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Graduate Studies Calendar 2022-2023 Program Descriptions Medicine, Biomedical Technology MDBT
Medicine, Biomedical Technology MDBT
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Location: Health Sciences Centre, Room G341A
Program number: 403.220.83.06
Fax: 403.210.8109
Email address:
Web page URL:

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Master of Biomedical Technology (MBT), course-based

The Master of Biomedical Technology Graduate Program and the Haskayne School of Business offer a combined MBT/MBA program. Contact the Graduate Science Education Office for further information.

All students are considered full-time.

2. Admission Requirements

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

a) Qualifications:

  • Normally, a four-year BSc degree in biological sciences or equivalent.
  • A minimum admission grade point average of 3.30 (on the University of Calgary four-point system; equivalent to a "B+") based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 60 units.

b) English Language Proficiency:

See Medicine Programs.

c) Immunizations:

See Medicine Programs.

d) Additional Requirements:

  • Applicants are required to arrange for the submission of two reference letters. References must follow the guidelines posted on the program’s website for prospective students.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • A Vision Statement (no more than one page in length) outlining career goals, and how the MBT program will help to achieve them.

Suggested Preparatory Courses: Genetics (Biology 311 or equivalent), Cellular and Molecular Biology (Biology 331 or equivalent), Biochemistry or macro molecules (Biochemistry 393 or equivalent), and senior-level course work in at least two of the following subject areas: microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and/or physiology.

4. Advanced Credit

In consultation with the Graduate Program Director, advanced credit may be requested in accordance with Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations. Applicants must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma or for courses taken to bring the grade point average to a required level for admission. Any credit to be given for courses completed will be included in the letter of offer for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

5. Program/Course Requirements

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

a) 31 units of courses:

b) 6-unit practicum Medical Science 670 (runs over Spring and Summer)

It is required that MDBT students will successfully complete all Fall and Winter courses prior to beginning their practicum.

Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade)

Students admitted to the graduate programs in the Cumming School of Medicine will not be allowed to request the Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade) for any course that is applicable to their degree; or apply any course awarded a grade of CG towards their graduation requirements.

Students may not choose the CG grade for a course taken extra to load.

The use of the CG grade will affect students' eligibility for internal awards.

6. Additional Requirements

Research Integrity Day and Sex and Gender Training Module

See Medicine Programs.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Credit will not be given for undergraduate-level courses.

8. Time Limit

The program is completed in one year on a full-time basis.

9. Supervisory Assignments

The Graduate Program Director will serve as advisor for all newly admitted students. In the MBT program, there is no requirement for students to have a supervisor.

10. Financial Assistance