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Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Bachelor of Health Sciences Application Process

2020 Undergraduate Application Process

The undergraduate application portal for September 2020 admission will open this fall. The application deadline is February 1, 2020.  Thank you for your interest in the BDC program!

 

Undergraduate Application Requirements

By June 2020, 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.  Applicants are expected to have achieved an overall average of at least 3.0 on the OMAS 4.0 Scale by February 1st, 2020 at 11:59 pm in order to be considered for the program. On the McMaster 12-point scale this is an 8.0 (B).
NOTE:  Students who are enrolled in a co-op program are advised 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 BDC Application Form Fall 2020 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.  Access to your current GPA can be found in the Mosaic Student Center under the Academic tab, then select the current term for your most up-to-date GPA.  Applications are to be e-mailed to bdcprogram@mcmaster.ca by February 1st, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

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 February 1st, 2020 at 11:59 pm.  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 BDC Application Form Fall 2020 and e-mail it to bdcprogram@mcmaster.ca by February 1st, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

III) Indigenous Applicants

Indigenous participation in the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization (BDC) Undergraduate 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.

PLEASE NOTE:  Indigenous applicants are also required to complete all other application requirements by February 1st, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

Indigenous applicants need to meet the following requirements:

Admission into the BDC Undergraduate Program normally requires a minimum of two years of undergraduate course work with a B average (8/12). 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.

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Undergraduate Application Dates to Remember

February 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Program applications are due

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Admissions Interviews

Late March/Early April 2020

Offers of admission will be sent out to all successful applicants

Late March/Early April 2020

Student decision about offers

September 2020

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Undergraduate Program Admission Requirements

  • 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.

Undergraduate Application Requirements

  •  See above for details.

Undergraduate Admissions Interview

  • Applicants will be selected for an interview based on their cumulative average and supplementary application. Please note that the selection committee does not provide feedback on applications.
  • Interviews will take place on Saturday, February 29th, 2020.  

How Do I Apply to the Graduate Program?

Master of Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization (MBDC) Application Process:

  • The graduate application portal for September 2020 admission will open this fall. The application deadline is January 17, 2020.
  • Please refer to the School of Graduate Studies website for additional information about the MBDC graduate program, the minimum admission requirements, and the application process.
  • Master’s level admission will be almost exclusively to students who have completed the Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Program and who have obtained a B+ average (8.5/12).  External candidates must have the equivalent science and business background.  Please review the undergraduate course guidelines to determine eligibility.
  • Applicants entering the MBDC Graduate program may be considered for a graduate scholarship at the time of admission.

 

MBDC 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; faculty members). 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.

Indigenous Applicants

Indigenous participation in the Master’s of Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization (MBDC) 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.

PLEASE NOTE:  Indigenous applicants are also required to complete all other application requirements by the specified deadline.

Indigenous applicants need to meet the following requirements:

While admission into the MBDC graduate program will be almost exclusively to students who have completed the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization program and who have obtained a B+ average (8.5/12), 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. 

WHAT GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE?

Applicants will be automatically considered for scholarships; there is no separate application process.

 

Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Graduate Scholarship 

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).

 

Learn more about the program by contacting a current MBDC Student or Staff Member.