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Assistant Dean's Letter

Welcome to the Medical Sciences Graduate Program!

Judy West-Mays

McMaster University has a long-standing reputation as Canada's most innovative university and the 'Medical Sciences' program has been its flagship graduate program for over 40 years. The main strength of our program is our research faculty, who’s laboratories are carrying out cutting-edge research in multiple health-related areas, including cancer, infection and immunity, cardiovascular disease, genetic disorders, metabolism and nutrition, physiology and pharmacology and epidemiology. McMaster also offers a unique interaction between basic scientists and clinical faculty that fosters opportunities for translational research. In addition to being leaders in their fields of research, our faculty members are also trained to provide students with high quality supervision. Our students are further supported by an excellent group of administrators and administrative staff, along with an established committee for each graduate student, offering individual attention. Our goal is to provide our graduate students with high-level training in technical research skills, further complemented by extensive development in communication and critical thinking skills. Additional opportunities in career development and training are also available to our students. Together this training will prepare our students for making significant contributions in health and non-health related fields within academia, industry, government and business. Finally, the city of Hamilton, where McMaster University is situated, is a great place to work and play with vibrant entertainment and extensive green space. The City of Hamilton has also been ranked as a ‘Top North American City’ by FDI Magazine for its quality of life.

To summarize, graduate studies in Medical Sciences offers students unlimited opportunities for innovation and discovery in research, encourages intellectual and social interaction among students and faculty and provides the skills necessary for positioning candidates favorably for current and emerging job markets. Please take the opportunity to explore our website and learn more about McMaster’s Medical Sciences Graduate Program.

Judy West-Mays
Assistant Dean, Medical Sciences Graduate Program
Professor, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine