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Admission Requirements to the Health Sciences Graduate Program

Admission Requirements to Health Sciences Masters Programs

Accepted applicants fall under the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations governing Master's degrees provided they also satisfy the requirements of the Department of Health Sciences listed below. The application deadline is February 1. The Admission decisions made by the Department of Health Sciences Admission Committee are non-appealable. 

Application documents
In addition to the application documents, applicants must submit a curriculum vitae and a statement that addresses the specific areas noted in the application instructions.

Preference is given to applicants who have successfully completed research methods courses (e.g., statistics, qualitative inquiry, epidemiology, research methods).


Proficiency in English language
As an exception to the Faculty of Graduate Studies General Admission Requirements regarding Proficiency in the English Language, applicants whose first language is not English and who have not studied in an English school system for more than three years will be required to present proof of English facility by achieving an appropriate standing in one of the following tests:  the International English Language test (IELTS) with a minimum score or 7 or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum internet-based score of 100, or a minimum computer-based score of 250, or a minimum paper-based score of 600 with a score of at least 5.0 on the Test of Written Language (TWE); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 90; or a Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) with a minimum score of 80.


Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing
The additional admission requirements for this specialization include:

  1. Four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or its equivalent from a university of recognized standing with a minimum "B" average.
  2. Evidence of a commitment to nursing as contained in the student's Curriculum Vitae and Statement of Goals and Intentions.
  3. Proof of unrestricted, current registration or eligibility to register with the College of Nurses of Ontario or another jurisdiction in Canada for which the practicum will take place.


Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing with Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Electives
In addition to the admission requirements for Master of Public Health with Specialization in Nursing, the following additional admission requirements apply:

  1. Evidence of unrestricted, current Registered Nurse Certificate of Registration (College of Nurses of Ontario)
  2. Applicants must have the equivalent of 2 years full-time nursing practice within the past 5 years.

Preference will be given to Ontario residents whose work experience in nursing has been continuous and who have practical experience in one or more of the following areas: primary health care; ambulatory care; public health; community health; long term care; emergency care or outpost nursing. Application packages are available on the Lakehead University website under School of Nursing and Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program. for further information applicants should contact the Lakehead University School of Nursing.


Graduate Specialization in Gerontology
Application to this specialization must be done at the same time as to the graduate program of the collaborating academic unit (i.e., Education, Health Sciences, Kinesiology, Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology); in exceptional cases, students may apply to transfer to the program with Specialization in Gerontology during their first year of graduate studies.

In addition to the application documents required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the collaborating academic unit, applicants to this specialization must submit a statement that addresses interest and experience in Gerontology. Preference is given to applicants who have completed an undergraduate program, major or minor in Gerontology, have taken undergraduate courses in gerontology or with gerontology content, or have relevant work or volunteer experience dealing with issues of aging.