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Special or Visiting Students


Where a deadline falls on a weekend or a statutory holiday, the effective deadline will be the following business day.



May 1

Submission of supporting documents*:

June 1

Architecture applicants: Portfolio submission

March 8

Application to Music and submission of supporting documents

January 15

Application to Religious Studies (B.Th.) and submission of supporting documents

May 1

College-affiliated applicants

June 15

Application and supporting documents for Dentistry, Law, or Medicine

Refer to the faculty websites

* It is in the interest of all applicants to complete their files as quickly as possible. The upload feature (in Minerva) facilitates the submission of documents by allowing applicants to upload their own documents (for further information, see: www.mcgill.ca/applying/submitting-your-documents).

When program space is limited, preference may be given to applicants who have provided all required supporting documents earlier on. Should a program reach its capacity prior to the deadline for submission of documents, incomplete applications may be cancelled.

Admission Requirements

Successful applicants to McGill University as Special or Visiting Students are generally required to have a minimum “B” overall average. In addition, grades obtained in courses relevant to the proposed program of study will be considered.

The admission of Special or Visiting Students is subject to the availability of places in a particular program, and students who present the minimum requirements are not guaranteed acceptance. Entrance to courses with enrolment limits, notably freshman-level science courses, or courses that require permission of the instructor, cannot be guaranteed. Applicants are expected to possess the same prerequisite courses as those applying as Transfer students.

Completion of courses as a Special or Visiting Student at McGill University does not guarantee or improve the chances of entrance into a McGill University degree program in a future year. Normally, Special and Visiting Students remain at McGill University for no more than one semester or two consecutive semesters per academic career.

Admission Requirements for Special Students

To qualify as a Special Student, you must:

  • Have received an undergraduate degree or be in the final year of a course of study at a recognized college or university leading to an undergraduate degree consisting of 120 credits over eight semesters following completion of high school. If you have received a CEGEP DEC in the Province of Quebec, you must have completed 90 credits (six semesters) in a Quebec university to obtain the required degree.
  • Have a plan of study that is acceptable to the faculty you wish to enter. Some faculties stipulate prerequisite coursework.

In addition:

  • Music applicants do not require a university degree but must have the necessary Music prerequisites for certain courses. Special Students in Music are not entitled to instrument or voice lessons and, therefore, are not required to audition.
  • The maximum course load is 15 credits per term for a maximum of two terms (with the exception of Architecture where the maximum course load is six credits per term).
  • If you wish to hold Special Student status in Engineering or Architecture, you must provide a referral from the Order of Engineers or the Order of Architects, as appropriate.
  • Applicants to the Faculty of Science are expected to have a recognized undergraduate Science or Engineering degree completed in the last five years. Holders of any other undergraduate degrees will be considered on an individual basis and only if they have completed a number of advanced university-level mathematics and science courses. Frequently, Special Student applicants to the McGill's Faculty of Science have the intention of taking mathematics or science courses to qualify eventually for admission to graduate or professional programs. However, please note that basic mathematics and science courses (100 and 200 level) are not open to Special Students at McGill. The intended McGill courses must be at the 300, 400, or 500 level and be listed on the application.
  • To take courses in English or French as a Second Language, you must obtain written permission from the Department and will be permitted entry only if there is space, after degree students have registered. A plan of study cannot consist only of E.S.L. or F.S.L. courses.
  • If applying to the B.Th. program in the Faculty of Religious Studies, you must submit two letters of reference, at least one of which should be from an instructor at an academic institution previously attended. The reference form is available at www.mcgill.ca/religiousstudies/theological/bth.

Documentation for Special Students

You are strongly encouraged to upload your supporting documents (see www.mcgill.ca/applying/submitting-your-documents for further information).

If admitted, you must arrange for official final transcripts of all college/university studies and confirmation of graduation to be sent as soon as the results become available.

You may submit photocopies of Advanced Levels, Advanced Placement Exams, French Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, and/or high school transcripts to complete your application.

Admission Requirements for Visiting Students

If you are currently registered in a degree program at another university and have completed at least two semesters of study there, you may apply to take courses at McGill University as a Visiting Student. Course credits can be applied toward the program of study at your home university. Admission decisions on visiting applications are final and there is no appeal process.

Documentation for Visiting Students

You are strongly encouraged to upload your supporting documents (see www.mcgill.ca/applying/submitting-your-documents for further information).

You must submit a letter of permission from the appropriate officer of your home university approving your proposed program of study. If admitted, you must bring a copy of the letter of permission to your first advising session at McGill and also arrange for your official final university transcripts to be sent to McGill.

You may submit photocopies of A-Levels, Advanced Placement Exams, French Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, and/or high school transcripts to complete your application.