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Epidemiology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The graduate programs in Epidemiology (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) and Public Health (M.Sc.) require substantial quantitative skills. The Admission Committees for these programs look for documented proof of quantitative proficiency including good grades in college-level differential and integral calculus. Documented proof of proficiency must be provided in all applications. Applicants having completed this requirement at the CEGEP/college level must upload these transcripts with their university transcripts.

  • Candidates who cannot provide documented proof of calculus proficiency are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test.
  • The GRE is also required of candidates who are health professional graduates from universities outside North America.

Master's in Epidemiology

Applicants to the M.Sc. in Epidemiology programs must hold a bachelor's degree in a related area.

Master's of Public Health

Applicants to the Master's of Public Health programs must hold a bachelor's degree in a related area.


Applicants to the Ph.D. program who hold a master's in Epidemiology are eligible for admission to the core year. Applicants with other graduate-level degrees or exceptional students without a master's degree are also eligible and will be considered for admission to a preparatory year.

Complete details on the Epidemiology programs are available on our Departmental website at: www.mcgill.ca/epi-biostat-occh/grad/epidemiology/requirements.

Language Requirement

Minimum TOEFL scores required, when applicable, of 100 on the Internet-based test. Minimum score for IELTS: 6.5.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Completed applications, with all supporting documents, must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system by the application deadline.

Please download required documents from our website: www.mcgill.ca/epi-biostat-occh, then select the Graduate Studies tab to link to the appropriate degree program.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • EBOH Application Checklist – not required for Ph.D.
  • Research Proposal – required for intensive M.Sc. for clinicians
  • Acceptance by a research supervisor – required for intensive M.Sc. for clinicians

For more details and to download the appropriate forms, please consult the website at www.mcgill.ca/epi-biostat-occh/grad/epidemiology/applying.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Dec. 15 Fall: Dec. 15 Fall: Apr. 30
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: Sept. 15
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2013-2014 (last updated Jul. 17, 2013) (disclaimer)