Requirements to Graduate

Students may be full or part-time but are required to participate in both one-week, on-campus residencies (HS EDUC 700 & HS EDUC 707) as well as complete the required online course offerings for their stream: Thesis Stream (2 core + 1 elective) or the Course-Based 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 capstone portfolio.

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 complete:Thesis-based option students must complete:
HS EDUC 700 & HS EDUC 707 (1.5 units each)
HS EDUC 700 & HS EDUC 707 (1.5 units each)
Complete, with at least a B- standing: The program’s two required courses (3 units each course)
Complete, with at least a B- standing: The program’s two required courses (3 units each course)
Three graduate approved electives (3 units each course)One graduate approved elective (3 units each course)

A scholarly paper (6 units)*

A Capstone portfolio**

A thesis (12 units)

*Thesis students should only register in "HSED 709 Thesis" in the term that they plan to defend. Terms where a student is actively working on their thesis, but not enrolled in an academic course, must be registered in the Academic Placeholder SGS 700.

*Only available to students who entered the HSED Program before the 2020-21 academic year

** For course-based students joining the HSED Program in Fall 2020 or thereafter, the Scholarly Paper final degree requirement will be replaced by the Capstone Portfolio.



Course Based Option (24 Units Required)

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

Course Work

  • Two Core Courses (3 Units Each)
    • HS EDUC 701: Learning and Curriculum
    • HS EDUC 703: Assessment in Health Professions Education
  • Three Elective Courses (3 units each) from:
    • HS EDUC 704: Simulation-based Education
    • HS EDUC 705: Education Technology
    • HS EDUC 706: Leadership and Management
    • HS EDUC 710: Program Evaluation
    • HS EDUC 747: Conceptual and Qualitative Research Methods
    • HS EDUC 777: Special Topics in Health Professions Education
    • Elective Course outside HSED*
  • Capstone Portfolio (enrolled before 2020-21: Scholarly Paper)

* With Departmental Permission

Scholarly Paper Timeline

ActivitySpring/Summer 2021Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Spring/Summer 2022
Milestones 1-4 Due May 7 2021September 10 2021January 7 2022
May 6 2022
Students Notified of Approval May 14 2021September 17 2021January 14 2022
May 13 2022
Papers are Due July 23 2021November 26 2021 March 25 2022
July 22 2022
Assessments are Delivered August 6 2021December 10 2021 April 8 2022
August 5 2022
Revisions are Due August 13 2021December 17 2021 April 15 2022
August 12 2022

 

Thesis Based Option (24 Units Required)

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

Course Work

  • Two Core Courses (3 Units Each)
    • HS EDUC 701: Learning and Curriculum
    • HS EDUC 703: Assessment in Health Professions Education
  • One Elective Course (3 units each) from:
    • HS EDUC 704: Simulation-based Education
    • HS EDUC 705: Education Technology
    • HS EDUC 706: Leadership and Management
    • HS EDUC 710: Program Evaluation
    • HS EDUC 747: Conceptual and Qualitative Research Methods
    • HS EDUC 777: Special Topics in Health Professions Education
    • Elective Course outside HSED*
  • Thesis
    • Equivalent to 12 units
    • Thesis students should only register in "HSED 709 Thesis" in the term that they plan to defend. Terms where a student is actively working on their thesis, but not enrolled in an academic course, must be registered in the Academic Placeholder SGS 700.

* With Departmental Permission

2021/2022 Thesis Timeline

 

Activity Spring/Summer 2021 Fall 2021Winter 2022 Spring/Summer 2022
Final Date to Enroll in HS EDUC 709 May 14 2021 September 24 2021 January 21 2022 May 13 2022
Final Date to Identify External Examiner and Chair and to set Time, Date, and Location May 28 2021 October 8 2021 February 4 2022 May 27 2022
Final Date to Submit Master’s Thesis to HSED (Prior to Defense) June 25 2021 November 5 2021 March 4 2022 June 24 2022
Final Date to Defend August 13 2021 December 13 2021 April 15 2022 August 12 2022
Final Date to File Thesis with Graduate Studies and Complete Degree RequirementsSeptember 3 2021 January 3 2022 May 2 2022 September 2 2022

 

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