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 31, 2018. 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.

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.

Required Documents

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
    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 application deadline 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


    • 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.

  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.