FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What do you need to know?

IS THERE A  DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BIOMEDICAL DISCOVERY AND COMMERCIALIZATION PROGRAM AND THE BACHELOR OF HEALTH SCIENCES PROGRAM?

Yes, these are two distinct programs that are run independently from one another.  Each program has its own unique curriculum, structure, and program learning outcomes.  It should be noted that both programs are however, administered through the Faculty of Health Sciences and both will lead to an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences degree.

WHAT IS THE TUITION FOR THE PROGRAM?

The projected tuition fees for Canadian/permanent residence students entering the program are:

Student Accounts & Cashiers / Tuition Fees – Undergraduate 
Health Science (Honours)

Student Accounts & Cashiers / Tuition Fees – Graduate
Special Program Fees

Average Internship Salary: $28,000 (for 8 months)

Note: the tuition does not include mandatory supplementary fees.
For students with international status, please contact bdcprogram@mcmaster.ca for tuition inquiries.

HOW DO I GET AN INTERNSHIP POSITION?

The BDC program offers an internship milestone course focused on job search strategies, to optimize the student job search experience. Career services are readily available to build resumes, cover letters, and develop interviewing and networking skills. In addition, a high priority for the BDC program is to build a strong network with the southern Ontario health sciences business community. Student relocation or travel may be required depending on the targeted industry and position.

It is the student’s responsibility to work with the BDC career service to apply for suitable opportunities and participate in the recruitment process.

IS MY INTERNSHIP PAID?

Most internship opportunities are paid. However, due to the internship term being focused on providing a meaningful experiential learning opportunity, exceptions can be made for students to accept an unpaid position with approval from the BDC program.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE  REQUIREMENTS FOR THE  GRADUATE PROGRAM?

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.

Master’s level admission will be almost exclusively to students who have completed the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Program.

Application deadline is January 17.

Learn more about the program by contacting a current MBDC Student or Staff Member and please visit our new Student-Centred Website

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