Apply to the Biochemistry Graduate Program today and start your graduate studies in
Ontario’s leading Biochemistry program!


As we enter the 2021/2022 academic year, the future is very bright indeed!  The exceptional students who have entered our program in 2021 are a clear demonstration that we continue to attract the top biomedical scholars in the country.  Scholarship holdings in our program continue to expand, with our graduate students bringing in over 1.2 M in annual funding – including some of the most prestigious scholarships in the country.  Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue postdoctoral fellowships in the most prestigious international institutions or have been recruited by leaders in the pharma and biotech industries.   Our graduate program continues to evolve to meet the needs of our students, and the demands of the modern job market.  Equally importantly, we remain focused on our core mission of providing rigorous, world-class training in the biomedical sciences.


Application Deadlines:

MAY 2022 Admission      APPLY HERE

  APPLICATION REFERENCES
Domestic Applicants March 1, 2021 March 11, 2022
International Applicants January 1, 2022 January 1, 2022

SEPTEMBER 2022 Admission     APPLY HERE  
Note:  Application will open November 11

  APPLICATION REFERENCES
Domestic Applicants March 1, 2022 (early deadline)
June 1, 2022 (final deadline)
March 15, 2022
June 15, 2022
     
International Applicants March 1, 2022 March 15, 2022

VACCINATION MANDATE:
In accordance with public health guidance, McMaster University is committed to taking all reasonable precautions to ensure the health and safety of the University community throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.   Effective October 18, 2021, all on-site community members and off-site community members must provide the University with proof that they are fully vaccinated.   For complete details, please refer to the Back to Mac page.


HOW TO APPLY:
Before applying to McMaster University, you need to prepare your application.   It takes approximately 30-45 minutes to complete an application.  You may start an application and return to finish it at a later date, however no changes can be made after submission.   Be sure to make note of any number that is assigned to you.   Please ensure you allow sufficient time to submit all required documents according to the deadlines indicated below. Applications must be accompanied by the required $110 application fee. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid in Canadian dollars.


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.

 FACULTY HOMEPAGES

> BIOCHEMISTRY FACULTY RESEARCH AREAS – Short Descriptions


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:
Entering CanadaStudents need an approved/valid study permit and proof of student status (offer letter/enrollment letter) to travel to Canada, regardless of their vaccination status.   Currently, if fully vaccinated with a Canada-approved vaccine (ie. meeting the government’s vaccinated traveller exemption), you may be exempt from quarantine. If not, you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.   Any relevant updates will be listed on the International graduate students travelling to McMaster page.

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. Matthew Miller) 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.



Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program
Indigenous participation in the Biochemistry Graduate Program is important. To ensure equitable admissions we have a facilitated admissions process for First Nations, Inuit and Métis applicants.  In accordance with the Self-Identification policy of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) applicants who wish to apply through this stream must complete the supplementary Self-identification Application. Information on the policy, application requirements and the online application can be found at: https://ishs.mcmaster.ca/admissions/self-identification

Indigenous applicants must meet the following 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. Indigenous applicants whose average may fall slightly below a B+, but demonstrate other outstanding qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration.  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. Matthew S Miller) or Graduate Officer (Lisa Kush).  Decisions are made by the Graduate Recruitment Committee in direct consultation with the student.

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.

  1. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT(s) – You must provide all post-secondary academic work completed to date.  Please attach a scanned PDF version of your ORIGINAL transcript at the time you apply. This will help us evaluate your application while we wait to receive your original documents (sent directly from the issuing institution).   If the transcript does not show that a completed degree has been conferred, any offer that is issued will be considered conditional upon the applicant demonstrating achievement of the appropriate academic standing (B+ or better) and providing proof of same.  Electronic transcripts are acceptable for assessment purposes.  Official transcripts are to be sent from the issuing institution to Lisa Kush, Graduate Officer, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Office, Health Sciences Centre, room 4H22, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1.  If the final transcript does not show that all degree requirements have been met or the degree is conferred, an official copy of your diploma is also required.
  2. STATEMENT OF INTEREST and CV –  Statement of interest in pursuing graduate studies. This is approximately one page in length. In this statement, be sure to tell us why you are interested in a particular field of study, what you would like to accomplish in your studies, as well as any information that you think would be of use to the people reviewing your application. This statement (along with a current resume or CV) must be uploaded to your application at the time you apply.
  3. REFEREE ASSESSMENTS –  Two Confidential Reports from instructors most familiar with your academic work (for example, current or previous academic research supervisor, industrial supervisor, teacher or thesis advisor).  Referees will upload their confidential assessments to the on-line admission site.  By entering the email address of a referee, the system will automatically send an e-reference request on your behalf.  It is your responsibility to ensure your referees submit their assessments before our indicated deadlines.
  4. PROOF OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY (if applicable) – If English is not your native language, an official copy of your TOEFL or other evidence of competency in English is required. A minimum TOEFL score of 92 (internet-based); 237 (computer-based); 580 (paper-based) or IELTS (Academic Version) with a minimum overall score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section. Applicants who have completed a university degree where the primary language of instruction is English may have this requirement waived.  Please contact our office for more information.  Our institution code is 0936 and department code is 34.  Our department does not require a GRE test score.

Application 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.
  • In order to register, a student must pay tuition fees which are assessed on a term by term basis.  Supplementary fees are charged in addition to tuition.
  • Learn more about these fees on the Registrar’s Office website (Faculty of Health Sciences)  CLICK HERE