McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences

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McMaster University - Faculty of Health Sciences

Faculty:Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Science
Field of Study:Neuroscience
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,307
International: $17,096


A collaborative partnership among the Faculties of Science, Health Sciences, Engineering and Humanities, the Neuroscience program is designed to break through the conventional boundaries and covers the broadest spectrum of neuroscience. Current research projects within the faculty are aimed at improving human health and discovery in areas such as neural development, behavioural genetics, brain imaging, perception, pain, motor learning, vision, hearing, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, autism, Parkinson's disease, depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, anxiety, addiction, and more.

MiNDS is a research intensive graduate program aimed at training the next generation of leaders in the field of Neuroscience. Students may enter directly to PhD or start in the Masters program and transfer to PhD during their first year of study. Graduate students work in an integrated research environment that covers 5 fields of study in Neuroscience: Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience, Clinical & Health Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, Systems & Behavioural Neuroscience, and Neurotech.


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.
    The McMaster Neuroscience Graduate Program seeks to attract the brightest graduate minds to the field. Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field and our program embraces the full range of research areas. Thus, students from a range of different undergraduate programs will have appropriate backgrounds for admission to the Neuroscience Graduate program. Applicants who hold a 4 year Honours undergraduate degree in a field relevant to Neuroscience research with a B+ average in the final year are generally admissible. Applicants to the PhD program should have the same background in Neuroscience as entering Master’s students. Students showing outstanding potential and high academic standing may be accepted directly to the Ph.D. program.

    Test Scores:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 92] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 237] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580]
    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
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Applicants are required to submit contact information for 2 academic references, upload a one page statement of their interest in neuroscience research and graduate studies in the MiNDS program, and provide information about the areas of neuroscience research they are interested in pursuing. Please visit the website for complete details.

    * 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