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Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc. Co-op Optional)

Biomedical Engineering

The M.A.Sc. degree is a thesis-based program where students are required to complete courses in addition to writing and defending a thesis.

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Students must take a minimum of three half-year graduate courses, with one being a 700-level core course in biomedical engineering (12 weeks of instruction broken into four equal modules – biomaterials and tissue engineering, biomedical imaging, biophotonics, and medical robotics). At least two of the courses must be at the 700 level. For students from health/life sciences backgrounds, one of the two courses beyond the core course must be from Engineering offerings. For students from engineering backgrounds, one of the two courses beyond the core course must be from the Health Sciences offerings.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the M.A.Sc. degree program, a strong baccalaureate degree is required with at least a B+ standing (equivalent to McMaster GPA = 8.5)  A 4-year degree or equivalent: B.Sc., B.Eng., B.A.Sc., B.H.Sc., D.D.S., M.D. with B+ minimum average in their final 2 years of study.

Admission is very competitive, so meeting/surpassing the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to this program. Many variables are considered when the School of Biomedical Engineering is making a decision to recommend an applicant for admission, some of which include: research fit; available funding; the applicant's statement of interest; the applicant's specific industry/research experience outlined in their resume/CV; and the applicant's reference reports.

If all minimum requirements are met for admission to the Biomedical Engineering program, your application will be made available to all faculty currently accepting students.

Please note a complete applications consists of the following documents submitted with online application.

English Language Proficiency -Statement of Interest - CV - Transcripts - Letters of Recommendation: 2 academic reference submitted electronically by referee


  • Please attached to online application
  • Transcript of academic work completed to date. If the final transcript does not show that a completed degree has been conferred, an copy of your diploma is also required.
  • Official copy of these documents will only be required if an offer of admissions is made.
  • 4-year degree or equivalent: B.Sc., B.Eng., B.A.Sc., B.H.Sc., D.D.S., M.D. with B+ minimum average in their final 2 years of study

English Language Requirements (International applicants)

  • English language proficiency certification requirement. . You will be required to satisfy a certain level of English language proficiency (ELP) to gain admission to this program IF the following points are true for you:
    1. English is not your native language; and
    2. English is not the language of instruction at your previous institution.  Candidates must have the minimum requirements as stated below within 2 years of the application deadline.  We will accept one of the following:
    Test Minimum Requirement

    92 (iBT - internet based)
    237 (computer based)
    580 (paper based)
    *dept. code 69 - Engineering, Other

    IELTS 6.5 score overall
    5.5 minimum score in each section
    MELAB 90
    PTE 70
    CAEL Minimum overall 70; at least 60 per band

    *If English IS the language of instruction at your previous institution, you can be exempted from the ELP requirement by providing either:
    1. an official letter from your previous institution stating that the language of instruction is English; OR
    2. official transcripts which state that English is the language of instruction.

Letters of recommendation

  • Letters of Recommendation are submitted electronically. Please follow the directions that are provided once you have initiated your application.

Statement of Interest

  • Please attached to online application
  • Simply a few paragraphs indicating the type of research you are interested in pursuing.


  • Please attached to online application
  • In the same format as you would submit for an employment opportunity.


Program Structure

Seminar Requirement

Students must attend all seminars in the Biomedical Engineering Program seminar series. They must present one seminar on the research they have carried out while enrolled in the program.

Students will be encouraged to present their research at appropriate conferences in Canada and internationally. Faculty support of students for this purpose will also be encouraged.

Interaction with industry will be an important aspect of the School of Biomedical Engineering. Students will benefit considerably from these interactions. Some students will work on projects in collaboration with industrial partners with whom the School of Biomedical Engineering has research agreements.

Thesis Requirement

Students must complete a thesis to be examined by a committee of no fewer than 3 members (supervisor(s) plus two additional faculty members, one of whom may be from a department other than Biomedical Engineering). The thesis will be defended by the candidate in an oral examination before this committee and such other members as may be appointed by the Director. The time of the defense will be set typically 2 weeks after the submission of the completed thesis.

How to Apply


Academic Term Application Opens Domestic Application Deadline

International Application Deadline

January 2020 February 15, 2019 October 31, 2019 July 1, 2019
September 2020 October 1, 2019
June 30, 2020 March 15, 2020

Applications will be processed and circulated to Faculty members once all documents have been received. All documents must be received by the specified deadline dates noted above for each session.

Application Checklist:

  1. Application for admission to School of Graduate Studies (SGS):
  2. PDF copy of transcript (1)
  3. English language proficiency certification requirement. Candidates must have the minimum requirements as stated in the Admission Requirements tab
    *please upload a copy of your Test Scores with your application package* 
  4. Statement of Interest (1-2 page document which indicates your interest in pursuing graduate studies with the School of Biomedical Engineering)
  5. Resume
  6. Application fee ($110 by credit card through the online system)
  7. Two confidential letters of recommendation from instructors most familiar with your academic work. 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 e-Reference request on your behalf. If for some reason you are unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, you can download the Reference form here 
    References (Word) | References (PDF)

    "Recommendations must be provided directly from the instructors."


Note: If you are offered admission to the program, documents must be official and will not be returned to applicants. All documentation submitted (as PDF's) in support of your application for admission becomes the property of the University. Applications from one year are not held over to another year. If an unsuccessful applicant wishes to reapply, a new application package, including supporting documentation and application fee must be submitted. If an applicant is not accepted, or fails to enroll following acceptance, the identifiable documentation will be destroyed at the end of the admissions cycle, in keeping with university policy.

Documents Checklist

NOTEcomplete application is required for review; applications deemed incomplete will not be reviewed.  To ensure that your application is complete, please review this checklist of the required documents that you must upload into your application before you apply. Details on each item are provided below.

Official Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates

Statement of Interest


ELP (TOEFL/IELTS) Scores (if applicable)

Proof of Permanent Resident Status (if applicable)

*References (read carefully)

Official Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates

Electronic academic transcripts for ALL post-secondary studies completed or in progress at the time of application must be included in your application. Transcripts must show all courses and marks (where applicable), along with the transcripts' legends/keys/grading schemes. Transcripts from institutions where you completed courses on Letter of Permission and/or as part of Student Exchange Programs must also be included. 
Specific instructions for McMaster documents, documents from other Canadian institutions, and documents from recognized international institutions are detailed below.

Documents from Canadian institutions

Transcripts must be submitted electronicaly  (scanned final or in-progress transcripts that are uploaded to your online application); and

Documents from recognized international institutions

1. Electronic transcripts, degree certificates and ELP (TOEFL/IELTS) results must be uploaded to your application**Please ensure that scans of all original documents AND translations are included in your application; otherwise, your application may be deemed incomplete.
2. Official, FINAL hardcopies of transcripts, degree certificates and ELP results are not required until your arrival to McMaster University. Please do not mail incomplete or unofficial documents to the University.
Your official, hardcopy documents must meet the following conditions in order to secure your study at McMaster University:

  • Original degree certificates and/or transcripts produced in English MUST include the date of degree conferral;
  • **Original degree certificates produced in another language MUST be issued by the previous institution, bearing the appropriate seal/signature, and be delivered to our office (ETB-406) in a sealed envelope when you arrive; additionally
  • **Original degree certificates produced in another language MUST be translated into English by a certified translator and include the date of degree conferral and the name of degree conferred, along with the translator's seal;
  • **Original transcripts produced in another language MUST be issued by the previous institution and be delivered to our office (ETB-406) in a sealed envelope when you arrive; additionally
  • **Original transcripts produced in another language MUST be translated into English by a certified translator and include the translator's seal.

**International students: If you are offered admission to the School of Biomedical Engineering you should be prepared to provide one original degree certificate (only if transcripts do not indicate a date of degree conferral) and one set of original, final transcripts to McMaster University when you arrive, along with a separate translation package; the translation package will NOT satisfy admission conditions on its own. Failure to provide all required documents upon arrival will jeopardize your study at McMaster University.

Statement of Interest

The statement of interest should be uploaded to your application as a PDF file; without it, your application will be deemed incomplete. This document should be a maximum of 2 pages and clearly communicate:

  • your research interests/focus, especially within the context of Biomedical Engineering.
  • how your education and experience aligns with research areas in the School of Biomedical Engineering;
  • any contributions you hope to make to research initiatives during your study and how you plan to make them (methods, approach); and
  • evidence of your ability to work collaboratively and independently.


Like with the statement of interest, your resume/CV should be uploaded to your application as a PDF file; without it, your application will be deemed incomplete.

English Language Proficiency Scores (if applicable)

Your ELP scores should be uploaded to your application as a PDF file. If you are an international student who would NOT be eligible for admission without these scores, your application will be deemed incomplete if these scores are not included. (Please refer to the Admission Requirements tab if you are unclear about your eligibility.)

Proof of Permanent Resident/Landed Immigrant Status (if applicable)

For permanent residents/landed immigrants only: if your VISA STATUS lists "Permanent Resident of Canada" or "Landed Immigrant", you must upload a scan of your permanent residence card (front and back) or Record of Landing (IMM1000), respectively, to your application.


Before beginning your application, you should obtain the consent of two instructors who are familiar with your academic work to provide confidential reference reports. You are not required to submit reference letters as part of your application; however, you must list your references and their contact information on your application. By entering the email address of your references through your online application, McMaster's Electronic Referencing (e-Reference) system will send your references an e-Reference request on your behalf.
IMPORTANT: the system will send the e-Reference request to your references ONLY AFTER YOU SUBMIT your online application. This means that you will need to have completed AND uploaded your scanned transcripts, degree certificates (if applicable), Statement of Interest, CV/resume, ELP results (if applicable), and proof of permanent residence (if applicable) to your online application BEFORE you can click “Submit”. 
References may require 3-4 weeks to complete a reference report. References should be allowed time to complete their reference report. Please keep this in mind when you are working on your application.

If, for some reason, you are unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, you can email and request a copy of the form.  Downloaded reference forms must be sent by the reference DIRECTLY to through e-mail (

Admissions Guide

The School of Biomedical Engineering admits new students for two term (Fall and Winter) with our largest intake being in September (Fall term). Regardless of the term in which you hope to gain admission, this guide can be used to navigate the admissions process that is outlined on our website.

  1. Determine if you meet our minimum eligibility requirements; you can do this yourself by reviewing the Admission Requirements tab.
  2. After confirming your eligibility, you are advised to review the Application Deadline dates for your chosen program.
    Caveat for international applicants: we recognize that you may need a number of months to obtain a student visa after a final decision of admission is made; therefore, we recommend that you take that timing into consideration when you apply.
  3. In preparation for your application, you should decide on a list of prospective supervisors (as the application will allow you to indicate up to three). 
    For applicants planning to begin in the Fall term: it is recommended that you review the bios and research of our faculty members before applying to identify Areas of Research and projects that align with your interests and experience. At this point, you may wish to reach out to your chosen faculty member(s) by email to generate their interest. In your initial communication with faculty members, you should offer a brief introduction sharing your research interests, and explain how you expect your education and experience will contribute to their research. It is recommended that you attach your curriculum vitae for reference. Electronic transcripts may be attached for further support.
    For applicants planning to begin in the Winter term: many of the previous recommendations apply, except that you will be required to generate the interest of a faculty member before your application will be reviewed.
  4. After you have decided on a list of prospective supervisors, area(s) of research, and term of study, you can start to prepare your documents for your online application. To ensure that nothing is overlooked, please refer to the Documents Checklist tab.
  5. You are now ready to apply! For instructions on how to construct your application, please see the How to Apply tab.

Application Status

After you successfully submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email from The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) within a few days. (If you do not receive this email, please email for assistance.)
The confirmation email will contain important information about how to access Mosaic so that you can follow the status of your application and your checklist of required documents. Typically, documents in the "Initiated" stage indicate that your application has not been marked as complete. This should not be immediate cause for concern, as Mosaic checklist updates are performed manually (not automatically); therefore--given the volume of applications received--you may need to wait up to a month to see a status update. 
If after a month from your application submission you notice that some documents have remained in the "Initiated" stage, you should understand this to mean that your application is incomplete. Prior to the application deadline of April 1, 2019, you may email the graduate administrator ( to gain clarity on any documents in the "Initiated" stage; however, any arrangements to receive supplementary documents are at the discretion of the graduate administrator (as all supplementary documents are supposed to be submitted together).