Admissions and Fiancial Support
Admission Requirements and Financial Support
Admission to the program requires an Honours Bachelor Degree (BA, BSc, etc.) with a minimum average of B+ (78%, or the equivalent of a McMaster GPA of 9 out of 12) in the final two years. Enrollment in the program is limited and admission is granted on a competitive basis. Facility in a second language and experience in another country or with an international organization are assets. We also give careful consideration to applicants' statements of interest as well as the faculty and resources available at the Institute.
Roughly equal weighting is given by the Admissions Committee to three items:
a. transcripts and grades;
b. confidential letters of recommendation; and
c. statement of interest.
Applications should be sent as early as possible. The program starts in September of each year. Students are encouraged to apply in sufficient time to meet the scholarship deadlines. University Scholarships are available to domestic as well as international students. To be successful, applications must receive approval from both the Graduate Committee of the IGHC and the School of Graduate Studies.
The online application for September 2016 will be open on November 16, 2015. We begin reviewing applications on January 15 each year. Applicants will receive notifications of acceptance or rejection by the end of February. Please note that we admit students to begin the program in September only.
The program is available to both full-time and part-time students. Part-time students usually complete one course per semester to finish within two years. Courses are 13 weeks and students must attend one three hour seminar on campus per course per week (summer courses have more hours per week, but run over 2 weeks only). Few courses will be taught in the evenings; if you cannot attend daytime classes you will not be able to complete the degree. Please note that we are unable to provide financial support or teaching assistantships (TA-ships) for part-time students.