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Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization, M.B.D.C.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #72 (WUR) Hamilton, Canada
The Master of Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization program is offered by the McMaster University. Biomedical sciences focus complemented by business courses and interdisciplinary science-business projects.


The Master of Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Program is a one-year course-based Master's that equips graduates with the scientific and technical knowledge that underlies breakthrough discoveries in the biomedical sciences as well as an understanding of business fundamentals of the health sciences sector. 

The program is full-time and includes an internship in sectors related to the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry. Preference will be given to those applicants who completed the Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization Program at McMaster University. The program is offered by the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences with key contributions from the School of Business.

Areas of Research

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Commerce
  • Integration of business and science

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Team Project
  • Multidisciplinary Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management of Technology
  • Pharma/Biotech Business Issues
  • Health Economics and Evaluation
  • Community Internship
  • Scholarly Paper

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • Honours Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • B+ (B- for Engineering) minimum average, based on a full year equivalent of final year courses (3rd/4th level) relevant to the program
  • Each program may set additional/higher requirements
  • Degrees and grades from foreign universities are evaluated for their equivalency to McMaster’s
  • Departments or programs may establish additional requirements, such as scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Admission is competitive
  • The admission decision is not subject to appeal
  • Applicants who do not meet the above mentioned requirements, should consult the Graduate Calendar to determine the requirements for exceptional cases

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34214 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17107 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13228 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6614 CAD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Hamilton

  • 1163 - 1630 CAD/month
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