McGill is changing their application software and detailed instructions will be available soon. Note that there is a non-refundable application fee that covers the application to up to two programs.
The following is a list of all the materials that you will need to provide. We will not begin to consider your application until ALL the materials have been received. We are not always able to send you a letter indicating whether your application is complete or not; therefore, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all their documents have been uploaded.
If the transcript does not indicate that a degree has been conferred, a copy of the degree certificate (diploma) will also need to be uploaded.
Especially for applicants to the PhD and the M.Sc. thesis programs, we greatly prefer receiving academic references, that is, letters supplied by university professors or course instructors. If you had a supervisor for your university studies or for a thesis, we would like one of the letters to be supplied by this person (this is especially important for Ph.D. applicants). If you graduated from university several years ago, we realize that it may be difficult to obtain academic references. In this case, you may substitute letters from your employers or co-workers. (We give academic references much more weight when assessing an application).
Applicants to the M.Sc. program who obtained their undergraduate degree outside Canada can OPTIONALLY take the GRE general test and request the Educational Testing Service to report their scores directly to the School. Use the code 0935 to directly forward the test scores to McGill University from ETS.
Applicants to the Ph.D. program are not required to take the GRE general test. However, we strongly suggest that applicants who obtained their Masters degree outside Canada take the GRE general test as it will be very helpful to the Ph.D. Committee in the evaluation process, and these applicants MUST take the GRE general test if they want to be considered for a scholarship from McGill.
All international students have to take the TOEFL or IELTS test, except:
If you completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at a foreign institution where English is the language of instruction, you do not need to take the test. Results must be forwarded by the testing agency to McGill University (code 0935).
Canadian students (francophones or anglophones) do not need to take the test.
The minimum acceptable test score for TOEFL is 600 (paper-based) or 230 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based; no individual component must be below 22). The minimum acceptable test score for IELTS is an overall band of 6.5. The official copy must be supplied by the Educational Testing Service directly to the School. If you claim exemption from the TOEFL or IELTS because you have attended a university where English is used, please notify us of this.
CV: Both Masters and Ph.D. applicants should include a copy of their CV.
For the Ph.D. program and the M.Sc. thesis program, the School requires a list of at least 3 proposed supervisors that you would like to work with in order to process your application.
Please also see the frequently asked questions page.
The application deadline is December 15th for International students and Canadian students with financial consideration. Without financial assistance Canadian students will be considered until February 15th. You are encouraged to apply early, as this allows time for correspondence should there be any problems with your application.
We do not accept applications for January admission to the M.Sc. (non-thesis) program.
For the PhD and the M.Sc. thesis programs, you can apply for the Winter term but it is highly recommended that you contact potential supervisors at the same time. All applicants must submit ALL documents by September 1st.
M.Sc and Ph.D. applications for September admission are reviewed in February and March. Applicants are informed of decisions shortly thereafter.
The School does not respond to individual inquiries concerning results of an application. You will be notified, in writing, of our decision. Later, you will receive notification, in writing, from Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies of the official admission decision. The School only has the power to recommend admission decisions to GPS. It is possible (but unusual) for them to alter our recommendation. Once we write to you of a recommendation, you must understand it is always subject to final, official approval by GPS.
Students admitted to a program may request to defer their admission to the same program for a period of up to one year, without having to pay a new application fee. This does not apply to special or visiting students, who must apply and pay an application fee every year. The application for deferral must be made in writing, signed by the student, to the academic unit offering the student's program. The signed request must state the desired term of deferred admissions and the reasons for requesting a deferral, the current mailing address, telephone and email address.
Approval of the deferral is not automatic. The academic unit, or GPS, may reject a request, subject to the program's enrolment limitations in the new term, the sequence and availability of required courses, the reasons for requesting a deferral. In addition, if the first acceptance was conditional, non-completion of conditions of admission or poor academic performance since the initial admission are valid reasons to refuse a deferred admission.
A student must NOT complete the online application for admission to request a deferral, since submitting an online application requires a credit card payment of the application fee.