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Health Sciences Education Program

Program at a Glance

This online inter-professional master’s program leads to the degree Master of Science in Health Science Education for health science clinical educators (physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, midwives, physician assistants, etc.), and others who teach in health sciences education, research, and academic clinical care, and who lead in health care settings.

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). The PBL teaching and learning methodology that uses an inquiry approach focuses on student-driven small group learning to foster critical thinking, higher retention, and stronger cognitive competencies including coping with uncertainty and communication skills. The program will act as a strategy to enhance collaborative, patient-centred care by engaging learners in inter- and intra-professional practice; to shape the future of education in health science professional programs; and to foster health professions leadership and succession planning.

Health Sciences Education Program Website:

How to Apply

Admission requirements and application instructions are available on the Health Sciences Education Program Website:

Applications for Fall 2023 will be available between October 3rd, 2022 – January 20th, 2023

More Information 

For more information on the MSc program please contact the IHLL office at or contact the program directly.

Indigenous Applicants

Indigenous participation in the Health Sciences Education 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: Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP)

Indigenous Applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements and receive recommendation through the FIAP application will be eligible for this stream. The academic criteria for Graduate Students at McMaster University stipulate that applicants must demonstrate a minimum undergraduate GPA of B-minus to be considered. However, the Health Sciences Education Graduate Program will give full consideration to applicants with Grade Point Averages below this threshold provided that they demonstrate relevant clinical experiences as health professional educators.

Completed Facilitated Indigenous Admissions Program (FIAP): Self-Identification Applications are due by January 20th, 2023.