Students will be considered for admission if they have an MD or equivalent (e.g., dentistry or veterinary medicine), and meet the general requirements of admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and the minimum program pre-requisites (see below).
The program is available on a full time or part time basis. It can be completed in one year (coursework, comprehensive exam and major paper) but must be completed according to Graduate Studies requirements.
On average, approximately 18-20 students will be admitted each year, although this can vary from year to year. The School selects the strongest candidates from among the pool of applicants who satisfy the minimal eligibility and basic requirements.
Application deadlines: We have only one admission cycle per year for commencing studies in September. Applications are accepted at any time up to February 1st. Fellows and residents who are advised after this deadline that they require admission to the MHSc to fulfill academic requirements, should contact the School for additional information.
A complete application consists of the following:
- Application for admission to a graduate program at the University of British Columbia (completed on-line). On the application form there is provision for a letter of intent where you should detail your work history to date, a statement of your education and career goals and the reasons why you believe the MHSc will meet your stated career goals. Also include details of your funding options. If you do not include this in the on-line application form, your letter of intent should be sent directly to the MHSc Program Office by email, fax or hard copy.
- Two official copies of your transcripts from all colleges and universities attended sent directly to the program office in envelopes which have been sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution. If the official transcript does not indicate the degree name and the degree conferral date, then two official copies of the degree certificate are required. Transcripts in a foreign language must be accompanied by official English translations. If you have academic programs in progress as of February 1st, arrange to submit the most recent transcript and have the final transcript forwarded to the School as soon as it is available. Please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements concerning Domestic and International transcripts here.
If your transcripts are available through PCRC (Medical Council of Canada) and they have been verified, we will accept those in lieu of original transcripts. Verified copies of your transcripts must be sent to us directly by PCRC.
Current and former UBC students: You do not need to submit official copies of your UBC transcripts as a part of your graduate application package. However, please be aware that you are still responsible submitting transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions that you have attended attended (e.g., exchange year, transfer year, etc.).
- Three confidential references: You can use the reference form here, or a letter from your referee, or both. At least two references should be submitted by former instructors. Professional references may be acceptable in the event of unavailability of academic references, however, you should make every effort to obtain referees who can provide an assessment of your potential for success in an academic graduate program. For a reference document to be considered official, the document and the envelope's seal must be signed by the referee. Reference documents must be sent directly to the program in the sealed and endorsed envelopes. We accept electronic references, but only via the online application process.
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume detailing your academic and work history, and noting any relevant research or related experience (in courses, employment, volunteer work), and publications. Please send this directly to the MHSc Program Office via email attachment, fax or hard copy.
- Proof of competency in English, i.e., Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, minimum score 625 on the paper version of the test and 107 on the internet version) is required from all applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application, and official test scores ordered from the testing agency are required for application. Photocopies of test scores are not acceptable. Note: If you have been employed in a job where English is/was the language of daily use this may be acceptable.
- Non-refundable application fee payable by credit card at the time of application.
- Permanent residents of Canada must send a photocopy of both sides of their Permanent Resident Card to the MHSc Program Office. Please send this via email attachment, fax or hard copy.
- You can check your application status through your online checklist. This is the only way to see what has arrived as it is updated daily. (Please note you can only view the online checklist if you have submitted your application.) Also please note, the deadline for application, and receipt of all documents, is February 1, 2013. Your application will be not be considered by the Admissions Committee unless all documents have been received by the deadline.
- Deferral requests will be considered on a case by case basis and may only be approved in extenuating circumstances.
- All documents in support of the application should be addressed to the
MHSc Academic Program Manager
School of Population & Public Health
2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Last updated August 28, 2012