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Admission Criteria

Note bene:  Please note that the Master of Science in Health Systems is not currently available in French.

  • Four-year bachelor’s (honours) degree in management (B.Com), health sciences, life sciences, medicine, nursing, computer science, economics, social sciences, engineering, mathematics or a related field, or its equivalent;
  • Minimum admission average of B+ (75%) calculated in accordance with the Graduate Studies guidelines;
  • 6 units of analysis courses at bachelor's level in quantitative and qualitative research methods, micro and macro economics, calculus, probability and statistics, linear algebra, and information technology;
    Note: students lacking background in quantitative analysis may be asked to complete prerequisite course as a condition of admission.
  • Achieve a competitive score in the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GRE test also accepted;
  • English proficiency;
  • An interview with admission committee may be required.

Application Deadline:

International: January 15
Canada and U.S.A.: March 1

Late applications may be considered. Please consult the Graduate Office for more information by phone 613-562-5884 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

International candidates are recommended to verify with the Canadian Embassy in their country of the expected delays in obtaining the necessary student authorization in the event of an admission offer and plan accordingly.

Find a thesis supervisor before you apply

Finding a thesis supervisor before you apply to the MSc in Health Systems program will give you a much greater advantage of gaining entry into the program if you meet all the admission requirements. By having a thesis supervisor and some idea of the topic you would like to pursue before you apply, you show the admissions committee that you are ready to start your research journey.

How to find a thesis supervisor

Telfer MSc Program Checklist

In order for your admission file to be reviewed by the Telfer School of Management Admissions Committee the following tasks must be completed:

  1. Complete the OUAC application form online at Your application will be transmitted once you have paid the $100 fee.
  2. Provide in a sealed envelope a recent official transcript from each university institution you attended
    • To accelerate the admission process an electronic copy of your transcripts can be temporarily accepted until we receive your official copies.
    • Provide official proof of degrees (if not indicated on the transcript).
    • Transcripts from non-Canadian and non-American institutions must include the grading scale (often found at the bottom or back of the transcript. If not, you need to obtain it from your school). If the transcript is not in English or French, a certified translation (signed and stamped/sealed) must be submitted.
    • Candidates who completed their studies in China must ask the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Development Center to assess the authenticity of their degrees and transcripts. For details, visit
    Note: Transcripts from the University of Ottawa will be requested by our office.
  3. Provide an electronic copy of your curriculum vitae (resume).
    • Detail research or academic experience relating to your area of research interest and any pertinent volunteer work.
  4. Add two referees’ contact information in the Admission Portal checklist. The referees should be academic or research contacts.
    • Once the online application has been submitted, you will receive by email your uoAccess ID and password.
    • This ID and password will allow you to log in to the uoZone student portal where you can access your admission file via the uoZone “Applications” tab and enter the contact information of your referees.
  5. Identify at least one professor whose research interests correspond to yours. Include this information in your statement of intent. 
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    Provide an electronic copy of your statement of research interest(s)clearly specifying what research topic you are interested in, why you are interested in this topic, and how it is related to your career goals and/or past experience. Your statement should be 800 to 1000 words.  
  7. Provide the official admission test scores (GMAT or GRE).
    • Request that official GMAT or GRE test results be sent directly to the Telfer Graduate Office.
    • The Telfer GMATdepartment code is 4BZ-76-15 (MSc in Health Systems).
    • The GRE department code is 4201.
  8. If applicable, provide your official language proficiency test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, CanTEST etc.).
    • To be valid, the test must be less than two years old at the time of application.
    • Request that your official test scores be sent directly to the Telfer Graduate Office.
    • The TOEFL department code is 02.
    • The institution code is 0993.
    Note: Please provide only one copy per required document (electronic or paper).

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Deadline: January 15th (International students) and March 1st (Canadian and American students)

Please email all electronic documents to the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please have all hard copy documents delivered to the following address:
55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 4160, Ottawa ON K1N 6N5 Canada
613-562-5884 -

Any document not written in English or French must be accompanied by an official translation in English or French.

NB: The selection committee will not consider applications without all the required documents. Admission is offered on a full-time basis only. Students admitted to the Program are required to enrol full-time for at least three sessions.

Admission Tests

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The MSc in Health Systems offered in English requires one of the two following Admission Tests:

  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): a minimum overall score of the 50th percentile and at least the 45th percentile on each of the three individual components. The average score was 680 in 2010.
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  • Graduate Record Examinations ® (GRE®): students should aim for at least the 50th percentile on each of the individual components. N.B. GRE Subject Tests will not be accepted.
    For more details about the GRE ...
    GRE Study Guide

N.B. The GMAT or the GRE is mandatory and will not be waived.

Language Requirements

Candidates applying to the English MSc must submit ONE of the following to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to confirm their English proficiency (the test scores cannot be more than two years old as of September 1 of the year of potential entry into the program):

  • Proof of completion within the last five years, of a previous degree program in an English language university.
  • Proof of recent prolonged residence and exercise of a profession in an English speaking
    country (normally at least four years over the last six years)
  • A score of at least 100 (Internet-based) or 250 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • A score of at least 7 in at least three of the four Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests (Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking) and at least 6 in the fourth. The General Training IELTS test is not accepted.
  • A score of at least 14 on the CANTEST, administered by the University of Ottawa, with
    no individual test score below 4.0, along with a score of 4.5 on the oral component of the test.
  • A score of at least 68 on the Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE Academic)

With respect to test scores, they cannot be more than two years old as of September 1 of the year of potential entry into the MSc.

Candidates whose mother tongue is not French and who intend to study in French are advised to consult the French language description of the program for information on what proofs are accepted.

Considering the significant amount of research that is published in English, all candidates need the ability to read and understand written English. Candidates must include in their application evidence of having this knowledge.

Recognition of Courses

Exemptions, Retained Units and Advanced Standing

Students who have successfully completed compulsory units or their equivalents prior to admission will be granted an exemption, that is, they will be permitted to replace those units with elective units in the program on the advice of their supervisor, provided the units were completed with a grade of B or better no more than five years prior to admission to the MSc.

The maximum number of units for which an exemption can be granted is six. The general regulations of the FGPS, section B 2.6, apply for transfer of units.

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