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Fall 2020


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January 17, 2020


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Education: MHSc in Bioethics - Apply

Your application can now be completed online with the exception of the official copy of your transcripts, which must be sent to the Joint Centre for Bioethics as per directions provided on the online application process. Please note your application will not be processed unless the fee has been submitted. The application fee is non-refundable.


Summary of what you will need to apply to the School of Graduate Studies:

  1. Complete the online applications from the School of Graduate Studies web link
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae (1 copy)
  3. 3) All university academic transcripts (including any undergraduate degrees) are required. Electronic copies are uploaded to the SGS website at the time of application and must be submitted even if you order official transcripts before your application is reviewed. Upon acceptance to the program, the complete set of current and original academic transcripts in hardcopy will be required. These must be sent in a sealed and signed envelope directly from the given university to Terry Yuen, c/o University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, 155 College Street, 7th Floor, Suite 754, Toronto, ON, M5T 1P8.
  4. A letter of intent or professional goals, no longer than 1000 words, in which you:
    • Outline your reasons for pursuing admission into the Master of Health Science in Bioethics
    • Briefly explain how your background has prepared you for work in bioethics
    • Provide an estimate of any remaining background preparation that you may need to undertake this course of study (e.g., what courses, program, etc. you will complete - and where - before the September session meets)
    • Identify your main area(s) of interest in bioethics
    • Explain how you will put your graduate education in bioethics to use in your career and/or institution
  5. Three letters of recommendation are required. Please have your referees use the Confidential Applicant Assessment Report included in the online application protocol and submit online. You will need one academic reference, attesting to your academic preparation and capacity for collegial study and research. The other referees together must attest to your skills, knowledge and character as well as capacities for interpersonal and collegial research and/or practice. One letter need not cover all aspects of these requirements, but all three together must do so. In the case of international applicants, one of these three letters should be from the individual who would supervise you on your return to your home country. Please note: The online system requires an institutional email address be included for each reference listed in order for the email request to be generated. Requests for references must come from the applicant. The University of Toronto will not make reference requests on your behalf.
  6. A release letter from employer if you are currently employed by an institution (health care or otherwise). This letter must come from a senior administrator in your institution (for example, Department Chair, Dean, Hospital CEO or VP) agreeing to provide the necessary professional release time to complete the program (over two years for domestic students and one year for international students) and clarifying the institution's view of how your graduate education will help strengthen bioethics capacity in your home institution. In the case of international applicants, this letter should also state agreement to provide you with leadership position in bioethics in the institution upon return to your home country.
  7. A writing sample, in English, that demonstrates your analytical and argumentative skills, preferably in bioethics. The writing sample must be an unpublished, sole-authored paper of at least 750 words, double-spaced. Please note: Your writing sample cannot be the same document as your Letter of Intent. It is a separate, unique document.


All documents must be received online by the deadlines. If you have questions about your application please contact Terry Yuen at Incomplete applications will not be considered. Meeting the minimal requirements is mandatory but does not guarantee acceptance. Enrollment is limited. Normally a class of 15-20 students will be accepted.


Please note: U of T does not have a "submit" button for online graduate studies applications. It is essential that all of the required documents are uploaded to your application by the submission deadline. On the Monday after the deadline, your application will be reviewed for completeness and moved to "under review" if all documents are present.


Interviews of applicants (where required) are normally held in February or March. Applicants must be approved by the Program Director, the Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences and the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). SGS provides the formal notification to successful applicants.


Information for International Applicants

International Degree Equivalencies:


Applicants educated at non-Canadian institutions should note that their educational background will be assessed for equivalency with a University of Toronto degree. You can check your international degree equivalency on the SGS website on the English-Language Proficiency Testing page under Prospective Students.


Language Requirement:


Please check the Dalla Lana School of Public Health website for international student requirements.