McMaster University

McMaster University

PhD Admission

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 to:

  • Published or unpublished examples of scholarly work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 Language (TOEFL).

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.

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