Master of Science (MSc) Program

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Your MSc program will typically last 18 months.

To complete your MSc you will:

  • be on campus and participating for the duration of your registration in the program. 
  • attend the departmental Guest Lecture Series (50% minimum attendance required). 
  • write a thesis is completed under the direction of the your supervisor, assisted by the advisory committee. 

Within 12 to 18 months of entry, you will be advised by your committee to do one of the following:

  • write a thesis on research completed
  • transfer to the PhD program, or
  • withdraw from the program. 

The research in your thesis is expected generate the equivalent of one paper in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

What you will study

Course requirements (if you started your program before August 31st, 2020)

  • LMP1001Y – Graduate Seminars in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (1.0 FCE). Must be taken throughout academic program (attendance is mandatory) 
  • LMP1404H – Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms of Disease (0.5 FCE) 
  • RST9999Y – Thesis 

Course requirements (if you started your program after August 31st, 2020)

  • LMP1001H – Student Seminar Series I (0.5 FCE) 
  • LMP1002H – Student Seminar Series II (0.5 FCE) 
  • LMP1005H - Fundamentals of Research Practice (0.5 FCE) 
  • RST9999Y – Thesis 

How to apply and eligibility

You 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. 
  • An MD, DDS, DVM (or equivalent) professional degree. 

You also need to have:

  • a minimum A- average over the final two years of your undergraduate study.
  • strong performance in any second year Life Science-based courses (including molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, and physiology).
  • an advanced level of coursework in your third and fourth year Life Science subjects (i.e. appropriate number of 300- & 400-series courses or equivalent).
  • research experience is an asset. 

See our page on Application process for the research stream (MSc and Phd).

To apply for a MSc, you will first need to secure a supervisor.

See our page on Selecting a supervisor.