Advice on How to Optimize Your Application Package for the MSc in Epidemiology

Academic performance

Students accepted into the program typically exceed the minimum required grade point average (GPA) required to apply to the program. Strong grades in relevant methods and statistics related courses are particularly valued. Consider taking an extra course to bolster your GPA if you are concerned about this feature of your dossier.

Letter of intent

We encourage applicants to provide a clear and concise statement about how their interests and/professional goals align with the intent of the program or areas of research inquiry of one or more of the faculty.

It may be helpful to articulate how previous experience (e.g. academic, volunteer, or work background) aligns with your interest in the program; it allows the committee to better assess the fit and match between the candidate and what our program can offer.

Fit of the candidate’s undergraduate or professional degree to the program

There is no single preferred undergraduate or professional degree from which we recruit candidates. If your academic training is in a completely different field, candidates are encouraged to articulate in the Letter of Intent what has brought them to the field of Epidemiology and why they are a good fit for the program.

Specific evidence of competency in an undergraduate (or equivalent) course in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, health methods, etc.

Documented evidence of successful undergraduate training in research methods, epidemiology, biostatistics, and statistics is a requirement. Candidates are encouraged to articulate these achievements explicitly in their letter of intent.

Resume/CV

Experience can be important too. Candidates should identify any scholarly activities they have accomplished such as poster presentations, abstracts submissions, paid or volunteer work with a professor’s research project, publications, and the like. Consider what opportunities you can explore with academics in your jurisdiction.

Letters of reference

Letters of reference are required. Letters from professors with whom candidates have had interactions and a relationship are preferred (e.g. undergraduate thesis supervisor, professors whom you have worked for or volunteered with).

Letters from employers who are in a related field to the program can also be good choices. Letters from family, friends, or employers in a completely unrelated field are less convincing and relevant.

Language proficiency

If your first language is neither English nor French, you must provide proof of proficiency in the language of instruction for your program by submitting a test score from one of the tests in the list below:

TOEFL

Paper-based 600
Internet-based 100

CanTEST - University of Ottawa

Listening & Reading 4.5
Writing 4

IELTS (Academic module)

Overall 7
Individual 7

 

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