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MSc Admission

The HRM MSc program is divided into two admissions streams: Health Professionals (Stream I), and Background in Health, Social, or Biological Sciences (Stream II). Due to the nature of the HRM program, students are expected to register in the program full-time and study on a full-time basis; however, in some instances part-time may be the only viable option. Please note that full-time McMaster University employees must register part-time.

All students (Stream I & Stream II) must have completed a four-year honours university degree with a B+ average (75-79% equivalent to a McMaster 8.5 grade point average) in the final year.

Meeting the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission.

Clinical Investigator Program (Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons)
McMaster Postgraduate Medical Education Program allows Clinician Investigator Program trainees the opportunity to undertake a Master's or PhD degree as a full-time student. Please refer to the Handbook for CIP trainees and the Health Sciences Graduate Programs Policy re CIP Applicants (the latter is available from the Office of the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, MDCL, Room 2235). Separate applications are required for both. For more information on the Clinical Investigator Program, please visit their website at //

The Quality of Life Program - A CIHR Training Program in Rehabilitation Research
The School of Rehabilitation Science offers a unique funding opportunity for rehabilitation scientists at the graduate level through sponsorship from CIHR. This mentored training program is available to students through a partnership between McMaster University and the University of British Columbia. Graduate students who are selected will be able to expand their research training by participating in an integrated, interdisciplinary, online rehabilitation training program that has a specific focus on quality of life. This opportunity is disigned for students enrolled in specific graduate programs who are Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists or individuals who have clinical or research experience in rehabilitation, For further information, please visit our website at: //

Health Professionals (Stream I)

Stream I students are health professionals including physicians, nurses, dentists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, etc.

All candidates will be assessed on their potential ability to become independent researchers in their own clinical field.

The research training provides them with additional competence in research methodology which will be integrated with their established clinical skills.

Full-time Stream I students who enter in July and plan a thesis-based MSc normally complete the minimum course requirements by the following April. Preliminary thesis work (e.g. selection of topic) often commences by April, and culminates in a defense during the following academic year. Some students elect to take additional courses in their second year and delay their defense accordingly.

Full-time students who enter in July and plan a course-based master's usually graduate in 1.5 to 2 years. Taking the co-op option will delay the student for eight months.

Background in Health, Social, or Biological Sciences (Stream II)

Stream II students often come from backgrounds in health, social or biological sciences. The training received by these students is intended to provide the skills necessary for them to function as researchers in the health care system.

Prior training in mathematics, statistics or the biological sciences is not a prerequisite. Students with background in health studies, kinesiology, health economics and other social sciences are encouraged to apply. Applicants with previous experience in health-related research settings tend to have an advantage over other applicants.

It is common for full-time students admitted in this stream to take two years to complete the program. Candidates with some background in health sciences usually complete the program in a shorter time period than those without. Preliminary thesis work (e.g. selection of topic) often commences by April of the first year and culminates in a defense during the following academic year.

Full-time students who enter in July and take the course-based master's usually graduate in 1.5 to 2 years; the co-op option is an additional 8 months.

Stream II students are encouraged to carefully examine information about the research interests of HRM faculty and indicate in the Statement of Interest up to three possible faculty members who share their research interests (See PhD/ MSc Supervisors, MSc Supervisors).

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