***WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR MAY AND SEPTEMBER 2018***
Apply to the Biochemistry Graduate Program today and start your graduate studies in Ontario’s leading Biochemistry program!


Before applying to McMaster University, you need to prepare your application.  For complete instructions, please refer to the School of Graduate Studies website (see “Start your Application” button below).


Application Deadlines

May 1, 2018
Domestic Applicants:  February 16, 2018
International Applicants:  January 31, 2018

September 1, 2018 (Domestic and International Applicants)
Early deadline (recommended):   February 16, 2018
Applications close:  May 31, 2018


Offers of admission to our Graduate Program are conditional upon identifying and confirming acceptance with one of our faculty members (see link below). Please note, it is not necessary or mandatory to have secured a position at the time of application, however we strongly encourage students to contact faculty members and to visit our department to discuss possible research projects. Conditional admissions are processed through the School of Graduate Studies after the department has processed approval.  Your offer of conditional admission will state clearly what requirements are to be met (for example, official transcript confirming that your degree has been conferred with at least a B+ average, English language qualifications, etc.) and will define the deadlines for completion of requirements.


Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions.  We are located in the the Health Sciences Centre, Room 4H22.
> Lisa Kush kushL@mcmaster.ca ), Ext. 22064
Allison Taylortayloa1@mcmaster.ca ), Ext. 22939.

universityhallAdmission Requirements

Admission into the Biochemistry Graduate Program M.Sc. program requires a minimum of a B.Sc. with B+ average (8.5/12) in Biochemistry. Students with a Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Medicine, Microbiology or Physics degree are also eligible for admission. While most students are admitted to our programs as M.Sc. students, undergraduates having exceptional grades (consistent A to A+ average in all four years of study) and research experience may be considered for direct admission to our PhD program. Students may request consideration for admission by this route by emailing the Associate Chair, Graduate Education, (Dr. Brian Coombes) or Graduate Officer (Lisa Kush).  Decisions are made by the Graduate Recruitment Committee in direct consultation with the student.

Students applying to our program who already hold a M.Sc. degree from another institution can be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program subject to approval from our admissions panel. Such students are required to take a qualifying exam, similar in structure and content to a transfer exam within their first nine months of graduate school. In some cases, the admissions panel will recommend students holding a M.Sc. be admitted to the program as a Master’s student. All students who enter into the M.Sc. program have an opportunity to transfer directly into the Ph.D. program once here and established in the lab.

Admission Process

The Biochemistry Graduate Program will assemble all documentation.

  1. Initial assessments of completed applications are conducted in March. All students will be informed of our decision no later than April 30th. The Department Admissions Committee will review applications weighing many factors including the applicant’s scholastic record, letters of recommendation, letter of intent, prior performance in laboratory research, and often personal interviews.
  2. Acceptance into our Graduate Program is contingent upon identifying and being accepted by a suitable supervisor in our program. Therefore we strongly encourage students to contact faculty members and to visit our department to discuss possible research projects.
  3. The department will send all favourable applications to the School of Graduate Studies for final approval.
  4. An official letter of admission will be sent from the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants may be accepted conditionally before completing their present degree.
  5. Successful applicants are required to accept or decline their offer of admission within the specified time by completing an on-line response form.

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Supervisor Selection

The most important step on the road to graduate studies is choosing a supervisor.  While we assume that many applicants will already have an idea of what they want to study and/or which faculty member they want to work with, we know that many applicants have not made this decision at the time of application. We encourage candidates to contact prospective faculty members to inquire about possible openings at any time, before or after submitting their application.

Required Documents

The following items are required before your online application will be considered complete.

  • ONE official transcript of academic work completed to date, sent directly from the issuing institution. If the final transcript does not show that a completed degree has been conferred, an official copy of your diploma is also required.  Also note, students are required to attach a copy of all transcripts before submitting their application.
  • TWO completed electronic references from academic referees, completed using the E-Reference system initiated by the Onince Application Form. Please note we do not accept references from employers.
  • If English is not your native language, an official copy of your TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English is required. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 237 on the computer based TOEFL test) or IELTS “Academic Version” with overall score of 6.5 (5.5 minimum score in each section). Our institution code is 0936 and department code is 34.
  • Statement of Interest – Please include a one-page summary describing your research experience (including co-op work, honours project, summer work, etc), why you wish to pursue graduate studies in our program and the areas of research that interest you.
  • Curriculum Vitae

All documents should be sent directly to:

Lisa Kush
McMaster University
Department of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences
1280 Main Street West
Health Sciences Centre, Room 4H22
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Application Fees

Graduate Tuition Fees

Applications must be accompanied by the required $110 application fee. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid in Canadian dollars by means of a valid credit card.