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Fall 2018


Domestic and International Students
January 19, 2018


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Education: MHSc in Bioethics - Apply

Your application can now be completed online with the exception 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. One set of complete current and original university academic transcripts in sealed and signed envelope sent directly from the given university to the 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's 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.
  6. If you are currently employed by an institution (health care or otherwise), a letter 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.


All documents must be received online by the deadlines. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Meeting the minimal requirements is mandatory but does not guarantee acceptance. Enrollment is limited. Normally a class of 20-25 students will be accepted.


Interviews of applicants whose pre-applications have been accepted are normally held in late March or early April. 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 at web link.


Language Requirement:


Students who have received their previous degree from a university where English is NOT the language of instruction must complete one of the following tests within the last year. If you have taken any of these tests more than one year prior to application, you must take the test again.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE):


These two tests are taken together. Minimum scores are as follows:

  Internet Based Exam Paper Based Exam
TOEFL Overall - 93
Writing Score - 22
Speaking Score - 22
TWE Not applicable 5


See the TOEFL website web link for more information.


Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB):


A minimum score of 87 is required. See the MELAB website web link for more information.


Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE):


A score of 5 is required. See the COPE website web link for more information.


International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic:


A score of 7.5 is required. See the IELTS website web link for more information.