The admission requirement into the Program is a Master's
degree with an academic standing equivalent to at least a
McMaster B+ in previous academic work.
All applicants are expected to have advanced preparation in
the form of a Master's degree or equivalent, or the combination
of a course-based Master's degree and strong supporting
evidence of their potential as independent investigators.
Examples of strong supporting evidence include, but are not limited
- Published or unpublished examples of scholarly work
- Substantive involvement in research
- Reference letters
that speak explicitly to this issue
For some students,
this would likely be the existing Master's program
(formerly in HRM) or a Master's in Public Health professional
degree. This prerequisite is to ensure that applicants
have the appropriate level of mastery in research methods
and biostatistics as preparation for advanced training.
For other students, (e.g. biostatistics, health economics), a disciplinary
base such as statistics, or economics at the Master's level would
be appropriate and advantageous, since the emphasis of the Ph.D.
program is on advancing existing disciplinary knowledge to solve
methodological problems in health care research.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to
supply evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language.
Such applicants are required to supply this evidence as part of their
application. The most common evidence is a score of at least 580
(paper test) or 237 (computer test) on the Test of English as a Foreign
Doctoral students admitted to full-time study are required to engage
in full-time study until completion of all degree requirements,
including the required graduate courses, the comprehensive examination,
applied thesis research, and a first draft of the thesis.