For the betterment of health services research

This program is intended for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health research. The Master's Degree in Applied Health Services Research is a collaborative venture of Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of New Brunswick, St. Mary's University, and the University of Prince Edward Island, and is coordinated through the Atlantic Research Training Centre (ARTC).

The degree program provides knowledge and skills necessary to tackle complex health policy issues and contribute to the future of health services in Atlantic Canada.

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Course Structure

Note: Current UPEI students should refer to Student Planning in myUPEI and the UPEI Academic Calendar governing their entry year, and speak to an academic advisor about course requirements. The course structure presented for this program is a recommended, unofficial progression for prospective students.

Students complete three compulsory and two elective courses and a thesis, and attend one workshop and approximately 12 seminars. 

Compulsory Courses 

  • AHS 6000 - Introduction to Health Services Research
  • AHS 6004 - Determinants of Health: Healthy Public Policy
  • AHS 6008 - Advanced Qualitative Methods OR AHS 6009 - Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • One themed workshop and approximately 12 seminars (scheduled throughout the degree program)

Elective Courses 

  • AHS 6001 - Canadian Health System
  • AHS 6005 - Policy and Decision Making
  • AHS 6007 - Knowledge Transfer and Research Uptake
  • AHS 6011 - Indigenous Health
  • AHS 6110 - Directed Studies
  • AHS 6120 - Residency


  • AHS 6010 - Thesis
Admissions Criteria
What's Required for MAHSR Admission?

Candidates for admission to the Masters of Applied Health Services Research program must have demonstrated high academic standing and potential for self-directed, sustained research. Normally, the basic requirements are:

  • a Bachelor’s degree of four years or a Bachelor’s with honours, or equivalent professional degree, from an approved university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or an average of 75% or higher in the last 20 courses;
  • two references;
  • a statement of interest, including research interests.

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

Students are expected to be proficient in the use of English, both written and oral, when they begin their studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. Please review the English Language Requirements for graduate programs.

Application Deadline
Make sure you apply before the deadline!

The application deadline for this program is March 1.

Securing a supervisor prior to applying to this program is an admission requirement. Visit the Potential Graduate Supervisors page of the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for contact information.

Fees and Funding
Tuition for Master of Science Programs


Master of Science - $9,220 per 2 year program
Master of Veterinary Science - $9,220 per 2 year program
Master of Applied Health Services Research - $14,340 per 2 year program
International students pay $8,010 per year in addition to full-time student tuition.

For a complete breakdown of part-time or full-time study as a graduate student, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Scholarships and Awards

UPEI supports you and your educational goals. We administer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students every year. Depending on your faculty or program, and year of study, you may be eligible for available awards.

Search the complete list of scholarships for information and application forms.  

Faculty Members
Your mentors. Our professors.

UPEI has about 250 faculty—exceptional scholars, teachers, and mentors, with more being hired each year as we open new, progressive, and unique programs. But the story isn’t just in the numbers. It’s in the quality of our people. Award-winning faculty from around the globe have made UPEI home. Here, you’ll learn directly from these world-class professors and researchers in small classes where you’ll have easy access to them.