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Graduate Diploma in Oncology (30 credits)

Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in fields related to biomedical science (examples include but are not limited to anatomy, biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and immunology, molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology), healthcare administration/management, kinesiology, medicine, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, psychology, public health and social work with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3/4.0 on the McGill scale.

It is highly recommended that applicants will have taken at least one course in cell and molecular biology or equivalent and one statistics course.

Application Requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Oncology program follows the application procedures outlined on the McGill website:

The application package includes the following:

  1. University transcripts (refer to for more information).
  2. Most recent curriculum vitae.
  3. A 500-1000 word personal statement describing the applicants educational background, professional background (if applicable) and reasons for wishing to take the program. The applicant will also indicate which of the four 6-credit course groupings (area of focus) they would prefer and why, as well as a second choice. The personal statement should clearly indicate the relevance of the applicant’s educational/professional background to their choice(s) of course groupings (area of focus) and how this program ties in with their career goals.
  4. Two letters of reference from professional or educational acquaintances of the candidate.

    NOTE: In the personal statement applicants must clearly state their first and second choice from the four areas of focus listed below as this will determine certain course requirements as well as the focus of their practicum project:
    a. Population and Global Cancer Control
    b. Psychosocial Oncology/Palliative Care
    c. Clinical Cancer Research
    d. Cancer Care Services and Quality

English language proficiency must be demonstrated as per the university guidelines:

All applications will be reviewed by the Program Committee. The Program Committee may choose to interview those applicants who make the short list.


Application Deadlines 

International Applicants: January 15

Canadian Applicants: June 1

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