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Graduate Studies Calendar 2019-2020 Program Descriptions Medicine, Biomedical Technology MDBT
Medicine, Biomedical Technology MDBT
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Location: Health Sciences Centre, Room G347B
Program number: 403.210.6689
Fax: 403.210.8109
Email address:
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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. Part-time status may be considered and must be approved by the Graduate Program Director.

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) 27 units of courses:

  1. Medical Graduate Education 601 (1 unit - Fall Term)
  2. Medical Graduate Education 602 (1 unit - Fall Term)
  3. Medical Graduate Education 603 (1 unit - Fall Term)
  4. Medical Graduate Education 604 (1 unit - Fall Term)
  5. Medical Graduate Education 605 (1 unit - Fall Term)
  6. Medical Graduate Education 606 (1 unit - Winter Term)
  7. Medical Graduate Education 607 (1 unit - Winter Term)
  8. Medical Graduate Education 608 (1 unit - Winter Term)
  9. Medical Graduate Education 609 (1 unit - Winter Term)
  10. Medical Science 673 (3 units - runs over Fall and Winter)
  11. Medical Science 674.01 (6 units - runs over Fall and Winter)
  12. Medical Science 674.02 (6 units - runs over Fall and Winter)
  13. Medical Science 678 (3 units - runs over Fall and Winter)

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.

6. Additional Requirements

Research Integrity Day 

See Medicine Programs.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Credit will not be given for undergraduate-level courses.

8. Time Limit

It is recommended that the program be completed in one year on a full-time basis. It may also be completed on a part-time basis with the Director's approval.

9. Supervisory Assignments

The Graduate Program Director will serve as interim supervisor for all newly admitted students. In the MBT program, there is no official requirement for students to have a supervisor. We do recommend, however, that students have a faculty supervisor and/or a mentor from the business community.

Master’s students in the Leaders in Medicine program will be evaluated and advised by a Joint Liaison Committee composed of the Associate Dean (Graduate Sciences Education) and the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Medical Education).

10. Financial Assistance