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January 18, 2021


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Education: MHSc in Bioethics - FAQs

Can I take the program online?


The MHSc in Bioethics is only available to attend in person. No online option is currently available.


Is the program full time or part time?


The course is considered a full time program. If you try to register under "part time" on the application page you will not be given a start date.


What is the time commitment for classes?


Students will take two full days of courses (Thursday and Friday) twice a month. There are 12 two-day class blocks each year for a total of 24 two-day sessions over the two years. Additionally, you will need time to complete assignments and the practicum.


Do my references need to submit a paper copy of their reference?


No. All references listed in the SGS application will receive an email with a link directing them to an online submission page. A paper copy is not required. An institutional email address must be submitted online in order for the references to receive the request. References must be submitted within two weeks of the original email request send date. If your referees have questions, they should send all inquiries to Terry Yuen, program coordinator, at


Can I submit a published paper as my writing sample?


No. You must submit a writing sample, in English, that demonstrates your analytical and argumentative skills, preferably in bioethics. The writing sample must be an unpublished, sole-authored paper of at least 750 words, double-spaced.


What transcripts are required?


You need to upload electronic versions of transcripts from your undergraduate degree and any subsequent graduate degrees granted and any degrees in progress. Grades need to be included. Please note: A photo of the transcript is not eligible. It must be a PDF document on which the courses and grades are clear. Official transcripts are only required if you accept an offer of admission to the MHSc in Bioethics.


What is an official transcript?


Official transcripts are hard copies of your final marks and confirmation that you’ve received your degree. They are sent directly to the Graduate Office from your previous degree-granting institution(s). They are only considered official if stamped by the institution and received in an institutional envelope with a signed seal.


Where do I send my official transcripts?


You do not need to send your official transcripts until you receive an acceptance letter into the program. Official transcripts will be requested by the Graduate Office if you are accepted into the program. They must be mailed directly to the Graduate Office in a sealed envelope from your previous degree-granting institution(s).


Can I get my official transcripts back if I am not accepted into the MHSc in Bioethics?


No. Once official transcripts are received by the Graduate Office and opened, they cannot be returned to the applicant.


Should I submit all my electronic transcripts and required documents in one step or can they be uploaded individually?


You are encouraged to upload all transcripts and required documents as they are completed or become available to you. You do not have to wait until you have all your documents at hand to begin uploading them to your application. This allows the administrative staff to review any documents to see if there are any problems with the files.


Where do I send my application documents?


All documents must be uploaded to your online application (including unofficial transcripts). The reviewers look at the applications online and will only see those documents you uploaded. If your application is incomplete it will not be reviewed. Hard copy documents sent to the JCB will not be added to your application.


How do I "submit" my application?


SGS does not have a "Submit" button on the applications. Following the application deadline, your application will be checked to ensure that you have submitted all the required document (outstanding letters of reference are exceptions). Once all documents have been received, you will receive an email from the Executive Assistant confirming the receipt of your application. If all the uploaded documents are legible your application will be marked "Under Review" by the JCB and will be sent to the reviewers.


Do I need to have a minimum of 3 years work experience?


For the MHSc in Bioethics program, work experience (including volunteer experience) is evaluated by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis. Normally, the equivalent of 3 years of professional full-time work is required. If the applicant isn't part of a recognized professional group (e.g., nurse, physician, lawyer, health administrator), the committee is generally looking for some robust ethics-related work in a health-related setting; ideally the applicant has an "institutional home".


I'm an international student, what are my requirements?


Check the Dalla Lana School of Public Health website for international student requirements.