MSc to PhD Transfers

MSc to PhD Transfer Program

Transfer Requirements

Those wishing to pursue PhD studies in Health Systems Research at IHPME and:

  • who have completed a non-thesis master’s degree program (e.g., MBA, MPH); or
  • who hold a postgraduate qualification that did not require the completion of a thesis; or
  • have demonstrated significant experience with research and with report writing in lieu of a master’s thesis;

may apply for admission to the MSc to PhD Transfer Program. Students must declare their intention to pursue the MSc to PhD Transfer Program on their application to the MSc degree.

The Institute strongly encourages students who are pursuing a master’s degree program in IHPME to complete their master’s program before applying to the PhD program. 

Transfer Request

Successful applicants to the MSc to PhD Transfer Program will initially be enrolled in a master’s program. The request for transfer into the PhD program should be made no later than June 15 of the first academic year of the student’s initial registration in the School of Graduate Studies.

In order to be considered for transfer, students must:

  1. Demonstrate strong academic potential by:
    1. Completing a minimum of 5 courses;
    2. Achieving a minimum of grade B+ in all courses and an overall average of A- in their program.
  2. Obtain a letter supporting the transfer from their supervisor.
  3. Submit an 8-10 page outline of a PhD-quality thesis project including:
    1. The research question(s);
    2. A brief literature review about the background and the importance of the research project;
    3. An outline and review of the likely data source(s);
    4. A preliminary research design, including the likely methods to be used;
    5. A brief discussion of the analytical issues which could be encountered in the project.
  4. Develop and submit a schedule for completion of the PhD program.
  5. Prepare and submit a statement about financial support, including plans for fellowship applications.

After Submitting Transfer Request

The transfer request (which includes all the supporting documentation described above), must be submitted to the Program Director by June 15 of the academic year in which the student initially registered in the School of Graduate Studies. Students will be informed of the decision about their transfer request by mid-July.

If the request to transfer is successful, students will be registered in the PhD program at the beginning of the Fall session immediately following the approval of the request.  

If the request to transfer is unsuccessful, students will be given the opportunity to continue in the master’s thesis program.

Students who successfully transfer will have their PhD registration back-dated to the date of entry into the MSc program for purposes of calculating the number of years they are allowed to complete their course work, including the comprehensive examination and to prepare and defend their thesis proposal.

PhD Inter-Departmental Transfers

Students who have been admitted to another department or program in the School of Graduate Studies may apply for an interdepartmental transfer to IHPME in accordance with the regulations established by the School and the department and program in which they are enrolled.

Since internal transfers involve the commitment of funding and supervisory time, applications for internal transfer will normally only be considered during and as part of the Institute’s regular admission cycle, for which the application deadline is November 15.

Students must contact the Program Director to discuss eligibility for transfer.

Finance Your Degree

At IHPME, we offer a variety of financial supports to help you succeed in our graduate programs.

Learn More About this Program

HSR Program Director

Katie N. Dainty
Email Address: katie.dainty@​

Co-leads the management of the HSR Program.

Graduate Administrator

Zoe Downie-Ross
Phone Number: (416) 946-3486
Email Address: ihpme.grad.admin@​

Coordinates student records, graduate funding, and student-related awards.

Graduate Admissions

Christina Lopez
Email Address: ihpme.admissions@​

Manages admissions and responds to all related inquiries.

Graduate Assistant

Nadia Ismail
Phone Number: (416) 946-4100
Email Address: ihpme.grad.assist@​

Coordinates various graduate initiatives including defences, student events, and graduation.

HSR Program Assistant

Anita Morehouse
Phone Number: 416-946-3922
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Manages the HSR courses including enrolment, grades, and access to Quercus.