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Completing your application

This section provides instructions and tips for entering information into the main screens in the application. 

  1. Enter your biographical information

    Enter your name and other personal information in the appropriate fields. Mandatory fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

    When entering your name, ensure that you add correct accents, and that you use upper and lower case spelling, so that your name matches your transcripts and other documents.

    Your legal name is the name shown on one or more of the following documents:

    • Birth or Baptismal Certificate
    • Canadian Immigration Record of Landing (IMM1000)
    • Canadian Immigration Student Authorization document
    • Canadian or International Passport (a Canadian Citizenship card is also acceptable)
    • Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec (CAQ)
    • Court order approving a legal change
    • Letter from Consulate or Attestation by a Commissioner of Oaths

    You must provide your former legal name (for example, your family name before marriage) if it has appeared on previous academic records or other official documents.

  2. Apply for admission

    Enter your application choices, using the information below as a guide. Please fill out this section carefully as you cannot change it later on. McGill's online application system automatically displays program choices based on the application type, term, level of education, and citizenship status that you select. If you make a mistake, you will not see the correct program choices, and you will have to complete a new application.

    a) Citizenship
    Indicate whether you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

    b) Educational Background
    Select the highest level of education you will have achieved before starting your program at McGill. Typically, this is high school or CEGEP. See the table below if you require more information on which level to choose.

    If you are applying to McGill University while still completing high school, select High School Diploma. If you are applying during the second year of Quebec CEGEP, select CEGEP Diploma (DEC). Do not select the level of education you plan to pursue at McGill.

    It is important to complete this section correctly. If incorrect, the review of your application may be delayed.

    Click here for help on which level of education you should select.

    Level of Education Last Completed


    Less than High School Diploma

    Only select this level if you do not meet McGill's minimum requirements but you qualify as a mature student.

    High School Diploma

    Select this option if you have completed or will complete your high school diploma, an International Baccalaureate Diploma, or AS/A-Level prior to commencing studies at McGill. 

    Do not select "High School Diploma" if you have completed or will complete a French Baccalaureate, a CEGEP diploma, or at least one year of college or university study prior to commencing studies at McGill.

    Technical/Vocational Diploma

    Select this option if you have completed or will complete a technical or vocational diploma at the high school level prior to commencing studies at McGill.

    French Baccalaureate

    Select this option if you have completed or will complete a French Baccalaureate prior to commencing studies at McGill. This includes applicants from Collège Stanislas and Collège Marie de France in Montreal.

    German Abitur

    Select this option if you have completed or will complete a German Abitur prior to commencing studies at McGill.

    CEGEP Diploma (DEC)

    Select this option if you have completed or will complete a Quebec diplôme d'études collégiales (DEC) or a joint IB/DEC prior to commencing studies at McGill.

    College (non-CEGEP) Studies

    Select this option if you have completed or will complete at least one year of studies at a community college outside the province of Quebec prior to commencing studies at McGill.

    University (at least one year)

    Select this option if you have completed or will complete at least one year of studies at a university (including McGill) prior to commencing the program you are applying for.

    Bachelor's Degree/Equivalent

    Select this option if you have completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent prior to commencing studies at McGill.

    Master's Degree

    Select this option if you have completed a master's degree prior to commencing studies at McGill.


    Select this option if you have completed a Ph.D. prior to commencing studies at McGill.

    c) Depending on what you selected above, you might see additional choices about IB and AS/A-Levels. Unless you will have completed an IB diploma or certificate, or the AS/A-Levels, select None of the Above.

    d) Education Category 
    Select the region where you received your highest level of education before coming to McGill. This list will change depending on your previous selections. Click on the help link in the top-right hand corner for more information.

    It is very important to select the correct education category and we highly recommend referring to the help link at the top-right hand corner if you are not sure about your category.

    e) Application Type 
    Select Undergraduate/Professional.

    This document applies only to undergraduate/professional programs at McGill. For all other programs, please refer to the appropriate documentation for information.

    f) Term
    Select the term you wish to enter McGill. Typically, this is the next Fall semester.

  3. Mature status

    You may be able to apply as a Mature student. Different faculties have different definitions for Mature student eligibility.

    • Schulich School of Music: 21 years of age at time of registration.

    • Other undergraduate programs: 23 years at a time of registration and have not completed college or university level studies within the last five years that would constitute a basis for admission. You must also have completed a minimum number of appropriate courses (prerequisites) within the three-year period prior to admission.

  4. Program selection

    Select at least one faculty, program, and major.

    If your choices do not appear in the pull-down menus, it may be that the application deadlines have passed for the selected term, the programs are not offered for the selected term, or the application requirements have not been met.

    • Music Applicants
      Prospective students applying to some programs in the Schulich School of Music are required to complete a live audition. More information about auditions is available on the Music website.

    • Alternate Program Choice
      After you’ve made your first selection, you can also select an alternate program choice. In some cases, you may be required to select an alternate program.

    • Information messages may appear with details on what you are required to do. Messages will differ depending on what you have selected. If two program choices are selected, you will receive a response from each program separately. However, if you are accepted to both programs, you may only register in one.

      You will not be able to change your faculty or program selections once you have pressed the Continue button. To change your program choice, you will need to create a new application. However, you can create a new application using the same Login ID and PIN.

  5. Address information

    • Address Line 1, City, and Country are required.

    • Enter using upper case and lower case letters. Do not use the pound sign (#) or the percent sign (%).

    • To enter a state or province for an international address, include it in the City field.

    • You must enter a valid e-mail address, as the University will send important information related to your application to this account, including notifications on tracking the status of your application, missing documents, and the admission decision.

      If your mailing or e-mail address changes after you submit your application, it is important that you update it on Minerva so that McGill University correspondence can be sent to your correct address.

  6. Personal information 

    • Citizenship
      If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you need permission from the provincial and federal governments to study at McGill. Immigration Quebec must issue a Certificate of Acceptance (CAQ) and Immigration Canada must grant a Study Permit. Click on the help link in the top-right hand corner for more information.

    • Quebec Students: Permanent Code
      If you are a resident of the province of Quebec with a Permanent Code issued by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport du Québec (MELS), you must enter it here. This is not your Medicare card number. The Permanent Code is found on Quebec high school and CEGEP transcripts, and on transcripts from some Quebec universities.

    • First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Applicants
      You may select the checkbox indicating that you are First Nations, Inuit, or Métis.
      Providing this information is optional. It will help us keep you informed of student services, and help us improve our service to students from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. For more information, see Aboriginal applicants.

  7. Employment and non-academic activities

    If you have been out of school for more than three months, include details about your employment, volunteer work, or other activities.

  8. High school history

    (some applications only)

    Enter your high school history information. You may not have all of the information when you submit your application.

    • OUAC Number (applications from Ontario high schools)
      If you do not have your OUAC number when you submit your McGill University application, leave this field blank (do not enter an incorrect number). When you know the number, you can log on to Minerva and enter it later. If you enter an incorrect number, please submit your changes to Admissions via the webform for Undergraduate Applicants.

    • High School Record
      Search through the pull-down menu of schools, depending on the country and province/state selected. Please do not manually enter your school name if it appears in the list.

  9. Quebec college history

    (applicants from CEGEPs and from Collège Stanislas and Collège international Marie de France in Montreal)

    If you attended a Quebec CEGEP, including Collège Marie de France and Collège Stanislas, enter details about the college or CEGEP and program type.

  10. Education information

    In previous screens, you might have indicated that you attended more than one school. In the Education Level field, you must select the school that corresponds to the degree/diploma/certificate awarded. For example, if you attended two high schools, select the high school from which you received your diploma.

    If the school you graduated from is not listed, you might have forgotten to add it. Navigate back to the High School, CEGEP, College, or University information page and add the school.

  11. IB programs

    If you indicated that you were completing an IB diploma or certificate you will be prompted to enter your IB personal code and course details. Your IB personal code is three letters followed by three numbers.

  12. Course history

    If you have taken or are planning to take any night, distance, or summer courses that will not appear on your official transcripts, enter the course details here.
  13. Tests taken

    If you have taken standardized testing, such as SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), enter this information here.

    If you have not taken any tests, you must scroll down and select the checkbox marked "I have no tests to report."

    • External Test Results
      Please note that McGill University receives TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, ACT, and AP test results electronically. Ensure that the personal information you provide to the examination board matches the information you provide to McGill. If there is a discrepancy in personal information, we will not be able to match your electronic results.

      For further information or assistance, contact Service Point via the webform for Undergraduate Applicants.

  14. Music information form/Music audition form

    Applicants to the Schulich School of Music must enter details about repertoire and studies concerning voice or their instrument of choice.

    • Applicants are also asked to submit a Music Evaluation Form to their music teacher for completion.

    • Applicants to the Bachelor of Music, Licentiate, and Artist Diploma programs also need to perform an entrance audition. Click on the help link in the top-right hand corner or visit the Music website for more details on audition.

  15. Confirmation

    To change information, go back to the Confirmation page and use the links on the left side of the screen to navigate to the sections that you need to change.

    You cannot change your program choice. If you selected the wrong program choice, you must start a new application. However, you can use the same Login ID and PIN to create a new application.

  16. Submitting your application

    Once you click Submit, you will be asked to enter payment information (i.e., a credit card number).

    The credit card used to pay your application fee does not need to be in your name. For example, if you do not have your own credit card, a relative or guardian’s card will be accepted.

    Our e-payment service is highly secure. Your credit card information will be passed instantly to the payment gateway operated by Moneris Solutions, which handles 80% of all credit card transactions processed in Canada.

Credit card not accepted? 

If your credit card is not accepted, click the Try Again button to go back to the payment page. Verify the information, correct it, or enter information from a different card. If you are unable to pay by credit card, you will have to apply via paper application. See Applying offline for more details.

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