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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?

The program is 12 months, held over three terms: fall, winter, and summer. Courses are offered through two terms and include 5 core and 3 elective courses followed by a 15-20 day international symposium/fieldwork at the end of the winter term. Thesis students will likely be required to work into the fall/winter term for an extended period.

What is the equivalent of a Honours Bachelor's Degree?

An Hounours Bachelor's Degree at McMaster is a four-year undergraduate degree.

Can I apply if I don’t have a statistics course?

Yes. Applicants for Fall 2015 admission do not require credit in a statistical analysis course to be considered for admission.

How many applicants will be admitted into the program?

There are approximately 60 places.

Do I have to pay and submit the online application in order for my referees to receive the electronic forms via email?

Yes. Please note: all documentation, including referee forms, must be received by the deadline. It is recommended that you monitor the status of your application online and that you inform your referees well in advance to ensure that referee forms are received by the application deadline.

Is there a part-time option?

No. Given the intensity of a 12-month M.Sc. program, students must be prepared to make a full-time commitment.

What does the thesis option provide?

The thesis option offers students the opportunity to prepare for further education and is suitable for those who are considering a PhD.

Should I contact McMaster a Global Health faculty member during the application process?

No. Please wait until September when you have are enrolled in the program and are on campus.

Are there certain required undergraduate classes/programs or ones that will increase my chances of acceptance if I'm not a health student?

Qualified students from other disciplines with no health background may be required to take a background course in health before entering the program. Any health course is applicable.

Can I take a course from each field?

No. Faculty who are either members or associate members of the Faculty of Health Sciences will guide students to ensure the field specialization is within their scope.

Is there any further information regarding the length or location for the mandatory international symposium or fieldwork?

Students from McMaster and Maastricht will join together for the learning symposium/field orientation (service learning) in Term 3 at Manipal University in India. Students will be involved in practice, education, and academic pursuits. Alternatives will be found for students with disabilities or for whom travel to India might cause undue hardship.

Are there opportunities for exchange studies?

Yes. Students who have maintained a B+ average in their first term will have the opportunity to complete their second term at Maastricht University. We will provide details about this arrangement during the first term.

Is there financial support available?

We will include financial support, if available, within the letter of offer. Limited financial support is available for full-time students on a competitive basis. We cannot provide financial support to students who are employed on a full-time basis, as these students are deemed ineligible for scholarship support. We encourage applicants to apply for external scholarship funding.

What is the typical cost of living for graduate students in Hamilton, ON?

This document provides helpful tools and information that will assist you in determining your cost of living in Hamilton while attending a graduate program at McMaster University. Please note that although the document includes the common items that you will need to pay for, the list is not all inclusive and the amounts are estimates and actual costs may vary.

What will the completed package include?

The completed package includes the following: online application, payment of fee, two academic references, one official transcript, a personal CV, and a written personal essay explaining why you are seeking graduate education and describing how you will benefit from the program.

If I decide to remain in Canada, rather than perform international work, how will this help me within Canada?

Globalization affects everyone, so preparing students for a career that addresses a range of interrelated issues is beneficial for individuals wishing to work in all parts of the world. Additionally, there is a critical relationship among health, healthcare, education, economic development, business leadership and management that can have global impact, even if experienced at a local level.

What types of careers will be available once I graduate?

Graduates will be able to continue in further education, work for NGOs, universities and/or the government. With the prevalence of globalization, the international collaboration, and the extensive integrated scope of the program, we expect graduates will have many career options.

When can I expect to receive an admission decision?

Admission decisions will be announced starting mid-May. Please note: the M.Sc. Global Health Program releases offers of admission on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by electronic mail.

I have been accepted to another program, can I request an early admission decision?

No. Given the volume of applications, the Admissions Committee cannot expedite admission decisions.

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