Graduate Student Applications

General admission requirements for the M.Sc. graduate programs in BMI

  • a B.Sc. degree equivalent to an Honours degree from the University of Ottawa, Students with MD, DVM or other professional degrees will be considered for admission only if they have completed at least 2 years of a B.Sc. degree prior to starting their professional training, have taken other recent courses in basic sciences and/or have research experience.
  • a CGPA equivalent to a B+ at the University of Ottawa , based on the most recent 3 years or the full 4 years of the undergraduate degree.
  • If previous studies were not in Canada or an English speaking country, proof of proficiency in English, which is the language of instruction of the graduate programs.

    The programs have specific requirements relating to background in the appropriate discipline. Students with research experience, as part of an undergraduate research thesis or from summer employment, will be given priority.

General admission requirements for the Ph.D. programs

  • an M.Sc. degree with thesis.
  • a GPA equivalent to a B+ at the University of Ottawa . Marks from courses in the last 2 years of the undergraduate degree may be included in the calculations depending on the number of courses taken for the M.Sc. program.
  • If previous studies were not in Canada or an English speaking country, proof of proficiency in English, which is the language of instruction of the graduate programs.

Application Procedure

Program: All applications for admission to graduate studies should be addressed to the director of the program concerned. If a student wishes to be considered for both graduate programs in the Department, separate applications must be submitted. Applicants for the collaborative Human and Molecular Genetics program (HMG) should apply to one of the two primary program (Biochemistry or Microbiology and Immunology) and it should be clear on the application form or in an accompanying letter that the interest is in the HMG program.

Forms: The Graduate Studies Committee of the program concerned will only consider an application when the applicant’s file in our office contains all of the following documentation. The file should include all the documents necessary to show that the applicant meets the admission requirement.

  • The application must be made on the form entitled Application for Admission - Graduate Studies accompanied by the appropriate non-refundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts of the academic record covering ALL previous university studies;
  • At least two confidential letters of recommendation from professors who are familiar with your work in an academic or research environment. The letters must be on the appropriate University of Ottawa form and must be sent by the writer directly to the department.
  • If previous studies were not in Canada or an English speaking country, evidence of proficiency in English as indicated by:
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 600 OR
    • Equivalent score in other tests of English proficiency OR
    • Proof of completion of a previous degree in English OR
    • Proof of prolonged residence and exercise of a profession in English

Other: Our programs are quite competitive. It is to the applicant’s advantage to include, where applicable, a CV, a letter of intent, scholarship details, information about communication with potential supervisors and abstracts of fourth year and MSc theses. Theses, paper reprints or manuscripts should not be sent.

NotificationThe Graduate Studies Committees considers only complete applications from students who have submitted an official request for admission. Please apply on-line on the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Once you have applied, please send your supporting documents to:

Graduate Studies Office - BMI
University of Ottawa
Faculty of Medicine
Room 2135 - 451 Smyth Rd.,
Ottawa (Ontario) Canada, K1H 8M5

You will receive information by e-mail about your application a few weeks after you apply on-line.

Prior to first registration, all students are required to confirm a thesis supervisor. If you have not communicated with a supervisor or indicated preferences, please review the Faculty Research Interest website and contact members of our faculty with similar research interests as yourself.. You may be invited for an interview with the member and depending on the time of year, you may be invited to the Spring Open House.

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