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What will I learn?

Program Requirements

The cores of this 30-credit program are two-fold. Firstly, two innovation courses are offered by the McGill Department of Experimental Surgery (EXSU 620-Surgical Innovation & 621-Surgical Innovation 2) and supporting courses are delivered by the McGill Department of Surgery with some sessions in those courses provided by external partners: Local Industry (Regulatory & IP), the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) (lean start-up), Concordia University (software design). Secondly, fundamental business and management courses provided by the School of Continuing Studies (McGill) and JMSB are taken concurrently and reinforce the innovation project team experience. Students embark on a hospital-based needs finding process by observing all aspects of clinical activity in their focus themes. The trainees learn basic prototyping skills, start-up organization, and project management. This is supplemented by a basic statistics course and an introduction to the current status of biomedical research innovation. This graduate diploma then gives a business-oriented training in the surgical innovation process.

Required Courses (15 credits)

12 credits in:

CORG 556 Managing and Engaging Teamwork (3 credits)
EXSU 619 The Hospital Environment (3 credits)
EXSU 620 Surgical Innovation 1 (3 credits)
EXSU 621 Surgical Innovation 2 (3 credits)


3 credits from the following:

EDPE 575 Statistics for Practitioners (3 credits)
EPIB 507 Bio-stats for Health Sciences (3 credits)
EXSU 606 Statistics for Surgical Research (3 credits)

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

9 credits from the following:

CACC 520 Accounting for Management (3 credits)
CMR2542 Marketing Principles and Applications (3 credits)
CPL2510 Communication and Networking Skills (3 credits)


9 credits of graduate-level courses taken at Concordia University, chosen in consultation with the program director/adviser.

Elective Courses (6 credits)

6 credits at the 500 lever or higher, taken in consultation with the program director/adviser.

Some courses may be substituted with equivalents at the 500 level or higher if timetabling or background of the student requires it, e.g., prior qualification in accounting.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
CAD$27,011.40 (US$ 19,886) per year
CAN $900.38 per credit hour.
Application deadline

Expected September 2022

Start date

4 January 2023, 30 August 2023


McGill University

Downtown Campus,

845 Sherbrooke Street West,


Quebec (QC),

H3A 0G4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have earned an accredited or recognized university degree (equivalent to a McGill undergraduate degree, Bachelor’s) which would serve as a basis of admission to a graduate degree program at a recognized research-intensive university in the same country. The university degree must have been completed with a minimum standing of 3.0/4.0 or the equivalent, according to grading scale on the transcript. Other English Language Requirements: 567 PBT (paper based test); MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): a mark of 85% or higher; University of Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): a grade of “B” (Good) or higher; University of Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of “C” (Pass) or higher; Edexcel London Test of English – Level 4 – with an overall grade of at least “Merit Pass”; Edexcel London Test of English – Level 5 – with an overall grade of at least “Pass”; McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English or McGill Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication: Certificate of Proficiency awarded.

For international students

Generally a B.Sc. in biological, biomedical and life science; physical science; computer science; an M.D. degree; or a B.Eng. is required. Exceptionally, on a case-by-case basis, an applicant holding a .; B.C.L./LL.B.; or B.A. or B.Sc. in humanities and social sciences will be considered. An applicant must have a minimum CGPA of 3.2/4.0.

English Language Scores:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum acceptable scores are: The CBT is no longer being offered. CBT results will no longer be accepted as ETS no longer reports these results. N.B. an institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. IBT (Internet-Based Test): 86 overall, no less than 20 in each of the four component scores.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 6.5 or greater (Academic module).

Application Deadlines: For Fall Term: April 30 and for Winter Term: Sept. 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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