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Graduate Studies Calendar 2014-2015 Program Descriptions Medicine Programs Medicine, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases MDMI
Medicine, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases MDMI
Contact Information

Location: Health Sciences Centre, Room G329
Program number: 403.220.2558
Fax: 403.210.8109
Email address:
Web page URL:

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science (MSc) thesis-based

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Cumming School of Medicine requirements, the Department requires:

a) A minimum admission grade point average over the last two years (20 half courses) of 3.30 ("B+") on a four-point scale or equivalent.

b) For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (written test), or 92 (Internet-based test), or an IELTS score of 7.0, or a MELAB score of 82 or a PTE score of 64.

c) Two reference letters.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements will be considered only in exceptional circumstances.

3. Application Deadline

Deadlines for submission of required documents for international applicants:

April 1 for September admission
August 1 for January admission
December 1 for May admission
February 1 for July admission

Deadlines for submission of required documents for domestic applicants:

June 1 for September admission
October 1 for January admission
March 1 for May admission
May 1 for July admission

Students applying to the MD/Master’s or MD/PhD program must apply individually to each program and complete a supplementary application to the Leaders in Medicine Program.

4. Advanced Credit

See “Medicine Programs”.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to Faculty requirements, the Department requires:

Master of Science

a) The completion of a minimum of one full-course equivalent.

b) The presentation of an annual seminar in the applicable research group.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) The completion of a minimum of one and one-half full-course equivalents.

b) The presentation of an annual seminar in the applicable research group.

c) The presentation of a seminar on the results of his/her thesis research.

6. Additional Requirements


7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

No more than half a student’s program may be done at the 500 level.

8. Time Limit

Expected completion time is two years for students in the Master of Science program and four years for doctoral students. Maximum completion time is four years for the Master of Science program and six years for the doctoral program.

Leaders in Medicine - Expected completion time for the MD/Master’s program is four to five years, and for the MD/PhD program, six to seven years. The maximum completion time is six years for the MD/Master’s, and eight years for the MD/PhD program.

See “Medicine Programs” for maximum completion times.

9. Supervisory Assignments

Students may interview several potential supervisors. The decision to establish a relationship is based upon mutual agreement between the student and the supervisor. Supervisory committees are established based upon the needs of the student and the expertise of the committee members, following discussions between the student and the supervisor.

10. Required Examinations

See the “Medicine Programs” entry in this Calendar.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

See the “Medicine Programs” entry in this Calendar.

12. Special Registration Information


13. Financial Assistance

The general policy of the Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Graduate Program is that all students shall be full-time and that all students will receive financial support for the entire period of their program.

14. Other Information

Courses in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases are offered under the auspices of the Department of Medical Science and are listed in this Calendar under that heading.

15. Faculty Members/Research Interests

The research interests of the faculty can be found at