Master of Public Health Program

Application Process

Apply NowThank you for your interest in the Master of Public Health program. Applications are now open and will close on Wednesday, January 15, 2019. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

Qualified and complete applications will be reviewed and admission invitations be sent outout once all applications have been reviewed.

Only qualified and complete applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

If the Admissions Committee approves the application, a recommendation is submitted to the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies (Health Sciences) for approval. Successful candidates will receive a letter of offer from the Assistant Registrar of the School of Graduate Studies. All applicants are expected to respond within the specified time to the School of Graduate Studies when accepting or declining an offer. Applicants who cannot be placed will receive notification from the Chair of the Admissions Committee.

Materials sent to support an application cannot be returned.

The Master of Public Health program welcomes applications from indigenous applicants. To best represent our population we welcome applications from Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) learners via our Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP). All applications received through the FIAP are reviewed exclusive of the general applicant pool.

Applicants who wish to be considered under the Indigenous application process must submit the Self-Identification Application in addition to their application to the Master of Public Health program.

Applications to the Self-Identification Application can be submitted here.

One self-identification application is used for all Faculty of Health Sciences programs that have a facilitated Indigenous admissions stream. The Self-identification Application must be completed by whatever the earliest deadline date is for the programs for which you have applied to.


Required Documents

All documents must be uploaded to the application portal as part of your application. We do not accept email or mailed submissions of documents without prior consent of the department.

Please send the following items in support of your application:

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

  2. Transcripts
    You will need to have a 4-year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university with a GPA of B+ or higher in the most recent senior level courses (equivalent to a McMaster 9 on McMaster’s 12 point scale). GPA is calculated using the most recent and relevant 30 unit courses (at most institutions this is 10 courses) completed at the 300 or 400 level (senior courses). If there are not enough senior level grades, available at the time of calculation, GPAs may be calculated using 200 level courses on a case-by-case basis.

    You must also have completed a course in math or statistics with a grade of B+ or higher (courses named statistics, probability, data analysis, quantitative methods, mathematics, calculus, or algebra).

    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

    • 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.
    • 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 or supervisors most familiar with your academic work. An appropriate referee is someone who has a faculty appointment (any rank of professor or instructor, but not teaching assistant (TA)).

    Please 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 application deadline in order for it to be considered a complete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Electronic reference letters must be received directly from referees.

    Applicants with work experience can submit one additional reference from an employer. Applicants who have not be registered in course work for at least 5 years must have 1 letter from an instructor of a course they have taken (including continuing education courses) and may have the 2nd letter from a work supervisor who has an academic appointment and who can also speak to academic abilities. The referee must clearly indicate their academic appointment status in their reference.

    Applicants should request that each referee address the following in their letters as they are able to comment:

    • How the applicant’s strengths and interests are suited to public health
    • Academic abilities, curiosity, and public health experience
    • Professionalism, ethics, collaboration, and team work
    • Self-direction, initiative, and creativity
    • Communication (written and verbal) and quantitative (mathematical skills) skills

  4. Statement of Interest
    A written Statement of Interest must be included (maximum 750 words). This should provide reviewers with an understanding of:
    • How previous academic, work, and life experience has shaped your decision to pursue training in public health
    • How you anticipate using the skills and knowledge from this program in your future career
    • What you would bring to the program such as prior experience in a field related to public health
    • How McMaster’s MPH is uniquely suited to your interests and future goals
    • How you perceive yourself contributing to the work of colleagues or fellow students, being a team player, being a leader, both in past experience and in the MPH program

  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.