McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences

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Global Health

McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty:DeGroote School of Business, Faculties of Health Sciences and Social Sciences
Field of Study:International/Global Studies
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,307
International: $6,307


Global health promotes equity in health and addresses current and future global health issues in innovative and multidisciplinary ways. The doctoral program in Global Health at McMaster University focuses on the ideas, concepts, and topics that are evolving in the field, with an aim to propel innovative research and solutions to emerging challenges. Building on the award-winning Master of Science in Global Health (2016 CBIE Panorama Award recipient for Outstanding International Education Program), the doctoral program encourages independent and original thought, and the application of rigorous methods to the creation of new scholarly research. Students have the option to complete a cotutelle, which enables them to work towards a PhD that is jointly awarded by both McMaster University and Maastricht University, our partner institution in The Netherlands.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*77
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    This program seeks candidates who show high scholarly promise, and who have a strong graduate background in global health or a related interdisciplinary field. Students applying to the PhD program in Global Health require a minimum B+ average. Program applicants are generally required to have a thesis-based masters’ degree. Applicants with course-based masters’ will be reviewed by the admissions committee with particular consideration of additional professional or research experience.

    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based)
    Application Notes : Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit an official copy of their 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) is needed for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Students taking the IELTS are required to achieve a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each category. Equivalent scores on other recognized tests may also be considered. Each of these scores are only valid for 2 years. Students who have completed an Academic ESL program through Canadian academic institutions may petition to have this considered in lieu of TOEFL. Applicants may be exempted from this requirement if they have completed a university degree at which English is the language of instruction.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Portfolio
    Applicants are asked to submit a Statement of Research Interest as a PDF to the Upload Materials page in the online application. The personal statement is your opportunity to provide us with insight into your motivation and interest in pursuing doctoral studies in Global Health.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 08, 2022