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As of October 2012, McGill’s formerly paper-based graduate application process has been replaced with a more convenient electronic version. For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents in the new version, please see: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare.

Please note that the Department only admits new students in the Fall term. Applications for the Winter or Summer terms are not accepted. It is important that you select the correct term when completing the application form. We will not be able to change the application term or refund your application fee if you enter the wrong term.

Deadlines for Receipt of Completed Applications

  • January 15, 2014

Applicants applying through the FACULTY OF LAW, please note  that the online system will show as closed as of December 15, 2013. If you intend to apply through the Faculty of Law, please email as soon as possible grad [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca with a copy to heike [dot] faerber [at] mcgill [dot] ca to obtain further information.

Admission to the Master's Specialization in Bioethics takes place in two stages.

  • First, the applicant is considered for graduate study by selecting one of the four base disciplines: the Faculty of Religious Studies, the Department of Philosophy, the Faculty of Law or the Faculty of Medicine (through the Division of Experimental Medicine or the Department of Human Genetics).
  • Second, the applicants recommended for admission to the Bioethics Master's Specialization are then considered by the Admissions Committee of the Bioethics Specialization, which makes the final selection. The Committee may call the applicants for an interview.

Application and Required Documents

Applicants must satisfy the normal conditions for acceptance for graduate study into the base Faculty or Department, and the applications themselves must conform to the application requirements of those Faculties or Departments.

All supplemental application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system. See www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/submitting-your-documents for information and instructions.

All applications must contain:

1. Online Application for Admission form: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/ready.

2. Application fee: Application fees and other charges are listed on the student accounts website

3. Transcripts: your complete record of study from each university-level institution you have attended to date. Uploaded copies will be considered as unofficial; final, official copies will be required once you are offered admission.

4. Personal Statement: a short statement (2-3 pages, typed double-spaced) explaining why you wish to study bioethics at McGill, any relevant background, education, experience or involvement in the field, and in addition, how this fits in with your interest in the base discipline in which you are applying.

5. Reference letters: on the application form you must provide the names and email addresses of three qualified individuals who are familiar with your  work. McGill will contact these referees and invite them to upload references on your behalf. Please note that although you can list public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo Mail on the application form, references uploaded from these addresses will not be accepted by the Department. Therefore you must list a valid institutional or corporate e-mail address for your referees.

6. A Sample of written work : 15-20 pages, typed, double-spaced.

7. Proof of Competency in oral and written  English: International students whose mother tongue is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction must pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 550 (213 on computer-based tests, Internet-Based Test (iBT): a minimum overall score of 86 with each component score not less than 20). The TOEFL Institution Code for McGill University is 0935.

In addition to this, for applicants for whom English is a mother tongue, the Department of Philosophy requires the results of the Graduate Record Examination.

7. Confirmation of Supervisor:  uApply may indicate confirmation of supervisor as one of the requirements.  This is not the case for the Bioethics options as you may chose or be assigned a supervisor after being admitted to the program.  Proceed with the online application and this requirement will be removed once you have submitted your application. 

All students must check with their base Faculty or Department to ensure that they complete their application in compliance with the requirements of that Faculty/Department, and to see whether their background qualifies them for admission into graduate studies in that Faculty/Department.

Potential students may also refer to the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Handbook http://www.cags.ca/pdf/CAGSHandbook05.pdf

Please check the current course calendar for an overview of the Bioethics Academic Unit http://coursecalendar.mcgill.ca/