Admissions

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MINIMUM ADMISSION Requirements

Master of Science (MSc)

Candidates for this degree must have completed, or be about to complete one of the following:

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in the Life Sciences from a recognized university.
  • Pathobiology Specialist Program.
  • An MD, DDS, DVM (or equivalent) professional degree.

A minimum A- average over the final two years of undergraduate study is needed. 
Strong performance is also important in second year Life Science-based courses including molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and physiology. It is expected in years three and four that coursework in Life Science subjects is at an advanced level (i.e. appropriate number of 300- & 400-series courses or equivalent). Research experience is an asset.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

There are two routes of entry available:

Track A: Highly qualified BSc graduates having completed one of the following may be eligible to apply directly to the PhD Program:

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in the Life Sciences from a recognized university.
  • Pathobiology Specialist Program.
  • Requirements include a minimum A average in the third and fourth years and research experience.

Track B.  MSc graduates and applicants with a MD, DDS, DVM (or equivalent) degree. An A- average or higher is needed in graduate courses, or in senior-level BSc coursework if MSc course requirements were minimal or absent. There should also be evidence of competence in research based on scientific publications, abstracts, or conference presentations.
Note: Excellent students previously admitted to the LMP MSc program may be recommended for transfer to the PhD program by their graduate advisory committee.

Research experience evidenced by publications, abstracts, or presentations is an asset.

ADDITIONAL Requirements for Applicants Who Have Been Educated Outside Canada

English Proficiency

All incoming graduate students must have a good command of English. Applicants educated outside of Canada, or whose native language is not English, are required to provide evidence of competence in the English language by completing one of the tests listed below. Minimum score requirements must be met before students are considered for the graduate program.

  Internet Based
Exam
Paper Based
Exam
Computer Based
Exam
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language
TWE Test of Written English
IELTS International English Language Testing System
100
not applicable
not applicable
600
5
7
not applicable
5
7

 

Graduate Record Examination  (GRE)

Applicants educated outside Canada also need to take the general GRE and GRE Subject Test (Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology) and scores must be submitted as part of the application (late scores are not accepted). The score requirement is normally at or above the 80th percentile, as indicated in the following chart:

Minimum Scores For: Tests Taken After
August 2011
Tests Taken Prior To
August 2011

Verbal Reasoning
Quantitative Reasoning
Analytical Writing
GRE Subject Test

158
158
5.0
616
576
732
5.2
610

Test results must be within two years at the time of application.
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