Health Sciences Education, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #66 (ARWU) ,
An inter-professional program designed for health professionals (i.e., physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, midwives, physician assistants, etc.) and others who wish to develop mastery skills as health professions educators, scholars, and researchers.


The program builds on the internationally renowned signature pedagogies in health science education developed and pioneered at McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences (Problem-Based Learning, Self-Directed Learning). Two completion pathways are available: a course-based option or a thesis-based option.

The Master of Science in Health Science Education program offers online courses in learning and curriculum, simulation/technical & non-technical skills, online learning, educational leadership, assessment and evaluation, and research methods. In addition, two mandatory in-person residency periods must be completed. The program offers students two completion pathways: a course-based option which is offered in online format through part-time studies (full time may be considered with special permission), or a thesis-based option offered in either part-time or full-time studies. Non-health practitioners will only be considered for the full-time, thesis stream. The program will be highly accessible through blended delivery of online and in-class formats.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Science Education: Residency II
  • Health Science Education: Residency I
  • Educational Technologies in Higher Education
  • The Fundamentals of Skill Acquisition: Implications for Simulation-Based Education

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score:
Recommended score:

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • four-year undergraduate degree with at least a B+ from an AUCC Member School (equivalent to a McMaster 8.5 GPA out of 12.0) in the final year in all courses in the [health science related] discipline.
  • An official transcript of academic work completed to date at all post-secondary institutions attended, sent directly from the issuing institution(s). If the final degree does not show that a completed degree has been conferred, an official copy of the diploma is also required.
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from recent mentors (either those in an academic position or health practitioners) most familiar with the applicant's academic work, sent directly from the instructors.
  • Curriculum Vitae to include work experience and list of educational experiences.
  • Written personal Statement of Intent that explains why the applicant is seeking graduate education in this program (2 pages, 12 pt font, 1" margins):
    • Explanation of what is desired from this degree, and if they are applying for the course-based or thesis-based stream, full or part time.
    • Explanation of their area of interest.
  • Preference will be given to those with teaching experience in a health-related discipline. However, applicants without teaching experience will be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12645 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12645 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    5281 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5281 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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