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Inception: 1969
Size:  McMaster’s largest graduate program with over 150 students and 90 research/teaching faculty
Faculty Affiliation:  Health Sciences
Degrees Offered: MSc, PhD, MD/PhD
Admission Average: B+ in the final year (relevant courses)
Degree for Admission: B.Sc. Hons. in biological sciences (biology, biochemistry, medicine, pharmacology, psychology, microbiology, molecular biology, health sciences, physiology).
Courses Req’d for Degree:  MSc 2 half courses; PhD 1 half course (1/2 course=3 units or 1 term)
PhD Comprehensive Exam: Grant format in year 2
Times to Completion: 2 yrs MSc; 4 yrs PhD; 6.8 yrs MD/PhD



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Faculty Supervisors: 90+
Faculty Departmental Affiliations:  Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology, Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and Surgery




Fields of Study:

  • Blood & Vasculature 
  • Metabolism & Nutrition
  • Cancer & Genetics
  • Infection & Immunity
  • Physiology & Pharmacology


Research Affiliations:

  • 4 Major Hamilton Hospitals
  • 9 Major Research Centres/Institutes
  • 8 Faculty with Endowed Chairs
  • 9 Faculty with Canada Research Chairs
  • 1 Centre of Excellence: AllerGen NCE at Mac