How to apply
The Department of History and Classical Studies accepts applications between November 1 and January 15 and offers full-time programs only starting in September. Applications are not accepted at any other time of the year. Applications to MA programs in History or Classics will not be accepted after January 15.
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: http://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare.
Applicants are encouraged to contact potential supervisors to determine their availability ahead of time.
To apply for the MA or PhD program in Ancient History, please follow the application procedures on the Department of History website. For MA information, click here and for PhD information, click here.
- University Transcripts
- Letters of Recommendation
- Curriculum vitae
- Research Proposal
- Writing Sample
- Proficiency in English (if applicable)
University Transcripts: You must upload unofficial copies of transcripts for all courses at all universities attended. Include transcripts for courses taken at other universities that apply to your BA or MA degrees, even if the credits have been transferred. It is important for the department to see the titles of the courses and the grades given.
Please note that uploaded transcripts will be considered as unofficial. Once you are admitted you will be required to supply final, official transcripts before enrolling for courses.
Letters of Recommendation: Applicants are required to provide references from two instructors familiar with their work. McGill will request letters of recommendation on your behalf from referees you identify on the application form.
MA applicants who graduated with a BA several years ago (five years or more) may have some difficulty submitting letters of recommendation. If possible, it is a good idea to contact a professor who has given you a good grade in a history course. The letter could explain what would be required of a student to achieve this grade in the course. Although academic references are preferable, personal references (e.g., supervisor in the workplace) may be accepted with a letter of explanation. References for applicants who are recent graduates must be from academics.
Quebec law requires that, upon request and in certain circumstances, candidates be given access to letters of recommendation written on their behalf. You are requested to notify your proposed referees of this fact.
On the Classical Studies Application Checklist, indicate the two names of referees who have agreed to send references on your behalf. Please include names, position, university address, telephone number, and email address for each referee.
Curriculum vitae: Please submit a copy of your curriculum vitae, including the following information: modern languages known and level of competence; ancient languages known and level of competence. Honors, awards, distinctions: indicate if national, local or institutional and monetary value, if applicable.
Research Proposal: The MA program in Classics is thesis based. Applicants must submit a research proposal as a separate document, independent of the application form. Provide a non-technical summary of your proposed research (maximum one page) and indicate a proposed supervisor.
Writing Sample: Submit a good BA paper (graded copy), maximum 15-20 pages.
Proficiency in English: The language of instruction at McGill University is English. Students must write term papers, examinations and theses in English or in French. Non-Canadian applicants 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 are required to submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English prior to admission.
Test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 186 (Internet-based), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5 are required. Test scores must be less than 3 years old and received directly from the testing agency. You must indicate McGill University 's institution code: 0935.
Notification of Decision by the Graduate Committee: A letter will be sent to each applicant after final recommendations by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office (GPSO) are received in the department. The department attempts to make recommendations to GPSO on acceptance or rejection within six weeks of the application deadline. In cases where marks for courses or other work in progress are not available, the History Graduate Committee may make provisional recommendations for admission, pending receipt of these marks. Two final transcripts indicating "Degree Conferred" must be sent to the department as soon as it becomes available. Please provide a permanent address to which mail can be addressed at any time and be sure of reaching you. Please note that documents submitted with your application will not be returned.