Master of Science (MSc) in Public Health Sciences - Water

The program information below is valid for the winter 2023 term (January 1, 2023 - April 30, 2023).

The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.

  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Program type 
    • Collaborative
    • Master's
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • Successful completion of a four-year Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with a minimum 75% average. The Bachelor's degree will normally be in the biological sciences, behavioural health, health, public health, or social sciences.
    • A letter indicating reasons for pursuing graduate studies.
    • For students applying to the School of Public Health Sciences (SPHS), the undergraduate experience including coursework in one or more of the behavioural, biological, developmental, health, or social sciences is advantageous, given the multidisciplinary nature of the program. Students should also have a suitable background in research design and statistics to meet prerequisite standards for all graduate level courses.
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
    • Writing sample
      • Students must submit one copy of a term paper written during the last two years of their undergraduate education.
  • References 
    • Number of references:  2
    • Type of references: 

      preferably from faculty members

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Graduate Studies Seminar I
    • The Fall term segment of the seminar will provide a weekly opportunity for MSc students in their first term of study to attend research seminars led by SPHS faculty members and senior graduate students. In addition, opportunities will be arranged for students to participate in workshops relating to research methods, presentation skills, grantsmanship, or to attend guest lectures delivered by scholars from outside SPHS.
  • Graduate Studies Seminar II
    • The Winter term segment of the seminar will provide a weekly opportunity for MSc students in their second term of study to participate in a journal club led by members of their cohort. Each student will be responsible for selecting one article, providing an electronic copy to the instructors to allow for placement on the course website, and then leading discussion around the article’s purpose, content, strengths, and limitations. In addition, students will be expected to read through the articles chosen by their colleagues, and actively participate in the discussion held each week.
  • Collaborative Research Seminar I
    • Students are required to present a seminar on their thesis or major paper research proposal and, if appropriate, early stage results to current and past Water students and Water Institute faculty members. Seminars will normally occur following the completion of WATER 601 and WATER 602. Seminars will provide the opportunity for students to discuss how learnings from Water courses were applied in, or influenced, research proposals or research work in the student’s home department. Seminars will normally be poster presentations at Water Institute organized events. The seminar is not an oral examination of the thesis or paper; rather, its purpose is to develop the student's ability to communicate their research in an organized and informative manner.
  • Master’s Thesis
    • For the Master's thesis, an approved topic is required and will be defended in an oral examination. The MSc thesis committee consists of a minimum of supervisor, appointed in the School, and at least one other member of the School of Public Health Sciences faculty. One committee member may be from outside the School (whether from within the university or from another university). The composition of the Thesis Advisory Committee must be approved by the School’s Graduate Committee.