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How to Apply

Applications for September 2016 open on Monday November 16th, 2015, and close Sunday January 31st, 2016, at 4:00 PM E.S.T. Please allow one to two weeks for applications to be processed. Students are accepted on a full-time basis only.

Admissions Update:
The MSc in Global Health application process for the 2016/17 intake closed on Sunday, January 31st 2016 at 4 pm E.S.T. However, because of some glitches in the online application system, applicants who currently have applications in-progress will be granted a submission extension until Sunday February 7th 2016, 11:59 pm E.S.T. to pay and submit their application.

For current applicants experiencing issues, please review the following scenarios:

  • If you have paid and are unable to submit, provide us with proof of payment and we will ensure the application is submitted on your behalf.
  • If you have submitted and not received a confirmation email. The confirmation email process can take a few business days, so you should expect one early next week.
  • If referees are unable to submit due to an Invalid Password, the program can have MOSAIC send a new referee email.
  • If referees are unable to submit due to a student being in Transaction Management, please send the PDF referee form.
    Please send us ( with your information.

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Admission Requirements

  • An Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with at least a B+ from an accredited university (equivalent to a McMaster 9 GPA out of 12) in the final full year in all courses in the discipline, or relating to the discipline, in which you plan to do graduate work.

    Please note while a B+ is the minimum average, due to the pool of applicants, the average GPA for those applicants admitted to the program may be higher.
  • A stated interest in one or more of the program's three fields (Globalization and Development, Global Health Management, or Global Diseases).
  • Students selecting the thesis option (as opposed to the course-work option) should identify on the application up to three potential supervisors.You do not need to contact potential supervisors before applying. Once the admissions committee has made a recommendation for admission and you have completed the registration process, you may begin contacting potential supervisors one month prior to starting the program. [Learn more about the Global Health program faculty]
  • We will consider participation in student international exchange placements on a case-by-case basis.

* Although statistics is not a requirement for admission to the program, it is highly recommended.

Required Documents

  • A completed online application, along with the application fee ($100 CAD)
  • One official transcript of academic work completed to date at all post-secondary institutions attended, sent directly from the issuing institution(s) to the Global Health Office address below. If the grade of a course taken on exchange does not appear on the home institution transcript we require that a transcript be sent directly from the exchange institution as well. If the final transcript does not show that a degree has been granted, we will require an official copy of the diploma.

    Global Health Office, Faculty of Health Sciences
    Attn: MSc. in Global Health Program
    McMaster University
    1280 Main Street West, MDCL 3500
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4K1

  • A personal statement (word limit 750 words) that includes the following:

    1. Why you are applying to the MSc. in Global Health Program
    2. What are your expectations of the program and how it contributes to your future plans
    3. What you would bring to the program and to your fellow students
    4. Your fields of interest in order of preference
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from referees most familiar with your academic work. It is up to the applicant to decide who is best suited to provide an academic reference.  We ask all referees to provide their confidential assessment by completing an online form.

Please Note: Once the Referee information has been provided on the Referees application page, applicants have the option to send out the e-Reference request immediately, or once the application has been submitted. Referees will then receive an email to log-in and electronically fill out the Confidential Assessment form. Once the form is completed, referees also have the option to attach any additional documentation (i.e. PDF Reference Letter) if they wish to provide before the form is electronically submitted. However, any additional documentation that is uploaded with the form is optional and not required.

For applicants who have been out of an academic setting for an extended period of time (three years or more), they may provide one or two professional references on the Referee application page. The professional referee should state explicitly the capacity in which he or she is able to comment on the academic/professional abilities of applicant. Academic and professional references will still complete the Confidential Assessment form electronically once they receive the e-Reference email request.

  • A personal Curriculum Vitae (résumé)
  • An official copy of a TOEFL test score(if applicable). If English is not your native language, please submit an official copy of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score or other evidence of competency in English. The program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 92 (iBT), 237 (computer-based), or 580 (paper-based), or IELTS overall academic score of 6.5, or MELAB score of 90. Please note: the McMaster University Institution Code is 0936.

Sending Documents

We ask institutions and referees (if the electronic reference form is not working) to send any transcripts or documents outlined above directly to:

Global Health Office, Faculty of Health Sciences
Attn: MSc. in Global Health Program
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West, MDCL 3500
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4K1

The deadline for the online application and all supporting documents is January 31, 2016 at 4:00 PM E.S.T. Late applications will not be reviewed.

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