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Biostatistics: Admission & Application

Deadline for Receipt of Completed Applications for Fall 2015

M.Sc. and Ph.D.: December 15, 2014.

The uApply application system will open September 15th for the Fall 2015 admission cycle. Please see www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply for detailed instructions on how to use the system and how to upload required supporting documents.


Winter 2015

Some of the purposes of these sessions are: to promote biostatistics and biostatistical methodology; serve as a learning opportunity for both students and faculty; foster communication, collaboration, professionalism, career development.

The format will be varied: seminar presentations, journal club, discussions of work in progress, interact with visitors, etc.

Who is invited: biostatisticians and biostatisticians in training; all other hyphenated-, unhyphenated- and soon-to-be-statisticians with interests in applied statistics.


What is Biostatistics? The field involves the development and application of statistical methods to scientific research in areas such as medicine, epidemiology, environmental health, genetics, and ecology. Biostatisticians play key roles in designing studies – from helping to formulate the questions that can be answered by data collection to the decisions on how best to collect the data – and in analyzing the resulting data. They also develop new statistical methods for such data.

Chair's Message

The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Occupational Health, an integral part of McGill's Faculty of Medicine, is based in Purvis Hall, one of several old mansions in the historic "Golden Square Mile" of Montreal now part of the McGill campus.

Graduate Studies

The graduate programs in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health encompass three broadly defined disciplines. The different prerequisites and training requirements in these three disciplines are described in the specific web pages.

The programs leading to a Master’s degree are designed to provide training in both theory and practice in the selected discipline, with an opportunity to synthesize the training in the form of either a thesis or a project. The department, unfortunately, cannot guarantee funding for Master’s students.