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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 system, please see:  http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare

 

APPLY HERE, uApply.

 

Application Deadlines

Candidates must submit a complete application on uApply by the application deadline date to be considered for admission. It is the applicant's responsability to ensure their application file is complete and all supporting documents are uploaded on the uApply system by the deadline date. The department does not guarantee that applications completed after the indicated date will be considered for review. 

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. A change of the application term or a refund of the application fee cannot be requested if you enter the wrong term.

Note: Official documents submitted to McGill University when an admission offer has been extended, including, but not limited to transcripts, diplomas, test scores, etc., become the property of McGill University and will not be returned to the applicant/student or forwarded to another institution under any circumstance.

 


 

Supporting documents

  • University transcripts
  • Letters of reference
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • English Proficiency and GRE
  • Application fee

 Other information

  • Entrance requirements
  • Admission policy
  • International Students
  • Housing

All supplemental application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system. See http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/ready/minerva/submit for information and instructions on how to upload documents. Hard copies of these documents should not be mailed to the admission office; all supporting documents will be uploaded on the uApply system.

Application fee

A non-refundable application fee of $102.60 in Canadian funds is required. Applicants must apply online and pay by credit card.

 

Transcripts of all university degrees and degree certificates

  • A copy of all university degrees completed and in progress must be uploaded. Uploaded copies will be considered unofficial. Final and official copies of transcript will only be required once an offer of admission is extended.
  • If the transcript does not indicate that a degree has been conferred, a copy of the degree certificate (diploma) is also required.
  • Transcripts in languages other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by the institution issuing the transcript or by a certified translator.
  • It is desirable to submit a list of the titles of courses taken in the major subjects, as some transcripts often give code numbers only.
  • An explanation of the grading scale of the institutions is also required.

NOTE: Students graduating or who have graduated from McGill University need not submit transcripts.

Letters of reference

The name, coordinates and email addres of at least two referees who are familiar with your academic work must be provided on the online application. McGill will contact these referees and invite them to upload reference letters on your behalf. You will be notified if a referee declines to submit a reference letter, and you will have to provide coordinates of a new referee. This section on the uApply system is entirely managed by the applicant and you can modify or relpace the referees information.

Curriculum Vitae

Please provide a current resume listing previous research, work experience, publications, and other pertinent information. 

Personal statement

In one or two pages, briefly describe your background, your past work, your qualifications, your expectations and career plan for applying to graduate studies in biotechnology at McGill. 

NOTE: The personal statement is not required for the Certificate program.

English Proficiency and GRE

All applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from a Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), who did not complete an undergraduate or graduate degree at a foreign institution where English was the language of instruction, are required to submit proof of competency in oral and written English.

Please consult the following link to learn more about the policy and exemptions. The original score report must be submitted by the agency directly to McGill University.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum acceptable scores are: iBT 90 overall with a minimum of 20 points in each four sections (internet based test); PBT 577 (paper based test).
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 6.5 or greater (Academic module)
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): a mark of 85% or higher
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): a grade of “B” (Good) or higher
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of “C” (Pass) or higher
  • Edexcel London Test of English – Level 4 – with an overall grade of at least “Merit Pass”
  • Edexcel London Test of English – Level 5 – with an overall grade of at least “Pass”
  • McGill Certificate of Proficiency in English or McGill Certificate of Proficiency – English for Professional Communication: Certificate of Proficiency awarded.

In each case, you must ensure that the official test results are sent electronically to McGill (Institution Code: 0935) by the testing service.

Note that test scores older than two years old will not be accepted by McGill University.

GRE scores
GRE score is not required for admission but can still be submitted at the discretion of the applicant.


Other information

Entrance requirements

  • Master's Applied
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Prerequisites

 

Master's Applied

  • You must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences or closely related fields.
  • A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.2 out of 4.0 or its equivalent. For certain international institutions this is equivalent to a First Class  Division overall standing. International degree equivalency required by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office for certain countries is available at the following link.
  • Advanced knowledge in biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology prior to applying to the program is necessary. It is strongly suggested to enclose information on these specific requirements (e.g. course outlines or descriptions) so the background can be properly assessed.
    NOTE: Knowledge in molecular biology must be recent, not more than around five years old.

Certificate

  • You must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences or closely related fields.
  • A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 or 3.2 over 4.0 over the last two full years or its equivalent. For certain international institutions this is equivalent to a Second Upper Class Division overall standing. A list of countries with degree equivalency is available at the following link.
  • Introductory courses in biochemistry and cellular biology, and advanced courses in molecular biology is required prior to applying to the program. It is strongly suggested to enclose information on these specific requirements (e.g. course outlines or descriptions) so the background can be properly assessed.

Prerequisites

Students are required to have sufficient background in the fields of Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology to be admitted in both the Certificate and the Master's (Applied) programs. The following prerequisite courses or their equivalent must have been completed prior to application.

  • Master's Applied
    Biochemistry
    Advanced knowledge in biochemistry of macromolecules covering proteins and nucleic acids biochemistry, carbohydrate, lipid, enzymology, bioenergetics and intermediary metabolism. Introductory course will not be sufficient.
    Equivalent course at McGill: BIOC 312 - Biochemistry of Macromolecules .

    Molecular/Cellular biology
    Sufficient background in Cellular Biology and advanced knowledge in Molecular Biology covering the structure of cells and cell organelles; organization and replication of DNA and regulation of cell division; transcription, protein synthesis and transport of proteins within the cell. An introductory course in molecular biology will not be sufficient.
    Equivalent courses at McGill: BIOL 300 - Molecular Biology of the Gene ; or ANSC 400 - Eukaryotic Cells and Viruses .

    Other Biology courses
    More advanced level courses in molecular/cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology or pharmacology would be an advantage.
  • Certificate
    Biochemistry
    Introductory biochemistry covering carbohydrate, lipid, proteins and nucleic acids; enzymes, co-enzymes and enzyme kinetics; bioenergetics, intermediary metabolism, glycolysis, Kerb's cycle and electron transport.
    Equivalent course at McGill: LSCI 211 - Biochemistry 1 .

    Molecular/Cellular Biology:
    Sufficient background in Cellular and advanced knowledge in Molecular Biology covering the structure of cells and cell organelles; organization and replication of DNA and regulation of cell division; trnscripttion, protein syntehsis and trsnport of proteins within the cell. An introductory course in molecular biology will not be considered sufficient.
    Equivalent courses at McGill: BIOL 300 - Molecular Biology of the Gene or ANSC 400 - Eukaryotic Cells and Viruses .

    Other Biology courses
    More advanced level courses in molecular/cellular biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology or pharmacology would be an advantage.

Admission Policy

Only complete applications with all supporting documents received by the application deadline date will be reviewed by the Departmental Admissions Committee. Review of applications completed after the deadline date is at the discretion of the department. Since these programs have limited enrolment and entrance is competitive, submission of an early application is always a good choice. It is the responsability of the applicant to ensure that all supporting documents have been uploaded on the system by the deadline date. Applicants can check on uApply the status of their application and verify that all supporting documents have been received. The department only recommends admission of a student to Enrolment Services - Graduate Studies Admissions, the final decision is issued by Enrolment Services. The official letter of admission from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is posted on the uApply system once and offer has been extended. Applicants can check the status of their file online on the uApply system throughout the entire review process.


International Students

A good start for international students is the Pre-arrival section of the International Student Services (ISS), and the webinars offered. ISS also offers very usefull information to internationals whether they are prospective or current students. International students must obtain specific authorization to immigrate to Canada/Quebec to undertake their graduate study program. Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will provide immigration information details in the official notification of acceptance. Please note that ALL international students, whether or not they plan on completing the program in one semester (for the Certificate program), must apply for a student visa. Non-Canadians must obtain permission to study from the governments of Quebec and Canada. Immigration Quebec issues the Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec (CAQ), and Citizenship and Immigration Canada issues the Study Permit. You may also wish to contact International Student Services for assistance.

Depending on what part of the world you are from, it may take up to eight months to complete the immigration/visa process. Therefore, an application should be started as soon as you recieve the official letter of admission by McGill. McGill does not issue any immigration documents. Immigration Quebec and Canda will want to know the following:

1. That you have a valid status in your own country - valid passport;

2. That you have met the conditions of admission to the university - the official letter of admission by McGill;

3. How your academic and living expenses will be covered in Canada - details on funding sources, amounts of money required and for what period of time.


Housing

Students needing living accommodation on either campuses, should contact the Residence and Housing Services. Both campuses offer affordable and comfortable residences. McGill also offers an off-campus housing services for students who prefer private accommodations.