1. Admission Requirements
    1. MSc: Health Sciences
    2. PhD: Health Sciences
    3. Data Science
  2. Required Documents
  3. Application Deadlines
  4. How to Apply
  5. Financial Support
  6. More Information

Carleton’s MSc and PhD in Health Sciences are research-based thesis programs. These programs provide advanced disciplinary learning and hands-on, interdisciplinary research in health sciences in new, state-of-the-art facilities.

The MSc program typically takes two years of full-time study to complete. The PhD program typically takes four to five years of full-time study to complete. Only full-time study is available. 

Admission Requirements

MSc: Health Sciences

  • 4-year (honours) degree, typically a Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant field (e.g.: Science, Life/Health Sciences, Psychology, Biostatistics, or related discipline
  • Minimum B+ (77%) average overall, but generally an A- (80%) average overall is required to be competitive

PhD: Health Sciences

  • Typically a Master of Science degree in a relevant field (e.g.: Science, Life/Health Sciences, Psychology, Biostatistics, or related discipline).
  • Minimum B+ (77%) average overall, but generally an A- (80%) average overall is required to be competitive

Important Note: Prior to applying, prospective students must seek out a thesis supervisor from the Department of Health Sciences who will commit to supervising the student. The application process requires that the prospective student and supervisor draft a proposal of the research thesis project, to be included in the application package.

Students should contact prospective supervisors by email and attach to the email: 1) an up-to-date CV,  2) an unofficial transcript, 3) a statement of skills/experience relevant to the prospective supervisor’s research, and 4) a brief statement about why the student is interested in working with the supervisor.

Data Science

For complete information regarding the collaborative master’s program in Data Science, including admission requirements, please visit the Data Science website. This is available for the MSc program only.

Required Documents

After you have submitted your online application and your application fee has been processed, you will be instructed on how to upload your required documents in Carleton Central. For complete information regarding required documents, please visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Document/Forms Details
Transcript(s) All post-secondary transcripts are required
Letters of Reference Three (3) are required and should be submitted by former professors (preferably your project/thesis supervisors).1
Statement of Intent One (1) is required. The statement of intent is to be written in consultation with the proposed faculty supervisor from the Department of Health Sciences. Please see the Forms page for the Thesis Research Proposal (Statement of Intent) and Supervisor Agreement Form. This 1-page document must include: 1) an abstract of the proposed MSc/PhD research thesis project (background/rationale, research question(s), aims) and 2) supervisor information (name, contact information, and statement from the proposed supervisor acknowledging commitment to supervise and fund the student for the proposed thesis project). Both proposed supervisor and student must sign this form.
CV/Resumé One (1) is required.  This must include an up-to-date CV of the applicant, with a Statement of Experience highlighting the student’s specific skills in research design, analysis, and writing; their willingness or ability to work collaboratively or in interdisciplinary teams; and their expertise, previous research, and/or work experience that positions the student to be successful in the interdisciplinary program.
Data Science Specialization Form (MSc only) One (1) is optional. You will need to complete this form if you are interested in applying to the collaborative master’s program in Data Science. This will be made available to you when you apply.
Language Proficiency (ESL Test Scores) Required, if applicable. For Carleton’s ESL requirements and policies, please visit the ESL Requirements website.

Application Deadlines

Health Sciences MSc and PhD programs have three possible intakes per year. As a result, the Department of Health Sciences application deadlines may be earlier than FGPA deadlines. Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the departmental deadline to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies.

2018 Fall Term (September):

  • February 1: To be considered for funding

Winter Term (January):

  • October 1: To be considered for funding

Summer Term (May):

  • February 1: To be considered for funding

How to Apply

The application process to graduate studies at Carleton for all prospective students is the same and must be completed online. For complete information regarding the application process please visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Applications will normally not be reviewed until all elements (including transcripts and references) have been received.

Financial Support

Consideration for funding and financial support including teaching and research assistantships is made at the time of admission. A separate application is not required. In order to be considered for funding, you must submit a completed application (including all required documents).

Current and prospective graduate students are encouraged to apply for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and/or Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) scholarships and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS), which are awarded annually to outstanding students by the federal and provincial governments.

Please note that funding from Carleton (including teaching and research assistantships) for international students is limited and is only available to a few outstanding international applicants.

For more information on awards and funding, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

More Information

For complete and detailed information about the graduate programs in Health Sciences, please consult the official Graduate Calendar.