The HRM MSc program is divided into two admissions streams: Health
Professionals (Stream I), and Background in Health,
Social, or Biological Sciences (Stream II). Due to the nature of the HRM program, students
are expected to register in the program full-time and
study on a full-time basis; however, in some instances part-time may be the only viable option. Please note that
full-time McMaster University employees must register part-time.
All students (Stream I & Stream II) must have completed a four-year
honours university degree with a B+ average (75-79% equivalent
to a McMaster 8.5 grade point average) in the final year.
the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.
Clinical Investigator Program (Royal College
of Physicians & Surgeons)
McMaster Postgraduate Medical Education
Program allows Clinician Investigator Program trainees the opportunity
to undertake a Master's or PhD degree as a full-time student. Please
refer to the Handbook for CIP trainees and the Health
Sciences Graduate Programs Policy re CIP Applicants (the
latter is available from the Office of the Associate
Dean of Graduate Studies, MDCL, Room 2235). Separate applications
are required for both. For more information on the Clinical
Investigator Program, please visit their website at
The Quality of Life Program - A CIHR Training
Program in Rehabilitation Research
The School of Rehabilitation
Science offers a unique funding opportunity for rehabilitation
scientists at the graduate level through sponsorship from
CIHR. This mentored training program is available to students
through a partnership between McMaster University and the
University of British Columbia. Graduate students who are
selected will be able to expand their research training
by participating in an integrated, interdisciplinary, online
rehabilitation training program that has a specific focus
on quality of life. This opportunity is disigned for students
enrolled in specific graduate programs who are Occupational
Therapists, Physical Therapists or individuals who have
clinical or research experience in rehabilitation, For
further information, please visit our website at: //www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/rehab/programs/mscrehabsci/QLP.html
Health Professionals (Stream I)
Stream I students are health professionals including physicians,
nurses, dentists, social workers, occupational therapists,
All candidates will be assessed on their potential ability to become
independent researchers in their own clinical field.
The research training provides them with additional competence
in research methodology which will be integrated with their established
Full-time Stream I students who enter in July
and plan a thesis-based MSc normally complete the minimum course
requirements by the following April. Preliminary thesis work (e.g. selection of topic) often commences
by April, and culminates in a defense during the following academic
year. Some students elect to take additional courses in their second
year and delay their defense accordingly.
Full-time students who enter in July and plan a course-based master's
usually graduate in 1.5 to 2 years. Taking the co-op option will
delay the student for eight months.
Background in Health, Social, or Biological Sciences (Stream II)
Stream II students often come from backgrounds
in health, social or biological sciences. The training
received by these students is intended to provide the skills necessary
for them to function as researchers in the health care system.
Prior training in mathematics,
statistics or the biological sciences is not a prerequisite.
Students with background in health studies, kinesiology,
health economics and other social sciences are encouraged
to apply. Applicants with previous experience in health-related
research settings tend to have an advantage over other applicants.
It is common for full-time students admitted in this stream to
take two years to complete the program. Candidates with some background
in health sciences usually complete the program in a shorter time
period than those without. Preliminary thesis work (e.g. selection
of topic) often commences by April of the first year and culminates
in a defense during the following academic year.
Full-time students who enter in July and take the course-based
master's usually graduate in 1.5 to 2 years; the
co-op option is an additional 8 months.
Stream II students are encouraged to carefully examine information
about the research interests of HRM faculty
and indicate in the Statement of Interest up to three
possible faculty members who share their research
interests (See PhD/ MSc Supervisors,