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Admission Details


    Program Admission Requirements and information

    For admission to the Master of Public Health program, applicants need to demonstrate the following:

    • Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree in Sciences or equivalent from an accredited university by time of entry into the MPH, or an approved professional degree (i.e., Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Nutrition, Rehabilitation Sciences, Pharmacy or Social Work – BSW or MSW).
    • B+ average in the final year of study.
    • An undergraduate course in statistics or mathematics with at least a B+ grade to ensure appropriate quantitative ability for the epidemiology and biostatistics courses.

    Degree Requirements

    Applications are welcomed from fourth year undergraduates with health experience, health professionals in practice, and post graduate residents who meet the basic admission criteria.

    • Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree in Sciences or equivalent from an accredited university by time of entry into the MPH, or an approved professional degree (i.e., Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Nutrition, Rehabilitation Sciences, Pharmacy or Social Work – BSW or MSW, Psychology, Kinesiology, McMaster Arts & Science).
    • B+ average in the final year of study.
    • An undergraduate course in statistics or mathematics with at least a B+ grade to ensure appropriate quantitative ability for the epidemiology and biostatistics courses.

    How to Apply

    Applicants must submit the following: (Please note that the program will assess completed applications only.)

    1. Current Curriculum Vitae
      Please upload your current CV during the application process.

    2. Transcripts
      Please upload scanned legible copies of your transcripts for the application review. If your application is recommended for admission to the program, you MUST provide an original transcript(s) of academic work completed to date at all post-secondary institutions attended, sent directly from the issuing institution(s). If the final transcript does not show that a completed degree has been conferred, an official copy of your diploma is also required. Please note, non-English transcripts must be translated and notarized. As well, material sent to support an application cannot be returned.

      A Grade Report is acceptable only when the grade report indicates the name of the applicant, the name of the university and the name of the program that the applicant is registered in. Grade reports not containing this information will not be considered.

      Transcript Language:

      • If a transcript is not in English, the applicant is responsible for providing an official translated version of the transcript.
      • Both the original untranslated transcript and the official translation are required. The only exception to this requirement is where the official translation is done by the institution (university) issuing the transcript.  The translation is acceptable.
      • Acceptable sources of translation include translations performed by a country consulate representative/notary public.

      Hints for scanning your transcripts

      1. If your transcripts are double-sided, and/or have shaded areas-Please place a white sheet of paper on the side not being scanned. This should cause the right side you are trying to scan coming out much more clearly.
      2. Check your scanned file for clarity before uploading to your application!

      If we can’t read it, we can’t review it. Illegible documents can cause an applicant’s file to be dismissed before review, so please check your files before submitting your application.

    3. Two confidential academic letters of recommendation from instructors most familiar with your academic workPlease note that McMaster University uses the Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of your referee through the online application, the system will automatically send an eReference request on your behalf. All requirements including completed references must be received by the closing date of Jan. 25th, 2017 in order for it to be considered a complete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

      Applicants with work experience can submit one additional reference from an employer. Applicants should request that each referee address the following in their letters as they are able to comment:

      • Academic suitability for the MPH program
      • Applicant plans to make use of the MPH degree after graduation
      • Applicant fit with the McMaster MPH program in terms of terms of interest, self-direction and team work
      • Communication (written and verbal) and quantitative skills

      IF YOU HAVE BEEN OUT OF SCHOOL FOR AT LEAST 5 YEARS:

      • One must be a teacher or professor for a course you have taken (this can include continuing education).
      • The 2nd reference may be a work supervisor (someone who monitors your performance) who has an academic appointment,who can speak to your academic abilities.

        The referee must clearly indicate their academic appointment status in their reference.

      Recommendations must be provided directly from the referees. *References must have an institutional email address.

    4. Statement of Interest
      A written Statement of Interest must be included (maximum 750 words), which explains why the applicant is seeking graduate education in this program, demonstrates understanding and commitment to using the skills and knowledge to be gained in their future career and what the applicant would bring to the program such as prior experience in a field related to public health. The statement of interest must be uploaded into your application. We do not accept email or mailed submission of documents without prior consent of the department.
    5. TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)
      If English is not your native language, an official copy of your TOEFL score or IELTS test report form is required. 

      A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 237 on the computer-based TOEFL test) or a minimum overall IELTS score of 65 is needed for the Faculty of Health Sciences (with at least 5.5 in each section).

      Students who have completed a post secondary degree from a program where the language of instruction is English are not required to provide a TOEFL or IELTS scores.

       

    Additional information

    • Applicants who are practicing health professionals including Indigenous persons are encouraged to apply. They can discuss their application with the program by emailing askmph@mcmaster.ca, and the Aboriginal Health Sciences Director.
    • McMaster encourages Indigenous applicants to review the supports available if applicable and discuss their interest with the Aboriginal Health Sciences Director and the program by contacting askmph@mcmaster.ca.
    • Applicants are urged to declare any accommodations on the basis of disability provided by their previous educational institutions, at the time of application. Such declaration is encouraged particularly in cases where it is felt that the nature of the accommodation may have affected past academic performance, and/or where additional or more appropriate accommodation may be required in order for the student to be successful in their graduate program. The School of Graduate Studies policy with regard to students with disabilities is to be found in section 6.5 of the School of Graduate Studies Calendar. The full policy and further information may be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies or the Centre for Student Development, ext. 24711; FAX (905) 528-3749.

    Financial Matters

    2016-2017 Tuition Fees


    Canadian


    • Level 1 Full-time 3,937.50 per term (11,812.00 annually) plus Flat fee FT Supplementary fees 851.92
    • Level 2 Full-time 3,825.00 per term (11,475.00 annually) plus Flat fee PT Supplementary fees 851.92

    • Level 1 Part-time 1,155.00 per 3 unit course plus Flat fee PT Supplementary fees 538.95
    • Level 2 Part-time 1,122.00 per 3 unit course plus Flat fee PT Supplementary fees 538.95

    Visa

    • All Levels Full-time 9,964.00 per term (29,892.00 annually) plus Flat fee FT Supplementary fees 851.92

    International Applicants

    If English is not the applicant's native language, an official copy of the applicant's TOEFL score or IELTS test report form is required.  

    McMaster's TOEFL Institution code is 0936. 

    Students who have completed a post secondary degree from a program where the language of instruction is English are not required to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score.

     Minimum test scores required for Graduate study at McMaster are:

    TOEFL 92 (iBT-Internet-based)
      580 (PBT -Paper-based)
      237 (CBT-Computer-based)
    IELTS 6.5 (minimum overall score)
    (with at least 5.5 in each section)