Admission & Applications


Please note that our program is currently undergoing a revision. Admissions criteria remain the same, but there may be some changes in the program requirements for students admitted in Fall 2020.

Application for Fall 2020 will open on September 15, 2019. Please note that we cannot provide a pre-assessment of application documents. Please consult our admissions criteria and FAQ document to see whether you meet our minimum requirements.


Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree in a related area: Basic sciences, health sciences, engineering, social sciences (such as sociology, economics, political science), and the health professions. 
  2. The MScPH program requires substantial quantitative skills.  The admissions committee will look for proof of quantitative proficiency, such as good grades in undergraduate-level courses in differential or integral calculus, or in statistics. Applicants who completed calculus at the CEGEP/College level may upload these transcripts as an additional document. The GRE is required of candidates who are health professional graduates from Universities outside Canada or the United States of America.
  3. A cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0/4.0, or minimum 3.2/4.0 over the last two years of study: GPA calculations are done by the university. Please do not submit external transcript evaluations.
  4. Proof of competency in oral and written English (if applicable): The Department only accepts the TOEFL or IELTS.

NOTE: Meeting the general requirements does not guarantee admission. As the MScPH is a non-thesis program, applicants do not need to identify a supervisor before applying. While the language of instruction is English, some practicum placement sites in Quebec require a working knowledge of French. The language for placement sites outside of Quebec is generally English.

Application & Required Documents

All application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to uApply, the McGill admissions processing system. The uApply system opens September 15.

NOTE: The MScPH program 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.

All applicants to the Master’s of Public Health program must submit the following:

Online application form:

Application fees: Fees are listed on the student accounts website.

Transcripts: Complete transcripts 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.

Reference letters: Provide the names and email addresses of two referees: 



  • One familiar with your academic work
  • One who has worked with you in the past 3 years.
  • McGill will contact these referees and invite them to upload references on your behalf.
  • You must provide valid institutional or corporate e-mail addresses for your referees. References uploaded from public domain addresses (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, etc.) will not be accepted unless permission is granted by the MScPH department.

Personal statement: Your statement should be no more than 2 pages and address the following:

  • What are your career objectives?
  • What specific knowledge and skills do you hope to acquire?
  • How will this knowledge and these skills enable you to attain your career objectives?
  • What area(s) of population health, public health and epidemiology, would you like to study?
  • What particular area(s) of population health, public health and epidemiology, would you like to pursue for your practicum?


Curriculum Vitae: An overview of your experience and other qualifications, including employment, academic credentials, publications, contributions and significant achievements.

English TOEFL/IELTS/GRE results (If applicable)

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

When registering for the test, please ensure that you request results be sent directly to McGill University (Institution Code: 0935). McGill will receive the results electronically directly from the testing agency. For more details about language requirements, see Admission Requirements: Proof of competency in oral and written English.

MasterCard Foundation Scholarship

We are no longer accepting requests for MCF nominations for Fall 2019.

Please note that applicants to our program from sub-Saharan Africa are eligible to apply for a MasterCard Foundation Scholarship.

Applicants who wish to be considered or nominated for an MCF Scholarship for Fall 2020 must contact the department between September 15 and November 15, 2019. Please email mscph.eboh [at] (subject: Mastercard%20Foundation%20Scholarship) for more information.


Questions About Admission? Please see our FAQ page


Contact Information

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

mscph.eboh [at]

Tel.: 514-398-1964