Admission & Applications

Our application period is from 15 September to 1 December for a Fall admission. We cannot provide a pre-assessment of application documents. Please consult our admissions criteria and FAQ page to see whether you meet our minimum requirements.

McGill MScPH students come from a variety of academic backgrounds including the basic sciences, health sciences, engineering as well as social sciences, such as sociology and economics. We particularly welcome applicants who are returning to academia after spending time in the work force. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated capacity in analytic and quantitative methods, but life and work experience are also an important aspect of the applicant profile.

Admission Requirements

  1. 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. Substantial quantitative skills: The admissions committee will look for proof of quantitative proficiency, grades B+ or above in at least two undergraduate-level courses in differential or integral calculus, or in other university level mathematics or statistics courses.
    For more information: PDF icon mcgill_mscph_-_quantitative_training_requirements.pdf
  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 English language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS); only in certain cases

OPTIONAL: For international health professionals, and other applicants without significant quantitative training on their transcript, GRE results with a strong result (80th percentile) in the Quantitative score, may strengthen your application.

McGill University embraces the principles of academic freedom, integrity, responsibility, equity, and inclusiveness.

You are invited to include a statement outlining how your background, experience, and prior academic, professional, and personal contributions have demonstrated your commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. This statement is optional.

Diverse perspectives are welcomed. Statements may focus on (but are not limited to) the following perspectives:

  • How you have incorporated elements of equity, diversity, and inclusion in your work, academic career, community service, or other activities;
  • How your experiences of inequity or disadvantage as part of a group that has been excluded, unrecognized, or historically marginalized has influenced your life and/or shaped your perspectives on equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • How graduate training at McGill could enrich your perspectives on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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 and Required Documents

All application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system. The 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: Slate

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

Transcripts: Complete transcripts from each university-level institution you have attended to date, including institutions attended on an exchange.

  • Uploaded copies are 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 academic or life experience makes you a good candidate for this program?
  • 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.

Quantitative Training Document: A single pdf document consisting of a list of courses that address our quantitative requirement, the grades obtained and the course outlines. Course outlines are not required for calculus courses, or for McGill courses listed on our quantitative training requirements info sheet. PDF icon mcgill_mscph_-_quantitative_training_requirements.pdf



English TOEFL/IELTS results (If applicable)


For information regarding English language proficiency test, please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies web page. Note that for our department, the minimum TOEFL score required is 100 on the internet based test, or 600 on the paper based version of the TOEFL test (or 250 on the older computer-based test). Institution Code: 0935.



McCall MacBain Scholarship

The application period is from June to September. For more information, please visit their website


Questions About Admission? Please see our FAQ page


Contact Information

Admissions, Student Affairs Office
Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health

McGill University, School of Global and Population Health
2001 McGill College, Suite 1200
Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 1G1, Canada

mscphadmissions.eboh [at]

Tel.: 514-398-1964

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