Admissions Requirements

Deadline:

Online applications for the MHSc program will be accepted from December 1, 2017 to February 1, 2018 for a September 2018 start date.

Information Sessions:

SPPH holds info sessions from October to December each year. For more information, please click here.

Admissions Requirements:

Applicants must meet both the minimum requirements set out by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and by the Master of Health Science program. Meeting the minimum criteria does not ensure acceptance into the program – most successful applicants have more/higher than the minimum.

Degree and GPA

All applicants must have an MD or equivalent (e.g., dentistry or veterinary medicine).

In addition, applicants must have a degree that is academically equivalent to a UBC 4-year Bachelor’s degree or a designation of equivalent status approved by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The GPA is calculated based on all third and fourth-year level coursework and must be at least a B+ average based on the institution’s grading scale.

English Proficiency

No English proficiency is required if the academic credential originates from Canada or the United States.

Quantitative Skills

All applicants must meet our quantitative admission requirements. This can be provided in two ways:

  1. Taking an approved undergraduate statistics or mathematics course within the past ten years with at least a B+ grade. This must appear on your official transcripts.
  2. Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and obtain a minimum score of 153 on the verbal component and 153 on the quantitative component. The test must be taken within the last five years to be accepted. An equivalent, standardized test may be also be accepted, but applicants must contact us for approval.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A detailed and up-to-date CV that highlights your academic and work history, and note any relevant research or related experience (e.x., courses, employment, volunteer work), and publications.

Letter of Intent (LOI)

Applicants are encouraged to be specific in their letters of intent and clearly detail their career objectives, research interests and how the MHSc program will meet career goals. Please avoid duplicating the information in the LOI with the details on the CV. The LOI must not exceed 700 words.

Reference Letters

Applicants are required to have three reference letters as part of their application. The letters should directly address the applicant’s ability to excel in a fast-paced, learner-focused graduate program. We prefer at least two academic reference letters. The MHSc program accepts electronic references from referees who have institutional email addresses. If a referee wishes to send their reference via mail, it should be typed on official letterhead and sent directly to the MHSc Program Office from the referee, in sealed envelopes counter-signed on the envelope flap. Referees who are unable to access the online application system and/or complete the online reference form can either write their own letter and/or download the reference form, and submit hard copies directly to the MHSc office. Instructions will be provided to referees once the application has been submitted.

Degree and GPA

All applicants must have an MD or equivalent (e.g., dentistry or veterinary medicine).

Applicants with international credentials must have academic backgrounds that meet the minimum requirements outlined by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for the country of origin of the credential(s). The GPA is calculated on all courses taken for the degree.

English Proficiency

TOEFL or IELTS is required of all applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction. The test must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. Applicants may upload your copy of your test report or self-report the scores. These scores are considered unofficial until the official scores are received by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at UBC directly from the testing agency. Acceptable English language tests and submission of these results are detailed onlineThe minimum TOEFL score is 100 and the minimum IELTS score is 7.0 (no component score lower than 6.5). If the degree from the university used English as the primary language of instruction, applicants DO NOT require a TOEFL or IELTS score. Applicants must prove this by having the official transcript indicate that the primary language of instruction was in English or having the institution send an official letter stating that the primary instruction was in English.

Quantitative Skills

All applicants must meet our quantitative admission requirements. This can be provided in two ways:

  1. Taking an approved undergraduate statistics or mathematics course within the past ten years with at least a B+ grade. This must appear on your official transcripts.
  2. Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and obtain a minimum score of 153 on the verbal component and 153 on the quantitative component. The test must be taken within the last five years to be accepted. An equivalent, standardized test may be also be accepted, but applicants must contact us for approval.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A detailed and up-to-date CV that highlights your academic and work history, and note any relevant research or related experience (e.x., courses, employment, volunteer work), and publications.

Letter of Intent (LOI)

Applicants are encouraged to be specific in their letters of intent and clearly detail their career objectives, research interests and how the MHSc program will meet career goals. Please avoid duplicating the information in the LOI with the details on the CV. The LOI must not exceed 700 words.

Reference Letters

Applicants are required to have three reference letters as part of their application. The letters should directly address the applicant’s ability to excel in a fast-paced, learner-focused graduate program. We prefer at least two academic reference letters. The MHSc program accepts electronic references from referees who have institutional email addresses. If a referee wishes to send their reference via mail, it should be typed on official letterhead and sent directly to the MHSc Program Office from the referee, in sealed envelopes counter-signed on the envelope flap. Referees who are unable to access the online application system and/or complete the online reference form can either write their own letter and/or download the reference form, and submit hard copies directly to the MHSc office. Instructions will be provided to referees once the application has been submitted.

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