Epidemiology: Admission & Application

Deadline for Receipt of Completed Applications for Fall 2022

M.Sc. and Ph.D.: December 1, 2021

The application system will open September 15, 2021 for the Fall 2022 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.

Applicants to the non-thesis programs must specify their choice of concentration when applying and discuss their interest in their personal statement.

Any applications that are incomplete (including letters of reference, scores from any required standardized tests and grades) by the application deadline will not be considered.

Please note that the Department only admits new students in the Fall term. Applications for the Winter or Summer terms are not accepted. It is important that you select the correct term when completing the application form. We will not be able to change the application term or refund your application fee if you enter the wrong term.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants to the M.Sc. program must hold a Bachelor's degree in a related area.
  • Applicants to the Ph.D. program must hold a Master's degree in Epidemiology, or Public Health, or its equivalent. Applicants who hold a Master’s degree in another area can sometimes be considered. Applicants who are admitted to the Ph.D. Epidemiology program without an M.Sc. in Epidemiology are expected to ensure that they have sufficient preparation for the Ph.D. level courses.
  • The graduate programs in Epidemiology require substantial quantitative skills. The Admission Committees for these programs will look for proof of quantitative proficiency such as good grades in undergraduate-level courses in differential or integral calculus or in statistics (for M.Sc. applicants) and in masters-level courses (for PhD applicants).
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): 3.0/4.0 overall, or at least 3.2/4.0 over last two years of study. Most of our successful applicants have grade point averages well above the stated minimum requirements.
  • The GRE is required of candidates who are health professional graduates from Universities outside Canada or the United States of America.
  • Proof of competency in oral and written English (if applicable).


  • Satisfaction of general requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission to graduate studies is limited and acceptance is on a very competitive basis.
  • At the request of the Admissions Committee, some applicants to the PhD Epidemiology program may be contacted for a Skype interview.

Proof of Competency in Oral and Written English

Although McGill University allows Departments, at their discretion, to accept some other language tests, our Department accepts only the TOEFL or IELTS.

Applicants (including Permanent Residents of Canada) whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), are required to submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English by appropriate exams:

  • TOEFL: a minimum score of 100 on the internet based test, or a score of 600 on the paper based version of the TOEFL test (or 250 on the older computer-based test). [TOEFL results are only valid for two years from the date the test was written]. Institution Code: 0935.
  • IELTS: a minimum overall band of 6.5.

Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Offices. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable.

Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not received by the deadline.

Application & Required Documents

All application material and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system. See www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply for information and instructions.

All applicants to the Epidemiology programs must submit the following:

  1. Online Application for Admission form: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply-now
  2. Application fee: Application fees and other charges are listed on the student accounts website.
  3. Transcripts: your complete record of study from each university-level institution you have attended to date. Uploaded copies will be considered as unofficial; final, official copies will be required once you are offered admission.
  4. Reference letters: on the application form you must provide the names and email addresses of two professors who are familiar with your academic work. McGill will contact these referees and invite them to upload references on your behalf. Please note that although you can list public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo Mail on the application form, references uploaded from these addresses will not be accepted by the Department. Therefore you must list a valid institutional or corporate e-mail address for your referees.
    When planning your application submission, please be aware that referees are asked to respond within ten days. As our deadline falls close to the holiday break, please take this into account when communicating with your referees, and consider submitting by November 15 in order to give them ample time to respond. Your file is not considered complete until the referees responses have been received.
  5. Personal Statement: your statement should be no more than two (2) pages and address the following:
    • What are your post-epidemiology training/career objectives?
    • What specific knowledge and skills do you hope to acquire during your epidemiology training?
    • How will this knowledge and these skills enable you to attain your career objectives?
    • What particular area(s), if any, would you like to study in your course work for the program?
    • What particular area(s), if any, would you like to pursue for your project or thesis topic?
    • If you have a specific research question in mind, provide a brief outline.
  6. Curriculum Vitae: an overview of your experience and other qualifications, including employment, academic credentials, publications, contributions, and significant achievements.
  7. TOEFL/IELTS, GRE results (if applicable): when registering for the test, please ensure that you request that results be sent directly to McGill University. McGill will then receive the results electronically, directly from the testing agency. Institution Code: 0935.

Important Information for Applicants to the Intensive M.Sc. Program for Clinicians

In addition to the above, applicants to the Intensive M.Sc. program for clinicians must provide the information listed below.

Applicants must also send a message to the Department via the Comunication Module available on the uApply application system confirming the are applying for the M.Sc. Intensive for Clinicians.  This will allow the Department to enter the additional requirements for their application on the application system.

  • Name of proposed supervisor.
  • Thesis topic.
  • A brief outline of the research question (one page).
  • A letter from their proposed supervisor confirming access to the dataset.
  • A letter from their Clinical Program Director confirming they will be free of clinical duties for the duration of the program.

Important note for applicants to the Ph.D. Epidemiology program 

Applicants will be asked to select their primary and secondary area of research in epidemiology from the  following list:

  • Clinical Epidemiology & Informatics
  • Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Global Health
  • Health Services & Health Policy Research
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Reproductive, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Other (specify)

For further information, please see our research page.

Application Status and Results

Please verify on uApply to see which supporting documents have been uploaded.

You will be informed of your acceptance/non-acceptance by April.

Contact Information

Student Affairs Office
Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health
McGill University
Purvis Hall, Room 27
1020 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1A2

graduate.eboh [at] mcgill.ca

Tel.: 514-398-6258

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