Program at a Glance
The Master of Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Program is a one-year course-based Master’s that equips graduates with the scientific and technical knowledge that underlies breakthrough discoveries in the biomedical sciences as well as an understanding of business fundamentals of the health sciences sector. The program is full-time and includes an internship in sectors related to the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry. Preference will be given to those applicants who completed the Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Program at McMaster University. The program is offered by the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences with key contributions from the School of Business.
Areas of Research
- Biomedical Sciences
- Integration of business and science
How to Apply
Apply to the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Graduate Program through the School of Graduate Studies, McMaster University Application Site.
The graduate application portal for September 2020 admission will open this fall. The application deadline is January 17, 2020.
Master’s level admission will be almost exclusively to students who have completed the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Program.
One official transcript of academic work completed to date, sent directly from the issuing institution. If the final transcript does not show that a completed degree has been conferred, an official copy of your diploma is also required.
Two confidential letters of recommendation from instructors most familiar with your academic work (i.e. academic referees). Please note that McMaster University uses the Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of your referee through the online application, the system will automatically send an eReference request on your behalf once your application has been submitted. Please note we do not accept references from employers.
A personal curriculum vitae/resume (submitted online with the application).
A written statement of interest describing why you want to pursue graduate studies and how you plan to benefit from the program (submitted online with the application; approximately 250 words).
*If English is not your native language, an official copy of your TOEFL score, or other evidence of competency in English is required. A minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 92 (580 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 237 on the computer based TOEFL test) or IELTS “Academic Version” with overall score of 6.5 (5.5 minimum score in each section). Our institution code is 0936 and department code is 34.
There is a $110 non-refundable application fee that is paid by credit card (MasterCard) or Interac card.
Indigenous participation in the Master’s of Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization (MBDC) Graduate Program is important. To ensure equitable admissions we have a facilitated admissions process for First Nations, Inuit and Métis applicants. In accordance with the Self-Identification policy of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) applicants who wish to apply through this stream must complete the supplementary Self-identification Application. Information on the policy, application requirements and the online application can be found at: https://ishs.mcmaster.ca/admissions/self-identification.
PLEASE NOTE: Indigenous applicants are also required to complete all other application requirements by the specified deadline.
Indigenous applicants need to meet the following requirements:
While admission into the MBDC graduate program will be almost exclusively to students who have completed the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization program and who have obtained a B+ average (8.5/12), Indigenous applicants whose average may fall slightly below a B+, but demonstrate other outstanding qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration.