts from all of the post-secondary institutions attended?

Yes, you must scan and upload transcripts for all the post-secondary institutions you have attended. Applicants who attended universities outside North America must provide official English translations to accompany all foreign documentation not written in English.

How do I know if my documents have been received?
Application and document submission is done completely online. You can check your online application regularly to ensure that your referees have submitted their references.

My transcripts do not show my final year marks since my courses are still in progress. Should I wait until after my marks are on my transcripts before I order them?
No, your transcripts must be received by us by the application deadline in order for the admissions committee to review your application. If the committee feels that they need to look at your final marks prior to making a decision, you will be contacted.

Are there reference forms?
Applicants are not responsible for sending reference forms to their referees. All referees that applicants have provided contact information for will receive an automated e-mail requesting the submission of a reference letter for you. The e-mail will include a link to an e-form that they will submit electronically.

My referee(s) do not have an institutional email address, should they send a reference via regular mail?
No. If you referee(s) only has an unofficial/non-institutional email address, please email the department providing the unofficial/non-institutional email address for your referee(s). We will add the information to your application. If you are admitted to the program, we will follow-up with your referee.

My referee(s) have told me that they have submitted the reference online, but my records say that the letters are still pending.
If your referees have tried to submit their references online but your records show that the references have not been received, the documents were not uploaded properly. Ask your referees to re-submit the references. You can send a reminder via your online application.

Who is considered an international student?
Anyone who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and will be studying in Canada with a study authorization is considered an international students.

When will I know the status of my application?
Applications are reviewed and applicants informed within two months of the application deadline.

Why was I not accepted into the program?
Admission is competitive due to the limited size of the cohort. We cannot guarantee admission to the graduate program.

 

Finances

What is the tuition?
Tuition is defined by the University of Toronto Graduate School, and may change depending on the year. Tuition costs for the year(s) in question will be communicated directly to successful applicants.

Will I receive a graduate stipend?
No, because this is a course-based professional Master’s program, students will not receive a graduate stipend.

Does the University offer any financial aid and support?
Information on financial aid can be found here.

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Advanced Human Genetics


Advanced Human Genetics


MMG 3001 Y, Session 1 (Fall 1), Session 2 (Winter 1), 2x78 hours, 2 credits

This two-term course brings all students to a common knowledge base and introduces advanced concepts including quantitative trait genetics and epigenetics. Students learn human genetics from the perspective of phenotype / clinical presentation toward genotype in addition to a semester-long focus on molecular genetics and underlying mechanisms of human disease. This fundamental course provides a knowledge framework for the entire program and introduces key concepts that will be examined in detail in subsequent courses.

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Biological Statistics


Biological Statistics


MMG 3002Y, Session 1 (Fall 1), 78 hours, 1 credit

The ability to effectively translate genomic test results into clinical plans and to interpret the literature of genomic medicine requires a strong foundation in advanced statistics. This course uses example-based teaching of frequentist and Bayesian statistics. Students are taught statistical theory and are required to actively employ modern statistical methods and software in the analysis of genomic data. Students learn how to identify the appropriate statistical methods for a given data set, apply these methods, and critically interpret these results. This course will focus on practical knowledge, with interspersed discussions of how biological statistics integrates into the larger fields of computer science, applied math, and biology.

Students are required to bring a computer to class Wi-Fi internet connection to be able to participate in the labs for tutorials and labs.

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Genomic Methodologies


Genomic Methodologies


MMG 3003Y, Session 2 (Winter 1) and Session 3 (Summer 1)
2x78 hours, 2 credits

While next-generation techniques are making headlines, many deployed clinical assays are predicated on “last-generation” molecular biology tools. We will teach the theory and practice of molecular biology relevant to genetic and genomic testing. This two-session course will cover classic, modern and emerging genetic methods. The course will also include a component of computational techniques in genomic assays, reflecting the lock-step development of new molecular biology and data-analysis techniques. Students who complete this course will gain an understanding the scientific principles underlying genomic tests, will be able to examine the limitations and applications of current tests, and have the necessary background to understand new assays.

Students are required to bring a computer to class with Wi-Fi internet connection to be able to participate in tutorials and computational labs.

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Communication of Genetic Information


Communication of Genetic Information


MMG 3004Y, Session 4 (Fall 2), 78 hours, 1 credit

This course teaches students the terminology and jargon relevant to genomic research to enable access to medical and scientific literature. In addition, students are trained to effectively and bi-directionally translate clinical information into patient-accessible language. Lectures are complemented with group projects in which students prepare written and oral presentations with the goal of building the skills necessary to communicate genomic information to a variety of audiences.

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Ethical and Legal Implications


Ethical and Legal Implications


MMG 3005Y, Session 4 (Fall 2), 78 hours, 1 credit

This course explores the current ethical, legal and social landscape of human genetic analysis, with a focus on the application of genome-science on patient care. Students explore the manifold legal and ethical implications of genomic science, including the cost and complexity of counseling patients in the face of new clinical data types. A combination of lecture and project-based learning are used to train students on current requirements for obtaining patient consent, ethical implications and protocols for use of patients in research studies, and emerging issues reporting of incidental findings. Particular focus is made on communication of genetic findings in the paediatric setting, and for patients with religious beliefs or value systems that affect clinical care.

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Future Directions in Medical Genomics


Future Directions in Medical Genomics


MMG 3006Y, Session 5 (Winter 2), 78 hours, 1 credit

Future Directions is a modular course which runs continuously throughout the program. Each learning module will involve 12-18 hours of contact time, and completion of four modules will qualify for 1 FCE. Modules will be evaluated on a pass / fail basis, and in order to earn a pass, different modules may use different metrics of assessment to establish whether or not a student will receive credit. The modules will be approved and reviewed by the Molecular Genetics Curriculum Committee to ensure degree-levelappropriateness and rigor.

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Deadlines


Deadlines


Online application packages to begin the program in the fall of 2018 are due on any one of the following two dates:

15 January
Online applications must be submitted by January 15. Supporting documents (including references, electronic transcripts, CV and letter of intent) must be submitted no later than February 1. Applicants must inform their referees that online reference letters must be submitted by February 1 in order for the application to be considered for this deadline.

1 May
Online applications must be submitted by May 1.  Supporting documents (including references, electronic transcripts, CV and letter of intent) must be submitted no later than May 15.  Applicants must inform their referees that online reference letters must be submitted by May 15 in order for the application to be considered for this deadline.

 

Please inform your referees of the letter deadline for their reference letters.

Supporting Documents

Please ensure that all supporting documents (references, electronic transcripts, CV and letter of intent) are submitted online by the dates above. It is entirely the applicant's responsibility to monitor the status of their documents on the online application system and to follow up with their referees if references are not received in advance of the deadline. Only complete applications can be considered for any given deadline. 

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Tuition


Tuition


Tuition Fees
All students are responsible for paying their own tuition fees by the deadlines set by the University of Toronto. Students who are in arrears are not eligible to register with the School of Graduate Studies. Current tuition fee schedules are posted on the Student Accounts website under Divisional Tuition Fees for the School of Graduate Studies and on the provost website.

Tuition for Canadian citizens and permanent residents may differ from fees for international students.

Information about student support and loans can be found here.

Resources
Information on financial resources for professional graduate programs can be found on the School of Graduate Studies and on the Faculty of Medicine website.

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Student Handbook


Student Handbook


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Future Directions: Next Generation Sequencing


Future Directions: Next Generation Sequencing


Two modules of the Future Directions course are aimed at the generation and analysis of next generation sequencing data.

In partnership with Illumina, we will perform WGS on a trio to demonstrate the full complexity of the human genome.

Students will learn how to use whole genome sequencing technology to identify disease-causing mutations in complex human disorders. We will use subjects that are currently without known disease-causing mutations identified. After the course, the students will be able to:

  1. Prepare libraries for next generation sequencing

  2. Perform quality control on DNA samples and libraries

  3. Determine the quality of the whole genome sequencing experiments

  4. Process the sequencing data to obtain genetic variant calls

  5. Find out the ethnicity and family relationship of the subjects involved

  6. Use available bioinformatics tools to facilitate interpretation of function and effects of the variants

  7. Confirm the accuracy of the variant calls from the reads and alignments

  8. Identify potential disease-relevant and pathogenic mutation(s)

  9. Understand and be aware of secondary genetic findings

  10. Learn the power and limitation of current whole genome sequencing technology

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Future Directions: Professional Development


Future Directions: Professional Development


This module of the Future Directions course will teach students the skills and practices of navigating a professional environment and building realizing their career goals. More to follow soon…

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Future Directions


Future Directions


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