MSc Applications for Admission

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.

Meeting the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.

Health Professionals (Stream I)

Stream I students are health professionals

including physicians, nurses, dentists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, etc.

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 clinical skills.

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.

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 MSc Supervisors).

All completed applications are examined 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 for full-time Stream II students to complete our assessment of applicants and to match candidates with potential supervisors.

If the Admissions Committee approves the application, 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. Applicants who cannot be placed will receive notification from the Chair of the Admissions Committee.

Normally students start the HRM MSc Program at the beginning of July and take HRM 721* which is offered Tuesday and Friday mornings until mid August. However, in some cases students may opt for a September start date. A September start date may be of more interest to Stream II students.

Material sent to support an application cannot be returned.

Application Process

The following items along with the application fee are required before your online application will be considered complete.

  1. One official transcript of academic work completed to date

Please upload scanned copies of transcripts for the application review. Please note that if the application is recommended for admission to the program, original transcripts will be required.

  1. Two confidential letters of recommendation from referees

Important note: Referees will receive the emailed e-reference form from the system after the applicant has submitted the application and paid the application fee.

Two confidential letters of recommendation from referees who are able to comment on previous academic and work experience for the purpose of evaluating the applicant's ability to successfully complete this graduate program are required. Recommendations must be provided directly from the referees. Please note that McMaster University uses the Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of your referee through the online application, the system will automatically send an e-Reference request on your behalf. If for some reason you are unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, you can download the Reference form-> here.

  1. A two-page statement of interest - include "field of specialization"

A two-page candidate statement that addresses (but is not limited to) the following: the applicant's career objectives, how the HRM Program is relevant to the applicant's career objectives, preparation to date, a description of the applicant's research interests, including ultimate career aspirations, field of specialization*, a description of how your research interests correspond to the field of specialization and a list of three possible faculty members (www.fhs.mcmaster.ca/hrm/faculty.htm) who share the applicant's research interests. Also identify how each faculty member will complement and help explore the applicant's area of research.

Please indicate your field of specialization as one of:

  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Health Technology Assessment

For more information on the fields, click on the following link: Field of Specialization

Applicants who aren't sure that they want to specialize should select HRM Classic as their field of specialization. Once enrolled into the HRM Program, you can declare your field of specialization based on the advice from your supervisor.

Please upload the two page candidate statement of interest to the online application system.

  1. An up to date curriculum vitae

Please upload the up-to-date CV to the online application system.

  1. A short statement of funding

A short statement of funding indicating the applicant's source of funding and/or what efforts are being made to secure funding. Please indicate whether you require funding. Full funding for 2019-2020 ($19,400) of full-time Stream II MSc students is our goal. In some cases, supervisors can provide a full stipend, in other instances, this may not be possible. Please indicate under what conditions you will work with a supervisor:

  • I am only interested in working with a supervisor who can provide a full stipend
  • I will consider working with a supervisor even if they can provide a partial stipend
  • I will consider working with a supervisor even if they cannot provide a stipend

Please upload the short statement of funding to the online application system.

  1. A Declaration of Employment form
    Please upload the Declaration of Employment form to the online application system.

  2. TOEFL score (if applicable)

If English is not your native language, an official copy of your TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English is required. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 237 on the computer-based TOEFL test) is needed for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Students taking the IELTS are required to achieve a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each category. Refer to the School of Graduate Studies

Additional Information here.

Please upload scanned copies for the application review. Please note that if the application is recommended for admission to the program, an original TOEFL will be required.

Factors That Influence Admission

  • Quality of applicant's academic record and relevance to anticipated area of study
  • References provided by the applicant
  • Availability of a suitable graduate faculty member to supervise the student
  • Suitable funding arrangements
  • Interviews with potential supervisors (following screening by the Admissions Committee)

Application Deadline

There is one application deadline for the HRM Master’s program:

January 15, 2020

Application is now OPEN.

Important note: All documents, including the online application, supporting documents, reference letters and payment of application fee is required by the Jan 15 deadline. Referees will receive the emailed e-reference form from the system after the applicant has submitted the application and paid the application fee.

The application deadline is for entry to the Master’s program beginning in July or September 2020.

External Scholarship Opportunities

Applicants to the HRM MSc Program should consider applying for external scholarship opportunities should they be recommended for admission to the HRM Program. Details re: federal and provincial scholarship competitions are available on the School of Graduate Studies website-> here.

Note that if you apply for the Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s competitioN you will need to list ‘McMaster University’ as one of your possible Universities where you hope to take up the award.

Link to the portal: https://portal-portail.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/s/login.aspx

For complete instructions, please visit: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/PG-CS/CGSM-BESCM_eng.asp

If you submit a complete application for the CGS-M, please inform and send a copy of the application to the HRM Program (hrmasst@mcmaster.ca). Refer here for helpful tips on scholarship/award applications.

Help

For specific admissions queries, please email the Admissions Coordinator Lorraine Carroll at askhrm@mcmaster.ca or carrl@mcmaster.ca.

PhD Applications for 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.

PhD Application Status: CLOSED

All completed applications are examined 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. Admissible files will be circulated to faculty members based on the information provided by the candidates.

Interviews may be required to complete our assessment of applicants and to match candidates with potential supervisors.

If the Admissions Committee approves the application, 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. Applicants who cannot be placed will receive notification from the Chair of the Admissions Committee.

Material sent to support an application cannot be returned.

Application Process

The following items along with the application fee are required before your online application will be considered complete.

  1. One official transcript of academic work completed to date

Please upload scanned copies of transcripts for the application review. Please note that if the application is recommended for admission to the program, original transcripts will be required.

  1. Two confidential letters of recommendation from referees

Important note: Referees will receive the emailed e-reference form from the system after the applicant has submitted the application and paid the application fee.

Two confidential letters of recommendation from referees who are able to comment on previous academic and work experience for the purpose of evaluating the applicant's ability to successfully complete this graduate program are required. Recommendations must be provided directly from the referees. Please note that McMaster University uses the Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of your referee through the online application, the system will automatically send an e-Reference request on your behalf. If for some reason you are unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, you can download the Reference form-> here.

  1. A three-page candidate statement

A three-page candidate statement (single-spaced) that addresses (but is not limited to) the following:

  1. The applicant's career objectives, including how the HRM Program is relevant and preparation to date (training, publications, research grants or other scholarly work completed.)
  2. An overview of your research interests, including:
  • Topic of interest (what is it and why is it important?)
  • Dissertation research plans including specific research questions and methodologic areas you hope to address
  • Indicate the field of specialization

3. Identify possible faculty PhD Supervisors (maximum of three)

  1. Letters from faculty member(s) indicating willingness to supervise, interactions to date and appropriateness of match, given the applicant’s intended research interests are encouraged. (See HRM faculty listing for research interests)

Please indicate your field of specialization as one of: Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics,
Health Services Research, Population & Public Health or Health Technology Assessment or HRM Clas pagesic. For more information about the fields, click-> here.

Please upload the three page candidate statement of interest to the online application system.

  1. An up to date curriculum vitae

Please upload the up-to-date CV to the online application system.

  1. A Declaration of Employment form
    Please upload the Declaration of Employment form to the online application system.
  2. TOEFL score (if applicable)

If English is not your native language, an official copy of your TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English is required. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 237 on the computer-based TOEFL test) is needed for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Students taking the IELTS are required to achieve a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each category.

Additional Information ->here.

Please upload scanned copies for the application review. Please note that if the application is recommended for admission to the program, an original TOEFL will be required.

Factors That Influence Admission

  • Quality of applicant's academic record and relevance to anticipated area of study
  • References provided by the applicant
  • Availability of a suitable graduate faculty member to supervise the student
  • Suitable funding arrangements
  • Interviews with potential supervisors (following screening by the Admissions Committee)

Application Deadline

Deadline for admission for September 2020: November 15, 2019

Application is now open.

Important note: All documents, including the online application, supporting documents, reference letters and payment of application fee is required by the Nov 15 deadline. Referees will receive the emailed e-reference form from the system after the applicant has submitted the application and paid the application fee.

Help

For specific admissions queries, please email the Admissions Coordinator, Lorraine Carroll at askhrm@mcmaster.ca or carrl@mcmaster.ca.