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The Department of Biomedical & Molecular Sciences is very excited to launch a new initiative which offers a combined program of a BScH/MSc (Biomedical & Molecular Sciences).  This program offers an opportunity for students in the 4th year of their Honours program (SSP plan of the Life Sciences or Biochemistry programs) to take up to 2 courses in Biomedical & Molecular Sciences at the graduate level which would then allow these students to enter the graduate program with advanced standing. Research begun in the 4th year laboratory thesis project (i.e. ANAT499, CANC499, EPID499, MICR499, NSCI499, PATH499, PHAR499, PHGY499, REPD 499 or BCHM421 and BCHM422) could be carried forward as a foundation for the graduate thesis, which would create an opportunity for exceptional students to complete the graduate degree within 4 terms. Note: this program is not open to Life Sciences MAJ students.

Admission to the combined program is a two-step process.

Step 1:

If accepted into the combined program, in Year 4 of the BSc (Hons) program students will be permitted to take up to two 3.0 graduate level courses for a total of 3 or 6 credits towards the 12 credits required for the MSc degree. It is the student’s responsibility to gain admission to these graduate courses following acceptance into the program. These courses will be counted as electives or science options towards completion of the degree requirements in the BSc (Hons) program. Only 1 of these courses may be a combined undergraduate/graduate (400/800) level course. The second (and all subsequent) graduate courses must be graduate only (800 and/or 900 level).

Step 2:

For admission to the MSc program in Biomedical & Molecular Sciences with advanced standing, students will be expected to complete the standard SGS application process, have an overall A- average in the previous 2 years of their undergraduate program, and have demonstrated significant research productivity in the 4th year thesis project.  In order for the student to be granted advanced standing in the M.Sc. degree program, they must have received a final grade of at least B+ (B plus) in the graduate course(s) taken during the 4th year and meet all other requirements for admission to the MSc program in Biomedical & Molecular Sciences.


Students should apply in writing via email to Dr. Katrina Gee ( with a copy to the Graduate Assistant Wendy Cumpson ( and at that time should provide a copy of their transcript, a brief description (1 Paragraph) of their research project, the name of their Project Supervisor, and identify the graduate level courses they hope to enroll in during their 4th year.