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Minimum Grades | What is considered an "academic course"

Minimum grades accepted for admission last year (September 2017) and prerequisites by program - Canadian High Schools (Outside Quebec & Ontario)

  • Below are the lowest grades used for admission for September 2017.
  • Grades that are equal to or better than those listed below do not guarantee admission in 2018. 
  • Admission to McGill is competitive and subject to availability of space. As such, minimum grades may fluctuate up or down by as much as 5% in any given year.

Consult the Canadian high school admission requirements and deadlines for complete information on the admission review process (McGill Top 5 calculation) and application deadlines.

Faculty or School

Top 5 Minimum Grades (Sept. 2017)

Prerequisite Courses

Agricultural and Environmental Science (Macdonald Campus)

  • All B.Sc.(Ag.Env.Sc.) programs

  • 76% overall;
  • 76% in each math and science course in Top 5
  • Grade 12 English or French;

  • Grade 12 Math (or Calculus);

  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics

 

 

 

  • Bioresource Engineering (B.Eng.(Bioresource))

  • 75% overall;
  • 75% in each math and science course in Top 5
  • Food Science (B.Sc.(F.Sc.))

  • 76% overall;
  • 76% in each math and science course in Top 5
  • Concurrent B.Sc. (B.Sc.(F.Sc.)/B.Sc.(Nutr.Sc.))

  • 77% overall;
  • 77% in each math and science course in Top 5

Architecture (B.Sc. Arch.)*
 

  • 90% overall;
  • 85% in each math and science course in Top 5
  • Grade 12 English or French;

  • Grade 12 Math (or Calculus);

  • Grade 12 Physics

  • Grade 12 Chemistry

* Architecture applicants must submit a portfolio

Note: The decision to admit also takes into account the portfolio ranking. 

Arts (B.A.)

  • 86.5% overall;
  • 83% in each English or
    French course in Top 5
  • Grade 12 English or French

Arts and Science (B.A.&Sc.)

  • 92% overall;
  • 83% in each English or French
  • 86% in each math and science course in Top 5
  • Grade 12 English or French;
  • Grade 12 Math (or Calculus);
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Education (B.Ed.)

  • Kindergarten/Elementary Education*
  • 82% overall;
  • 80% in each English or
    French course in Top 5
  • Grade 12 English or French

* B.Ed applicants to Kindergarten/Elementary, Secondary, and TESL must submit a Letter of Intent

** TESL applicants must also pass a language test.

Note: The decision to admit takes into account the evaluation of the Letter of Intent.  

Note: Additional courses are recommended for applicants to B.Ed. Secondary Education domains in Mathematics and Science & Technology:

Mathematics:

  • Grade 12 English or French;
  • Grade 12 Math (or Calculus)

 

Science & Technology:

  • Grade 12 English or French;
  • Grade 12 Math (or Calculus);
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics

 

  • Physical Education
  • 83% overall;
  • 80% in each English or
    French 
    course in Top 5
  • Secondary Education*
  • 82% overall;
  • 80% in each English or
    French 
    course in Top 5
  • TESL**
  • 82% overall;
  • 80% in each English or
    French course in Top 5

Engineering (B.Eng.)

  • Bioengineering**
  • 95.5% overall;
  • 90% in each math and science course in Top 5
  • Grade 12 English or French;
  • Grade 12 Math (or Calculus);
  • Grade 12 Physics;
  • Grade 12 Chemistry

 

** Bioengineering: New program in 2017. Admission minima may fluctuate significantly in the first few years of a program. 

  • Chemical Engineering
  • 93.5% overall;
  • 86% in each math and science course in Top 5
  • Civil Engineering
  • 91.5% overall;
  • 86% in each math and science course in Top 5
  • Electrical, Computer & Software Engineering
  • 94% overall;
  • 87% in each math & sci. course in Top 5
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • 94% overall;
  • 86% in each math and science course in Top 5
  • Materials Engineering
  • 90% overall;
  • 85% in each math and science course in Top 5
  • Mining Engineering
  • 90% overall;
  • 85% in each math and science course in Top 5

Human Nutrition (B.Sc. Nutr.Sc)* (Macdonald Campus)

  • Nutrition
  • 79.5% overall;
  • 77% in each math and science course in Top 5

Grade 12 English or French;
Grade 12 Math (or Calculus);
Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics


Kinesiology (B.Sc. (Kinesiology))

  • 86% overall;
  • 83% in each math and science course in Top 5
  • Grade 12 English or French;
  • Grade 12 Math (or Calculus);
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Management (B.Com.)

  • 94.5% overall;
  • 85% in each English or French in Top 5
  • 85% in each math course in Top 5
  • Grade 12 English or French;
  • Grade 12 Math (or Calculus)

Music (B.Mus)

The Schulich School of Music has its own admission office. Please consult Music Admissions for more information.

Nursing (B.Sc.(N.))

  • 84% overall;
  • 82% in each math and science course in Top 5
  • Grade 12 English or French;
  • Grade 12 Math (or Calculus);
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Religious Studies (B.A; B.Th)

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
See Arts  
  • Bachelor of Theology (B.Th)
For information on admission requirements and applying, see Theology.  

Science (B.Sc.)

  • Biological, Biomedical and Life Sciences Group
  • 93% overall;
  • 86% in each math and science course in Top 5
  • Grade 12 English or French;
  • Grade 12 Math (or Calculus);
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics
  • Physical, Earth, Math and Computer Sciences Group
  • 91.5% overall; 
  • 86 % in each math and science course in Top 5
     
  • Bio-Physical-Computational Sciences Group
Minima not available (New Program Group)

September 2016 admission requirements for Canadian (excluding Ontario and Quebec) high school students

Please see the PDF icon Admission Standards for September 2016 - Canadian High School Students document to view the required minima for admission in September 2016.


September 2015 admission requirements for Canadian (excluding Ontario and Quebec) high school students

Please see the PDF icon Admission Standards for September 2015 - Canadian High School Students document to view the required minima for admission in September 2015.


What is considered an “academic" course?

Academic (considered for inclusion in the Top 5 average)

  • All Advanced Placement (AP) courses
  • All International Baccalaureate (IB) courses
  • Most first language English and French courses
  • All foreign language courses
  • Most mathematics courses
  • Most locally developed social science/social studies courses

Note: only one Fine Arts course can be included in the Top Five average, excluding AP and IB courses. Fine Arts courses include Drama, Music, and Visual Arts.

Non-academic (excluded from the Top 5 average)

  • All computer courses (except AP Computer Science and IB computer courses)
  • All English as a Second Language (ESL) courses
  • Most technical, professional, and applied courses
  • All career courses
  • All physical education and health courses
  • All work experience and co-op courses

Specific courses used by McGill in the calculation of the Top 5 average

NOTE: This list is not comprehensive as it does not include most locally developed courses. Where applicable, “Challenge” exams for academic and foreign language courses are recognized and can be included in the Top Five average.


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