Requirements to Graduate

Students may be full or part-time but are required to participate in both one-week, on-campus residencies (HSI: HS 700 & HSII: HS 707) as well as complete the required online course offerings for their stream: Thesis Stream (2 core + 1 elective) or the Scholarly Paper Stream (2 core + 3 electives). At coursework completion, students will apply their knowledge and skills developed across the program (coursework, residencies, and educational offerings) and their professional backgrounds in completing their final requirement: a thesis or scholarly paper.

Please note all graduate students at McMaster University are also required to successfully complete SGS 101 (Academic Research, Integrity, and Ethics) and SGS 201 (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act [AODA]) during their first year of study.

Minimum requirements for candidates of the MSc in Health Science Education program are outlined below.



Course-based option students must:Thesis-based option students must:
Complete, with at least a B- standing: The program’s five required courses (two quarter courses and two half coursesComplete, with at least a B- standing: The program’s five required courses (two quarter courses and two half courses
Three graduate approved electives (half courses)One graduate approved elective (half course)
A scholarly paperA thesis


Course Based Option (24 Units Required)

  • Two mandatory Residency Periods (1.5 units each)
    • HS 700 Health Science Education I: Fundamentals of Health Science Education
    • HS 707 Health Science Education II

Course Work

  • Two Core Courses (3 Units Each)
    • HS 701 Learning and Curriculum
    • HS 703 Assessment and Evaluation
  • Three Elective Courses (3 units each) from:
    • HS 702 Educational Research Methods
    • HS 704 Simulation-based Education
    • HS 705 E-Learning
    • HS 706 Management and Leadership
    • Elective Course outside HSEd*
  • Scholarly Paper
    • Equivalent to 6 units

* With Departmental Permission

Thesis Based Option (24 Units Required)

  • Two mandatory Residency Periods (1.5 units each)
    • HS 700 Health Science Education I: Fundamentals of Health Science Education
    • HS 707 Health Science Education II

Course Work

  • Two Core Courses (3 Units Each)
    • HS 701 Learning and Curriculum
    • HS 703 Assessment and Evaluation
  • One Elective Course (3 units each) from:
    • HS 702 Educational Research Methods
    • HS 704 Simulation-based Education
    • HS 705 E-Learning
    • HS 706 Management and Leadership
    • HS 710 Program Evaluation
    • Elective Course outside HSEd*
  • Thesis
    • Equivalent to 12 units

* With Departmental Permission