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Health Sciences Programs

Health Sciences Programs

Health Sciences Programs

McMaster University offers a variety of programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences from undergraduate to post-graduate. 

Bachelor of Health Sciences

  • Four year Honours program
  • Interdisciplinary approach to the study of health, wellness, and illness
  • Experiential learning
  • Inquiry based

Apply to the BHSc Program through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC)

Supplementary application required by McMaster, available at:
  • Biology (SBI4U)
  • Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • English (ENG4U)
  • One additional U or M credit to total six
  • A minimum of 90% is required for consideration
  • One of:
    • Advanced Functions (MHF4U)
    • Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U) or
    • Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
  • One non-math, non-science, non-technology 4U/M*

*Note: Courses in mathematics, science or technological education are not acceptable.

Important Dates

  • January 18, 2018: OUAC application deadline
  • End of May: Latest you can expect an admission response
  • June: Respond to offer of admission
  • September: Program begins


  • 4 years (September to April)
  • Can complete at McMaster, Mohawk or Conestoga
  • Courses include clinical placement, community health, anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, pathophysiology, problem-based learning, etc.
  • Skills you will learn: injections, medication administration, dressing change, IV medication, communication, suture/staple removal, assessment, CPR, and much more

Apply to McMaster’s BScN Program through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) 

Applicants directly from Ontario Secondary Schools 

  • At least 6 grade 12 U/M level courses, including: 
  • English U 
  • One advanced Functions U, or Mathematics or Data Management U, Calculus and Vectors U 
  • Biology U 
  • Chemistry U 
  • Two additional Grade 12 U or M courses to total six 

Applicants from other provinces and countries must achieve the equivalent to the qualifications listed above in their secondary school graduation year. 

Practical Nursing is an Ontario College Diploma program offered at Mohawk’s Institute for Applied Health Sciences, located on the McMaster University campus in Hamilton, Ontario. The Practical Nursing program runs for 16 calendar months over 4 semesters. 

Practical Nursing with Aboriginal Communities, an Ontario College Diploma program, is offered every second year at Six Nations Polytechnic. Students in the program will have the opportunity to experience collaborative learning, the learning methodology where students are responsible for their own learning and for contributing to the learning of their peers. 

For more information about these programs, requirements, and Indigenous facilitated admissions:

Important Dates

  • February 1: OUAC Application due 
  • End of May: Latest an admission responce can be expected 
  • June: Respond to an offer of admission 
  • September: Program begins 



    • Three years of undergraduate education (30 semester credits) in any field of study/any university 
    • Problem-Based, Self-Directed Learning
    • Early Clincial Exposure

    Apply to the MD Program through the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS)

    • Three years of undergrad in any discipline with a GPA of at least 3.0 on the 4.0 scale
    • Online application - OMSAS (Including 3 references)
    • CASPer (Online test)
    • MCAT - If the MCAT was written prior to April 2015, but within five years of the application deadline, the score from the Verbal Reasoning section must be a minimum of 6. If the new MCAT was written (after April 2015), a score of 123 on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning Section is required 
    • Successful MMI 

    With an understanding that Indigenous learners can face specific barriers or challenges when pursuing higher education, schools and programs within McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences have facilitated admissions streams for applicants with Indigenous North American (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) ancestry. This process is intended to provide equitable access to Indigenous applicants and aligns with the intent of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action. 

    Applicants to Medicine wishing to apply through McMaster’s Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP) need to complete the supplementary self-identification application in addition to McMaster University and program specific application processes listed below.  The FIAP self-identification application is submitted to McMaster’s Indigenous Health Task Force (IHTF) through the Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office.

    Indigenous applicants are required to complete the OMSAS application and must meet the same minimum academic criteria for admissions as set out for the general pool of candidates (three or more years of undergraduate degree-level courses by May of the year of entry with an overall GPA of at least 3.00 as calculated on the OMSAS 4.00 scale and a minimum score of 6 on the Verbal Reasoning component of the MCAT or 123 on the Critical Analysis and Reasoning section of the MCAT 2015, and CASPer).

    The MCAT

    • In order to reduce barriers for Indigenous applicants, provision of MCAT scores may be deferred beyond the application deadline. Those Indigenous applicants wishing to delay taking the MCAT until after invitations to interview are sent out in early February are free to do so, but should be aware that they MUST forward a minimum MCAT verbal reasoning score of 6 or critical analysis and reasoning score of 123 to the Admissions Office before the offer of admission date in order to maintain eligibility. 
    • Indigenous applicants opting for the deferred deadline should book their MCAT in the Fall to ensure they have secured a test date which has a score release date early enough to meet the deadline. Please note that a fee may be applied by MCAT for cancellations.

    Important Dates

    • Mid-July: OMSAS Online application service opens
    • October 1: Completed application to be submitted
    • November 1: MCAT scores released to OMSAS - unless deferred through the Indigenous Application Process, the score must be received by the admissions office prior to the second Tuesday in May
    • End of January/Early February: Invitation to interview
    • Mid-February: MSEI workshop hosted by ISHS - all Indigenous Applicants invited to interview will also be invited to participate in this workshop
    • Late March/Early April: MMI Weekend at McMaster
    • Mid-May: Offers of admissions sent out
    • June 30: Final transcripts must be received at OMSAS
    • End of August: Program Begins


    • 4 year Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery
    • Small class sizes
    • Direct entry professional program
    • Majority of program consists of clinical placements

    Apply to the Midwifery Program through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC)

    Direct Entry from High School/Secondary School Equivalency

    • English 12 U
    • Biology 12 U or Chemistry 12 U (both recommended)
    • One Grade 12 U or 12 M course in Social Science (History, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Family Studies, Geography, Law)
    • Completion of additional 12 U or M courses to total six credits.
    • Minimum grade of 75% in each of the three required courses listed in points 1, 2, and 3 above and a minimum overall average of 75% on all Grade 12 U or M courses (including the required courses).

    Students can apply from a variety of backgrounds, including, but not limited to: previous post-secondary school experience, current post-secondary school students, and mature students. It is highly recommended that applicants have at one year of post-secondary experience before applying to Midwifery.

    Important Dates

    • February 1: Application due 
    • Late April/Early May: Multi-Mini Interviews
    • End of May: Latest you can expect an admission response
    • June: Respond to offer of admission
    • September: Program begins

    Physician Assistant

    • 24 students per year
    • 2 year program, 24 months 
      • - Year 1: Clinical Science/Courses
      • - Year 2: Clinical Training
    • Problem-based Learning

    Apply to the Physician Assistants Program through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC)

    Supplementary application required by McMaster available at:

    Admissions Committee will consider:

    GPA and Transripts
    Supplementary Application
    Interview (MMI)

    • 2 years of undergraduate university
    • 3.0 GPA (OMSAS 4.0 scale)
    • No specific course requirements

    The Physician Assistant Program has a facilitated admission stream for Indigenous applicants. Indigenous applicants who meet the above criteria and who satisfy all admission requirements, with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 will be automatically invited to come for an interview.

    In accordance with the Self-Identification policy of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) applicants who wish to apply to a program that has a facilitated Indigenous admissions stream must complete the supplementary Self-identification Application.

    Information on the policy, application requirements and the online application can be found at

    Important Dates

    • February 1: Application Due (including supplementary application)
    • Late April/Early May: Multi-Mini Interviews
    • End of May: Latest you can expect an admission response
    • June: Respond to offer of admission
    • September: Program begins

    Rehabilitation Science: Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy

    • 2 extended study years
    • Problem-based, self-directed learning
    • Experience and training in real practice environments
    • Hands on learning opportunities
    • The opportunity to learn practical skills in both clinical and research environments

    Apply to the OT/PT programs through the Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS)

    Students applying to the Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy Msc (OT) or Physiotherapy MSc (PT) at McMaster will be required to have the following:

    • Applicants require a four-year baccalaureate degree (120 units/credits or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.30/4.0 (B+ or 77%) in the last two (2) years or 60 units of university academic study.
      • The degree can be in any university discipline; none are favoured
    • Applicants may apply in the final year of their degree.
      • Applicants who apply in tehir fourth year of their degree proram must provide proof of completion of the degree requirements prior to June 30, of the year they apply in.
    • Applicants who have graduated from a three-year baccalaureate degree (90 units/credits) must complete additional university work in order to be eligible to apply.  For example:
      • An additional 30 units/credits to now total 120 units/credits in all.
      • Contained within this 120 units/credits,18 units/credits must be at the fourth-year level or above; and,
      • A minimum average of B+ or 77% or 3.30/4.0 or 9/12, calculated over the last 60 units of your university course work. 

    In addition to the above requirements, the MSc (PT) degree requires the following pre-requiste courses:

    • Applicants are required to record their pre-requisite courses on the ORPAS Pre-requisite Module.
      • All pre-requisites must have a grade of 3.3/4.0 or B+ or 77% or 9/12 or higher.
    • The MSc Physiotherapy admission pre-requisites include:
      • One ½ credit (3 units) human anatomy course.
      • One ½ credit (3 units) human physiology course OR one full credit (6 units) human anatomy and physiology course.
      • One ½ credit (3 units) statistics course.
      • One ½ credit (3 units) humanities course.
    • Pre-requisite courses must be completed at an accredited university-level.  College-level courses will not be accepted unless the college course has been transferred, as a whole course, to an university transcript.
      • A group of college credits, transferred to an University transcript, will not be accepted.
      • Transfer credits that provide a grade of Pass/Fail cannot be used for a pre-requisite credit.
    • Applicants must be enrolled in the specified pre-requisite courses by the application deadline (i.e., the course must be listed on an official transcript).

    Notes for all applicants:

    The following courses are not included in the GPA calculation:

    • Practicums, placements, interships and activity courses
    • Ontario Bachelor of Education degrees
    • College courses
    • Challenge for credit courses
    • Diploma or certificate programs
    • The FHS at McMaster University has a policy in place to facilitate the admission of students with indigenous ancestry.
    • These applications must be supplemented by documentation (photocopy of an Indian Status Card or Tribal Enrolment Card, Métis Membership/Citizenship Card, Inuit or Inuvialuit Tribal Corporation Number of Inuit Registry; or a letter from an official representative of the applicant’s First Nations band, treaty, tribal or traditional council; Inuit land/territory organization; Métis settlement or community organization; or, a recognized Aboriginal organization.
    • Each year, up to six (6) Year 1 positions will be designated for Indigenous applicants (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) in the PT program.  Applicants should identify their Indigenous nation/citizenship when completing the ORPAS application.
    • Indigenous applicants will be required to meet the admission requirements

    For further information, please contact:
    OT Program Coordinator
    Tel: (905)525-9140 ext.27829
    Fax: (905)524-0069

    PT Program Coordinator
    Tel: (905)525-9140 ext.27859
    Fax: (905)524-0069

    Important Dates

    • October: ORPAS Application opens
    • January 5, 2018: Deadline for applications to ORPAS
    • End of January: Deadline to submit transcripts
    • Beginning of March: Interview Invitations sent out
    • April: MMI at McMaster
    • Mid-May: Admission Offers emailed to applicants 
    • End of August: Orientation Week

    Master of Public Health

    • A focus on general public health issues
    • Additional areas focus on: public health policy and health management, public health research methods, and environmental health
    • Core and elective courses
    • A thesis-based or 4 month practicum-based (with a capstone paper) program
    • Full-time or part-time registration
    • A blend of classroom and optional online course delivery in the future
    • Completion in 16-24 months (full-time) or four years (part-time)

    Apply to the MPH program through School of Graduate Studies McMaster University Application Site

    • Completion of a four-year undergraduate degree in Sciences or equivalent from an accredited university by time of entry into the MPH program, or an approved professional degree (i.e., Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Nutrition, Rehabilitation Sciences, Pharmacy or Social Work – BSW or MSW)
    • B+ average in the final year of study
    • An undergraduate course in statistics or mathematics with at least a B+ grade to ensure appropriate quantitative ability for the epidemiology and biostatistics courses

    Important Dates

    Application dates vary year-to-year. The MPH Program will post on their website when the new dates are finialized.

    For the 2017-2018 academic year the application opened November 1, 2016 and closed January 25, 2017.