Epidemiology: Admission & Application

As of October 2012, McGill’s formerly paper-based graduate application process has been replaced with a more convenient electronic version. For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare.

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.

Deadline for Receipt of Completed Applications

  • M.Sc. and Ph.D.: December 15, 2012
    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.

Admission Requirements

  • The GRE is required of candidates who are health professional graduates from Universities outside North America.
  • The graduate programs in epidemiology (MSc and PhD) and public health (MScPH) 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).
  • 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 its equivalent. Those who do not meet these requirements may be admitted to a Preparatory Year.
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): 3.0 overall, or at least 3.2/4.0 over last two years of study.
  • Proof of competency in oral and written English (see below, if applicable).

NOTE: Satisfaction of general requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission to graduate studies is limited and acceptance is on a very competitive basis.


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, Department Code: 99.
  • 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 and Required Documents

All supplemental application material and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system. See www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/submitting-your-documents 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/ready.

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 at least 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. You MUST inform your referees to use one of the following form: eboh_referee_evaluation-recommendation_201210.pdf or eboh_referee_evaluation-recommendation_201210.docx.

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: 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.

Applicants to the M.Sc Thesis in Epidemiology program must also upload the checklist available at eboh_app_checklist_201210.pdf as part of their application.

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

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

Application Status

Please verify on Minerva 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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