NOTE* The 2018 Undergraduate Application Process is now closed
2019 Undergraduate Application Process
Thank you for your interest in the BDC program!
Undergraduate Application Requirements
By June 2019, applicants must have completed a minimum of two years of undergraduate course work. Please note that co-op work terms do not count towards the course work requirement. Two years of undergraduate course work requires a minimum of 10 full courses or 20 half courses. Only degree courses at an accredited university will be considered. While the program is open to applicants from a diverse range of programs, at minimum, applicants must have completed first year biology and chemistry. The program calculates a cumulative GPA for all undergraduate study. By February 1st, applicants are expected to have achieved an overall average of at least 3.0 on the OMAS 4.0 Scale for consideration. On the McMaster 12-point scale this is an 8.0 (B).
NOTE: Students who are enrolled in a co-op program are to contact the program office regarding admission eligibility.
I) Current McMaster Students
Current McMaster students may apply for program transfer. The application process involves the submission of a supplementary application form and a copy of your McMaster University Unofficial Transcript report (downloaded from MOSAIC and attached as a pdf with your application). Transcripts must show results for all courses completed at the time of submission, including those completed during the fall term of the current academic year. In addition, all courses registered for the winter term of the current academic year, must be indicated on the transcript. Unofficial transcripts must indicate registration in a minimum of 10 full courses or 20 half courses. Applications are to be e-mailed to email@example.com by 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2019.
PLEASE NOTE: McMaster second degree students are also required to complete a McMaster Returning Student On-Line Application.
II) Students External to McMaster
Applicants external to McMaster University will apply for admission to the university using the on-line application through the Ontario Universities Application Center (OUAC): www.ouac.on.ca/105/ prior to the February 1, 2019 application submission deadline. An official interim transcript must be submitted and received by McMaster prior to the February 1st deadline. The transcript must show the results for all courses completed at the time of submission, including those completed during the fall term of the current academic year. In addition, all courses registered for the winter term of the current academic year, must appear on the transcript. Official transcripts must indicate registration in a minimum of 10 full courses or 20 half courses. After completion of your application via OUAC you will also be required to complete the supplementary application form and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 pm on February 1, 2019.
Questions about the undergraduate application process?
February 1, 2019
Program applications are due by 11:59 pm
Late February/Early March 2019
Late March/Early April 2019
Offers of admission will be sent out to all successful applicants
Late March/Early April 2019
Student decision about offers due by 11:59 pm
Program starts. Welcome Class of 2021!
- Successful completion of Level II Science, Health Sciences, or a relevant Level II program. By the time students enter the BDC program, they must have completed at minimum, 10 full courses or 20 half courses. First year biology and chemistry are required.
- NOTE: students external to McMaster who have already completed Organic Chemistry I should consider completing Organic Chemistry II at their current university as they may need to take McMaster’s Organic Chemistry I if their Organic Chemistry I course is not deemed equivalent.
- See above for details.
- Applicants will be selected for an interview based on their cumulative average and written statement. Please note that the selection committee does not provide feedback on applications.
- Interviews will take place late February/early March 2019.
Master of Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Application Process:
- Please refer to the School of Graduate Studies website for additional information about the BDC graduate program, the minimum admission requirements, and the application process.
- The Application Deadline for September 2018 admission has passed.
- The Application Deadline for September 2019 admission is January 17, 2019. The application portal will become available in fall 2018.
- Master’s level admission will be almost exclusively to students who have completed the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Program.
- Applicants entering the BDC Graduate program in the Fall of 2018 may be considered for a graduate scholarship!
BDC Graduate Program Admission Requirements
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.
Two confidential letters of recommendation from instructors most familiar with your academic work (i.e. academic referees). Please note that McMaster University uses the Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of your referee through the online application, the system will automatically send an eReference request on your behalf once your application has been submitted. Please note we do not accept references from employers.
A personal curriculum vitae/resume (submitted online with the application).
A written statement of interest describing why you want to pursue graduate studies and how you plan to benefit from the program (submitted online with the application; approximately 250 words).
*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.
There is a $110 non-refundable application fee that is paid by credit card (MasterCard) or Interac card.
Applicants will be automatically considered for scholarships; there is no separate application process.
The Biogen Scholarship in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization
Established in 2015, by Biogen Canada Inc., this scholarship is to be awarded to a full-time graduate student in the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Program who demonstrates excellence in academic achievement, through recommendation of a committee from the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Program.
The Stewart-Anthony Family Scholarship in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization
Established in 2015 by the Stewart–Anthony family, to be awarded to a full-time graduate student in the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Program who demonstrates excellence in academic achievement.
Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Graduate Scholarship
An entrance scholarship funded by the BDC program office, to be awarded to a student in the MBDC program who demonstrates excellence in academic achievement.
Faculty Ontario Graduate Scholarship
Awarded to a domestic student who has achieved a first-class average (which is an A- at McMaster) in each of the last two completed years of study (full-time equivalent).