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Master of Science in Healthcare Quality Prerequisites

Master of Science in Healthcare Quality

Students applying to this program should refer the School of Graduate Studies Academic Calendar for up-to-date graduate school requirements. Students requesting admission to the program will normally have graduated with a minimum of a second class standing (B, 73% or GPA 3.0) from an accredited, baccalaureate granting University, with a preferred degree in a healthcare discipline, law, business, engineering, or policy studies.

Statistics Course

Students are required to have taken a undergraduate university course in statistics to be accepted into the program. Eligible statistic courses must include the following components:

  • Data collection
  • Levels of Measurement: nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio
  • Mean, median, mode, standard deviation, confidence intervals, normal distribution
  • Excel spreadsheets and data entry
  • Probability, p values, alpha and beta
  • Sensitivity and specificity, Type I and Type II errors, power (overview)
  • Sampling from a population
  • Chi Square
  • Student t-Test
  • Mann-Whitney U
  • Paired sample t-tests, Wilcoxon
  • Kruskal-Wallis
  • Repeated Measures ANOVA
  • Correlation, Spearman Brown
  • Relative Risk, Odds Ratio
  • Regression

If you have previously taken an undergraduate-level statistics course but it did not meet these requirements or you have not taken one at all, you will need to complete an undergraduate-level statistics course that does before you can enter the program. The prerequisite statistics course must be completed by May prior to enrollment in the program. We encourage prospective applicants who do not have this requirement to complete an online statistics course from January – April. 

After reviewing the above table, if you are still unsure whether your undergraduate statistics course meets our program requirements, you can email a copy of your course syllabus to Please keep in mind that if your syllabus does not have enough information or does not explicitly mention the above requirements, it will not be accepted. 

If you are applying for the MBA + MScHQ dual degree, please refer to the Admission Requirements specific to entering this program.

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Quality Prerequisites

Applicants who have a project based or thesis based research master’s degree in health, health-related law, business, architecture, or engineering will be eligible to apply for admission. Potential applicants who have master’s degrees in other disciplines can still be eligible, but are encouraged to discuss the suitability of the degree with the Associate Director (Health Quality Programs) prior to applying. The overall grade point average required is B+ at the master’s level as per the School of Graduate Studies’ regulation.

Applicants from under-represented groups will be encouraged to apply and specifically recruited to ensure the applicant pool reflects the population of Canada. As the program is offered predominantly online, students are not required to relocate to Kingston for the program as they are only required to be on campus for one-week periods at select times over the four years.

We will seek funding through advancement activities to support travel for students coming from remote areas or great distances and those in financial need.

English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in English is a prerequisite for admission. Those applicants whose native languages do not include English will need to earn satisfactory standing in an English Language Proficiency Test as part of the application process, and before final acceptance is granted. For additional information and minimum required test results, please check the School of Graduate Studies’ website under Testing Requirements.

If your first language is not English, but within the 12-month period prior to the month of application, you have studied for at least one complete year at a post-secondary institution where English is the official language of instruction, may submit with your application and a request to be exempted from the English language proficiency test requirement to The Director of Admissions, School of Graduate Studies, will review the request and then you will be informed of the results of the review.