MSc & PhD Program


We offer both PhD and MSc programs. Students generally specialize in Epidemiology field or in the Biostatistics field (which is offered collaboratively with the Graduate Program in Statistics). Clinicians may pursue a certificate in the field of Epidemiology.

At the MSc level, we offer both full-time and part-time programs. Generally, a full-time student must visit the campus regularly and be employed less than 10 hours per week. A part-time student may take no more than 2 courses per term. Only a very small number of candidates are allowed to register as part-time students.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for admission to our MSc degree program must be graduates of a 4 year honors (or equivalent) program of an accredited institution. For admission to our PhD program, a thesis-based Master's degree is required. For both our MSc and PhD programs, a minimum average of A- (80% or 10/12) is required. However, meeting the minimum average requirement does not guarantee admission. Other parts of the application package are also considered: letters of reference, academic preparation and how well the program will prepare the candidate for his/her planned career path. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test scores are NOT a requirement of this program.


Proficiency in English

Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have at least a two-year degree from a North American University are required to furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language. They must obtain satisfactory achievement in one of the following:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): the minimum acceptable score is 580 (for paper-based test) or 237 (for computer-based test), or  minimum 90-92 on the iBT (internet based TOEFL), we will not accept an  individual score on the iBT lower than 20.

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council: the minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9.

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan: you must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85.

Students who are required to present proof of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB and to have the official results sent directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Western Ontario by the testing agency. Our University TOEFL code number is 0984.

Students who are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English and fail to do so may be denied admission.

A student who, after admission, shows an inadequate command of spoken or written English must improve his or her proficiency to the satisfaction of the graduate program.


Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is February 1 of the year in which admission is sought. Admission is normally effective in the Fall Term (i.e. September 1). How to Apply to our Graduate Program 

Program Requirements

Students are expected to maintain at least a B average throughout their program.


Students in the PhD program must:

i)    complete 10 half-courses;

ii)   attend at least 80% of Friday afternoon seminars in year 1 (part-time students: 40% of seminars in each of years & 2);

iii)   write and pass a comprehensive examination (by the end of the 4th term);

iv)   develop and successfully defend a thesis research proposal (ideally by the end of year 2);

v)    present their successful thesis proposal in the seminar series;

vi)   complete and successfully defend the thesis project.


Students in the MSc program must:

i)    complete 9 half-courses;

ii)   attend at least 80% of Friday afternoon seminars in year 1 (part-time students: 40% of seminars in each of years & 2);

iii)   complete and successfully defend the thesis project.


Required Courses

MSc Courses

PhD Courses


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