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The graduate students will register in one of the designated areas of specialization:

  • Molecular and Macromolecular Sciences (MMS)
  • Environmental Sciences (ESC)
  • Human Biology (HB)

Two other designated areas of specialization have specific program pages:

The MSc degree of the University of Prince Edward Island requires the demonstration of a reasonable mastery of a concentrated field of study. The latter is attested by the achieving of satisfactory standings in the minimum number of graduate courses required by the respective Faculty, the completion of a research project, and the writing of a thesis based upon the research. There will be considerable interaction and co-operation among the departments/faculties to provide courses and research facilities to meet the needs of individual students and their research projects.

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Miranda Steeves, a Master of Science student at the University of Prince Edward Island, is working on breast cancer research, with assistance from the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI). 

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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 will register in one of the designated areas of specialization listed below:

  • Molecular and Macromolecular Sciences (MMS)
  • Environmental Sciences (ESC)
  • Human Biology (HB)
  • Sustainable Design Engineering (SDE)
  • Mathematics and Computational Sciences (MCS)

Students are required to take a minimum of three graduate level courses, all of which are to be regarded as substantive. 

In the MCS specialization, a minimum of four substantive graduate level courses are required, including MCS 8920 (a requirement) and only one of the required courses may be cross-level listed with an undergraduate course.

A Seminar course (MMS 8900 or ESC 8900 or HB 8900 or SDE 8900 or MCS 8900) is required. Students may take only one Directed Studies course (MMS 8810 or ESC 8810 or HB 8810 or SDE 8810 or MCS 8810 or alternatively, VBS 8810 or 8820, VPM 8810 or 8820, VCA 8810 or 8820, VHM 8810 or 8820) for credit. Students lacking an Honours degree or background in one or more area may, at the discretion of the Supervisory Committee, be required to take the appropriate undergraduate level course(s), in addition to the required courses. All graduate students must receive non-credit WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) training in their first year.

When a student is required to register in a seminar or colloquium course in more than one semester, the record will show a grade or a designation of "In Progress" for semesters prior to completion of the course and "Pass" or "Fail" (or a numerical grade in the case of MMS 8900) for the final semester. Enrolment in the Seminar course implies the student will participate as a presenter in at least one Graduate Studies Day. With the consent of the Supervisory Committee, and of the instructor and the Department Chair concerned, a student may register for, and audit, all or part of a course. It is understood that the student will attend lectures as prescribed, but will not write any examination or receive any grade. Such a course may be recorded as an additional course, identified by AUD.

Admissions Criteria
What's Required for Admission?

In the following it must be understood that the standard of reference is the typical Canadian university curriculum and university system.

Admission to a graduate degree program as a regular student is granted, on recommendation of the Department concerned, to:

i. the holder of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or a four-year honours or majors baccalaureate or its equivalent, as set out below; or

ii. a student who has satisfied the requirements for transfer from provisional student category as described below.

The minimum requirement for admission to graduate studies in the Faculties of Science and Veterinary Medicine is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, or equivalent; or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, or Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree, or equivalent, normally of four years’ duration, in an honours or majors program or equivalent from a recognized university or college, the applicant having achieved an average of at least second-class (“B,” i.e., 70% to 79.9%) standing in the work of the last four semesters or the last two undergraduate years.

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!

Application deadline: for Fall intake July 1; for Winter intake November 1; for Summer intake 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 - (MAHSR-P) professional stream - $14,340 per 1 year program
Master of Applied Health Services Research - (MAHSR-T) thesis stream - $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.