Applications for September 2021 entry into the program have now closed. Applications typically open in October and close in January each year; specific dates will be listed here when they are determined.

Interested in applying for September 2022?  Refer closely to the admission requirements outlined in the 'Requirements' tab, top right of this webpage. All eligibility criteria and details relating to the required documents can be found there; please read carefully.

Apply Early!  We strongly encourage applicants to begin the application process well before the January deadline date, as preparing the required materials takes time, and referees must be given enough time to complete and submit references before the reference deadline date (one week after the applicant deadline date). Your referees will not receive the email prompt until you have uploaded all of your documents, paid the application fee, and hit the 'submit' button.

*Please note: All documents should be scanned in and submitted using the online portal. Due to remote working restrictions, please do not mail documents into the MPH office, as these documents may not be received on time.

I've applied! What's Next?  After the application portal closes, all qualified and complete applications will be reviewed, and offers of admission will be made when all applications have been reviewed. The first round of offers typically go out in March, and offers may continue to go out into late spring/early summer. All applicants are expected to respond to offers of admission within the application portal by the provided response deadline; failure to do this will result in the expiry of an offer.

For more information about the program and admissions process, please scroll down to register for one of our Admission Webinars!

Important things to keep in mind during the application process:

  • Upload all of your required documents before submitting your application; you will not be able to add or edit after you submit.
  • Have PDF copies of your documents ready to upload. PDF documents should be unlocked and not password protected. 
  • Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they have uploaded all required documents. Due to the high volume of applicants, we cannot contact individuals if they have forgotten to upload a required document; incomplete applications will not be considered. 
  • Ensure that you click on the “Pay Fee Now” button to pay your application fee, then click on the “Submit Application” button. After paying, if you do not click the 'Submit' button, your application will not be submitted.
  • Students do not declare a pathway (thesis or practicum) at the time of application. This is not completed until the end of the first term of study. We recommend that applicants not contact potential supervisors until after they have been admitted into the MPH program and have declared the thesis pathway.



The MPH program will host a series of admission webinars, offering applicants more information about the program and admission requirements, as well as a chance to ask questions using a live chat feature. This year's webinars have finished, and the dates for next year's admission cycle will be released here once they are determined. Stay tuned!

A recording of a previous webinar can be found here.


Entrance Scholarships - A number of entrance scholarships will be available for top ranked candidates. Applicants will find out if they have been awarded an entrance scholarship when they receive offer of admission. 

Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP) - The Master of Public Health program welcomes applications from Indigenous applicants. To best represent our population we welcome applications from Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) learners via our Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP). All applications received through the FIAP are reviewed exclusive of the general applicant pool. Applicants who wish to be considered under the Indigenous application process must submit the Self-Identification Application in addition to their application to the Master of Public Health program. Applications to the Self-Identification Application can be submitted here. One self-identification application is used for all Faculty of Health Sciences programs that have a facilitated Indigenous admissions stream. The Self-identification Application must be completed by whatever the earliest deadline date is for the programs for which you have applied to. 


Application Process

McMaster's MPH program accepts both Domestic and International students. The academic requirements and application process is the same for all applicants. International students, and domestic students who have studied abroad, may need to refer to the English Proficiency requirements, as outlined in 'Required Documents'. 

To apply to graduate programs at McMaster University, applicants must use the application portal, facilitated by the School of Graduate Studies, called Mosaic. You can refer to the SGS Admissions website for technical application instructions, but please refer to this MPH website for details related to specific MPH admission requirements and required documents.

Successful candidates will receive a letter of offer from the Assistant Registrar of the School of Graduate Studies. All applicants are expected to respond to an offer of admission within the specified time in the application portal. Applicants who are not offered admission will receive notification from the MPH Admissions Committee.

Required Documents - All documents must be uploaded using the application portal as part of your application. We do not accept email or mailed submissions of documents without prior consent of the department. Materials sent to support an application cannot be returned. Please see the list of required documents in the tab below.

Program Pathways - All applicants will apply to the general MPH program. Those selected for admission will be asked to declare the practicum or thesis pathway following the first term of study. Applicants do not need to declare this pathway at the time of application, and therefore do not need to secure a supervisor ahead of time.

Academic Requirements
To be considered for admission to the Master of Public Health program, applicants need to demonstrate the following:

  1. Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited university by time of entry in September. The MPH program accepts students from a variety of academic backgrounds (eg. science, social science, business, etc.); there is no restriction on the subject matter of the undergraduate degree. In addition, approved professional degrees are accepted (i.e., Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Nutrition, Rehabilitation Sciences, Pharmacy or Social Work – BSW or MSW).

  2. B+ or higher GPA in the final 10 senior courses (300 & 400 level). Updated November 2020: due to changes in grading during the COVID-19 pandemic, some changes may be made to the grade calculations for 2021 to account for pass/fail courses that may be listed on transcripts.

  3. An undergraduate course in Statistics or Mathematics with at least a B+ grade to ensure appropriate quantitative ability for the epidemiology and biostatistics courses. This can include courses named statistics, probability, data analysis, quantitative methods, mathematics, calculus, or algebra. Please note, if applications are submitted with transcripts that do not demonstrate the successful completion of this requirement, they will be deemed ineligible and will not move on to the next stage of review. You may choose to include the relevant course syllabus within your application to verify the completion of this requirement. This is optional. 

    All applicants (both international and domestic) with an MD, MBBS, BDS (or similar degree)
    must meet the Statistics/Mathematics requirement. The completion of a full statistics or mathematics course must be evidenced within the application. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the applicant being deemed ineligible. There are no exceptions to this requirement. We do not accept statistics courses from providers such as Coursera. Due to a large volume of applicants, the MPH program office cannot answer questions such as, ‘Does course X count as a statistics course?' Please use the guidelines above to determine your eligibility. 
Required Documents
Upload the following items in the application portal (Mosaic) in support of your application: 

*Please note: All documents should be scanned in and submitted using the online portal. Due to remote working restrictions, please do not mail documents into the MPH office, as these documents may not be received on time.


1. Current Curriculum Vitae

Please upload your current CV during the application process.

2. Transcripts 

* Please note, there is no 'Transcripts' section within the application portal, so please upload your transcript(s) in the 'Documents' section. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all documents are uploaded.

At the application stage, applicants must provide a scanned copy of transcripts (to date) from all post-secondary institutions attended that demonstrate the completion of (or near completion of) a 4-year Bachelor's degree, from an accredited university, with a GPA of B+ (78%) or higher. If you are offered admission into the program will you need to have original, official transcripts mailed in directly from the issuing institutions. 

Unofficial transcripts (or grade reports issued by the university) are accepted only if they include:

  • Your name
  • Your student number
  • The full name of the issuing post-secondary institution
  • The name of the program you were/are enrolled in

Attention McMaster Students - If you completed your undergraduate degree at McMaster University, you still need to submit a copy of your unofficial transcript as a part of your MPH application. You can request a PDF copy from Mosaic and simply upload this into the application portal.

Hints for scanning your transcripts - If we can’t read it, it cannot be reviewed. Illegible documents can cause an applicant’s file to be dismissed before review, so please check your files before submitting your application.

             - Please ensure all files are in PDF format and are 5MB or less
             - If your transcripts are double-sided, and/or have shaded areas, please ensure they are legible
             - Please place a white sheet of paper on the side not being scanned
             - Check your scanned file for clarity before uploading to your application

GPA Calculation - The ten most senior level courses (300 or 400) will be used to calcuate the GPA. (However, it is not necessary for applicants to have completed all ten senior level courses at the time of application if they are still studying.) All students must achieve a B+ (77%) or higher to be deemed eligible.

International transcripts - An international grade conversion tool is used by the McMaster admissions committee; please do not send in external assessments (eg. WES) as these will not be considered.

Transcript Langauge - Non-English transcripts must be translated and notarized. The applicant is responsible for providing an official translated version of the transcript. Both the original untranslated transcript and the official translation are required to be submitted. The only exception to this requirement is where the official translation is done by the degree issuing institution (university). In this case, the translation is acceptable. Acceptable sources of translation include translations performed by a country consulate representative/notary public.

3. Academic References 

Two confidential academic letters of recommendation from instructors most familiar with your academic work are required. An appropriate referee is someone who has a university faculty appointment, including any rank of professor or instructor, but not a teaching assistant (TA). Referees should be able to speak to the candidate's:

  • Academic suitability for the MPH program
  • Applicant plans to make use of the MPH degree after graduation
  • Applicant fit with the McMaster MPH program in terms of terms of interest, self-direction and team work
  • Communication (written and verbal) and quantitative skills

If you have been out of school for at least 3 years:

  • One academic reference must be a professor or instructor of a course you have taken (this can include continuing education). 
  • The 2nd referee may be a work supervisor (someone who monitors your performance) who can speak to your academic abilities. 
  • The referee must clearly indicate their academic appointment status in their reference (eg. Associate Professor, Professor, etc.)
  • Recommendations must be provided directly from the referee through the portal, using their institutional email accounts. References emailed through the applicant, or a personal email address, will not be accepted. 

Important information: Applicants will need to provide the contact information (name, academic position, institutional email) for their two referees in the application portal. After you pay the application fee and submit the application, your referees will automatically get an email prompting them to complete a reference. Both academic references must be submitted no later than one week after the application deadline. (This means all references are due no later than January 29; please communicate this firm deadline with your referees.) If either reference is incomplete after this date, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. It is recommended that references are completed before the application deadline to ensure a timely review process. 

4. Statement of Interest

An original written Statement of Interest must be included (maximum 750 words). This should provide the reviewers with an understanding of:

- How previous academic, work, and life experience has shaped your decisions to pursue training in public health
- How you anticipate using the skills and knowledge from this program in your future career
- What you would bring to the program such as prior experience in a field related to public health
- How McMaster's MPH program is uniquely suited to your interests and future goals
- How you perceive yourself contributing to the work of colleagues or fellow students, being a team player and a leader


5. TOEFL or IELTS score (if applicable)

If English is not your native language and if you have not completed your previous studies in English, an official copy of your TOEFL score or IELTS test report form is required. 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 6.5 is needed for the Faculty of Health Sciences (with at least 5.5 in each section). Students who have completed a post secondary degree from a university/program where the language of instruction is English are not required to provide a TOEFL or IELTS scores. Your transcript must state that the medium of instruction was English, otherwise you must supply a letter from the issuing institution on official letterhead stating that the medium of instruction for your degree program was English.

UPDATE (Dec 2020) - If you cannot take one of the pre-approved English proficiency tests (such as TOEFL or IELTS)because centers have been closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the MPH program has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English TestDuolingo will be accepted until further notice. The overall minimum Duolingo English Test score that will be accepted is 115.

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