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*NEW* Admissions Webinars

We will be holding a series of Admissions Webinars to answer any questions you may have about the program and admission process. The first will be held on January 29th at 12.00pm ET. Please RSVP to to be sent the call in information.

How to Apply

The application cycle for the 2019-20 academic year opens on November 29th, 2018 and closes on March 29th, 2019.

All completed applications will be evaluated, but meeting the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission. Those that meet the general requirements of the University and program are assessed by our Admissions Committee. Interviews may be required to complete our assessment of applicants.

If the application is approved, 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. 

Material sent to support an application cannot be returned.

Required Documents

The following items must be submitted in support of your application:

  1. Transcripts: Please upload scanned legible copies of your transcripts as attachments with your application. Transcripts must show a breakdown of grades achieved in all courses studied. If your application is recommended for admission to the program, you MUST provide original (hard copy) 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. Documents sent to support an application cannot be returned.

    Hints for scanning your transcripts

    • 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.
    • 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.

  2. Two confidential academic letters of recommendation from instructors most familiar with your academic work: Please note that McMaster University uses the Electronic Referencing System. When the email address of your referee is entered on the online application, the system will automatically send an eReference request on your behalf. The request will not be sent until you have fully submitted your application, so you may want to contact your referees early to avoid delays in processing your application.

    References should be from referees who are able to comment on the applicant’s performance and skills regarding study and/or work experience for the purpose of evaluating the applicant's ability to successfully complete the GDCE program.


    • One reference must be from 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 and 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.

  3. A statement of interest: A written statement of interest must include the following sections:
      • Relevance of GDCE to your career.
      • Summary of academic and professional achievements to date that are relevant to the GDCE program.
      • Familiarity with online learning
      • How you plan to manage your time for the GDCE program and your career.

    The statement of interest must be uploaded as an attachment with your application. We do not accept email or mailed submission of documents without prior consent of the department.

  4. An up to date Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    Your CV must be uploaded as an attachment with your application.

  1. TOEFL score (if applicable)- If English is not your native language, an official copy of your TOEFL score or IELTS test report form is required. Please upload a copy of this as an attachment with your application. 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.

    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.

    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.


    Please submit all original transcripts and TOEFL (if applicable) at the time of your application to:

    Gabi Watson, GDCE Coordinator

    Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology Program

    McMaster University

    Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence & Impact– Health Sciences Centre Room 2C

    1280 Main Street West

    Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1


Application Deadline

*NEW for 2019/2020*

application closed


There is one application deadline for the GDCE program: March 29th, 2019.

This application deadline is for entry to the GDCE program beginning in September 2019.




For specific admissions queries, please email Gabi Watson at


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