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Academic Standing

Please see Academic Standing for the complete policy on standing

  • I was on  Unsatisfactory standing, how do I get re-admitted into Engineering?

Students whose most recent academic standing is unsatisfactory, and who wish to return to the Faculty of Engineering after an absence of one term or more, must apply for readmission on Minerva.

Application Procedures:

  • Select "Student Records" Menu
  • Select "Faculty Transfer and Readmission" Menu

All students that apply under the Readmission status must submit a summary of activities during their absence from the Faculty in the comment section of the application form. Please confirm your application submission by contacting susie [dot] vodopivec [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Student Affairs Office, Faculty of Engineering).

If you took any courses elsewhere during your absence from the Faculty of Engineering, you must submit a transcript of studies. A student copy is acceptable if it is followed by an official transcript sent directly from the Host University to the Student Affairs Office, Faculty of Engineering.

Application Deadline:
Fall Term:  May 1st
Winter Term: November 1st

Please note that decisions to be readmitted are made independently of financial information. If outstanding fees or fines are owed to the University, registration will not be permitted. Once all supporting documents are received, the applications will be processed using the following time line:
Files will be reviewed within 3-4 weeks of submission. You must check your McGill email regularly to ensure timely delivery of your decision letter.

  • I was in Unsatisfactory or Probationary standing. Can I take more than 13 credits?

Students who have been placed on Unsatisfactory Standing will be asked to withdraw from the Faculty of Engineering for a minimum of one term or permanently depending on your last letter of readmission. Courses for which the student is currently registered will be deleted automatically from the student's record by the Faculty.

After a minimum of one term away, the student can apply for readmission no later than November 1 (Winter term) and  May 1 (Fall term). Students whose most recent academic standing is currently unsatisfactory as indicated on Minerva, and who wish to return to the Faculty of Engineering after a compulsory absence of a minimum of one term, must apply for Readmission on Minerva,  Upon readmission, the student will be placed back on Probationary Standing. Students will remain on probationary standing until they achieve a CGPA greater than or equal to 2.00, at which time their standing will be changed to "satisfactory".

While on probation during that term and subsequent terms, the student must reduce his/her credit load to a maximum of 13 credits per term, and must meet or exceed a TGPA greater than or equal to 2.50 or a CGPA greater than or equal to 2.00. Students who fail to achieve the minimum CGPA and/or TGPA required will be required to permanently withdraw from the program with no chance of readmission. 

Admission

  • What kind of grades do I need to be accepted into the Faculty of Engineering?

There is no official cut-off mark for grades necessary for admission into the Faculty of Engineering. All applications are considered in their entirety.
See Applying

  • Where can I find information about attending an Open House Session?

INFORMATION KIOSKS: (Macdonald Engineering Building Lobby) Undergraduate students and staff who are eager to provide you with details of the programs, courses, student life, and extra curricular activities will be present at each kiosk. We encourage you to take this time to talk to students and to find out about life as a McGill engineering student!
STUDENT PROJECTS: Drop by and see several student projects including the Solar Car, Formula SAE Car, Concrete Toboggan, McGill Free Flight plane that have been designed and built by engineering students. Come out and learn about some of the recent competitive student races and how you too can become a member of the teams! See some of the recent work being carried out by students in the School of Architecture, speak to various members of our Engineering Undergraduate Society, and find out about some of the extra-curricular activities available to students in the Faculty.
TOURS: (Leaving from Macdonald Engineering Building Lobby) Tours will be conducted throughout the day to our Engineering departments and the School of Architecture. Please check with each Department Kiosk for the details and departure times. Sign up and get

See Open House

  • I am an international graduate student, where can I get information about applying for post-graduate studies in Engineering at McGill University?

All applications and admissions into graduate engineering programs are handled by the associated departments. For information about graduate degrees and programs please see the web sites of the individual departments and schools: All applications and admissions into graduate engineering programs are handled in the individual departments. For information about graduate degrees and programs please see the web sites of the individual departments and schools:

For more information about graduate studies at McGill University, you can also visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies web site: Graduate Studies Website

  • How can I apply for a scholarship?

A variety of scholarships are available to undergraduate students in the Faculty of Engineering. Entrance scholarships are awarded at the time of admission. Internal scholarships are awarded through the Student Affairs Office of the Faculty of Engineering while a student is registered in their engineering program. In Addition, there are many scholarships that are available through external agencies. Some, such as those awarded through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), will provide students with a salary during the summer term. Several scholarships are also available to licensed professional engineers who are seeking to further their education in a university environment.
Please explore the menu links of the following website to explore scholarship and financial aid opportunities: Scholarships

  • When is the deadline for applying to McGill University?

Since the deadlines and application requirements differ for different applicants, it would be best to consult the admissions website for further information: Applying

  • I have a Baccalaureate degree in another McGill Faculty. How do I apply for admission to undergraduate Engineering at McGill?

Alumni from other faculties must complete the same application procedure as any other applicant. You can fill out the online application via MINERVA. More information about applying can be found at Applying

    Advanced Credits

    • I am a student from outside of Quebec. How do I know which of my courses can be credited for first year courses at McGill University?

    You must attend the Transfer Credit Information Session to determine if you can receive exemptions from any of the first year courses. More information about this session can be found in the Welcome Booklet. 

    • How do I submit my AP scores?

    In most cases, advanced standing credit is calculated and assigned only after you have confirmed which program you will enter at McGill University and after official results of prior work have been received at McGill. University work must be supported by Calendar course descriptions. Enrolment Services will initiate the calculation of advanced standing credit following receipt of confirmation and payment of your required deposit. After registration, the Enrolment Services Office, Faculty or School may award further advanced standing credit.
    You have the option of declaring or not declaring results of Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations at the time of application. Accordingly, the admission decision may take AP results into consideration. In any event, AP Examination results with a score of 4 or 5 must be declared at the time of initial registration at the University. Each faculty's policy will determine whether advanced standing credit and/or exemption from certain courses will be granted on the basis of AP results. See AP Scores

    • What type of course descriptions do I need to submit?

    They must be detailed course descriptions that are found in the school’s official website or calendar. They must include the amount of contact hours (i.e. amount of lecture, tutorial, and laboratory hours per week). See Descriptions

    Advising

    • I need to see an advisor, what do I do?

    The first step is to go to your department and meet with your departmental advisor. If you still have questions after this meeting, you can come to the Student Affairs Office and make an appointment or come in for drop-in hours to meet with one of the advisors for any further questions. Advising

    Deferrals

    Please see Deferrals for information about deferrals.

    • What do I do if I need to defer an exam?

    If you have missed a Final Examination due to illness or family affliction, you must submit a request for a deferral to the Student Affairs Office along with the documentation listed below (requests will not be considered if any information is missing).

      • An original medical certification or other documentation.
      • A completed Deferral Request Form
      • A detailed letter justifying your request for a deferral.

    The medical certificate MUST cover the date of the missed exam, and the nature and duration of the illness. You MUST also attest that you have completed all coursework to date, which will be verified with the instructor(s). The Student Affairs Office MUST be informed of the reasons for absences from a final examination(s) no later than one week after the date of the final examination(s) that was missed.

    Your signature on the Deferral Request form will allow the Faculty to verify the authenticity of your medical certificate and the nature of your illness or any other documentation provided. If the form is not signed, it will result in an automatic failure. Deferrals are granted ONLY for compelling reasons. If your request for a deferral is denied by the Associate Dean, you will receive a "J" grade (absent) in the course. For the purpose of calculating GPA'S and CGPA'S, the grade of "J" is treated as an "F" (failed, 0%). You will be contacted regarding the approval of a deferral initially via email approximately two weeks after the end of the examination period. If you are granted a deferral, you will be given an "L" grade which will be replaced by a "J" should you miss the NEXT deferred or regular examination in the course, whichever occurs first.

    • What do I do if I become sick during the exam?
    • If you become ill during a formal Final Examination, you must inform the invigilator right away. If it is necessary, you will be escorted to Health Services. As stated above you MUST return to the Student Affairs Office with medical certification within one week of the exam. NOTE: If you complete the exam in a routine fashion, the grade received CANNOT be changed.
    • If I defer an exam, when do I take it again?
    • For Engineering courses, students granted a deferral MUST write the final exam the NEXT time it is offered. You should be aware that a deferred examination may not be available until the next time the course is given (one year).
      For Arts, Science, and Management courses, students MUST write the supplemental/deferral examination offered during either May (for Fall courses) or August (for Winter courses). ** Deferrals are not permitted for summer courses. You may be permitted to withdraw from a course without refund instead. For Continuing Education courses, students granted a deferral should contact the Centre for Continuing Education directly for more information.

    Exams

    • What do I do if I have a Final exam conflict?

    Please see the Exam Conflicts website.

    • What do I do if I have a religious conflict with a final exam?

    Once the Final Exam Schedule has been posted, you must complete a Final Exam Conflict Form and submit it to Service Point at 3415 McTavish Street.
    Deadline for submission of the form is 4 weeks before exams begin. Once approved, information about arrangements will be e-mailed to students shortly afterward.
    Students who request an accommodation may be asked to sign a confidentiality form confirming that they will not discuss the exam with anyone until after the regular exam has been written.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: For the Religious Conflict exam schedule, visit the Schedules web page: Schedule

    • How do I write a supplemental Exam?

    Please see Supplemental Exams.

    Courses administered by the Faculty of Engineering do not have supplemental examinations; however, engineering students may be eligible to write supplemental examination in courses administered by the Faculty of Arts & Science (typically Humanities & Social Science courses and freshman courses).
    The following conditions apply when applying to write a supplemental examination:

      • Students must be in satisfactory or probationary standing;
      • Students are permitted to write a supplemental for courses which they’ve received a mark of D, F, J or U;
      • Special permission is required if students wish to write supplemental exams totaling more than seven (7) credits, from the Student Affairs Office
      • Only one supplemental examination is allowed in a course;
      • The supplemental result may or may not include the same proportion of class work as did the original grade. Students are instructed to verify with the instructor;
      • The supplemental result will not erase the grade originally obtained; both the original mark and the supplemental result will be calculated in the CGPA;
      • Additional credit will not be given for a supplemental exam where the original grade for the course was a D and the student already received credit for the course.
      • There is a $35.00 non-refundable fee per each supplemental exam, which is charged directly to the student’s McGill student account.
      • The supplemental examination period for fall courses is during the months of April and May, and for winter and span (two-term) courses during the last week of August. Supplemental applications are available through Minerva.
    • Is it possible to have an instructor reread my final exam?

    Please see Rereads

    In accordance with the Charter of Student Rights, and subject to the conditions stated therein, students have the right to consult any written submission for which they have received a mark and the right to discuss this submission with the examiner. If, after discussion with the instructor, a student requests a formal reread of a final exam, they must apply in writing by completing a Reread form and submitting it to the Student Affairs Office.
    The following conditions apply:

      • Requests for rereads in more than one course per term will not be permitted unless permission is given by the Faculty of Engineering.
      • Grades may be either raised or lowered as a result of a reread.
      • Rereads in courses not in the Faculty of Engineering are subject to the deadlines, rules and regulations of the relevant faculty
      • Any request to have term work re-evaluated must be made directly to the instructor concerned.
      • The deadlines to make an application for a formal reread of a final exam are the last days of March, July and November for fall, winter and summer courses, respectively. A $35 fee for each reread will be assessed directly to the student's McGill account if the result of the reread is an unchanged or lowered grade. If the grade is increased, no charge is made.
    • What happens if I missed a midterm?

    Please see Midterms.
    All arrangements regarding midterms must be coordinated between the student and course instructor. The Student Affairs Office is not involved in issues dealing with midterms. A

    • What is the faculty standard calculator?

    Please see Calculators.

    All students must have one of the following types of calculators, and no exceptions will be permitted: CASIO fx-115, CASIO fx-991, CASIO fx-570ms SHARP EL-520, or the SHARP EL-546.

    1. The Faculty Standard Calculators CASIO fx-115, CASIO fx-991, CASIO fx-570ms, SHARP EL-520, or SHARP EL-546, will be required for some examinations. Under these circumstances, no other calculators will be permitted, regardless of their level of sophistication. NON-REGULATION CALCULATORS WILL BE REMOVED AND NO REPLACEMENT CALCULATOR WILL BE PROVIDED.
    2. The use of calculators during examinations is at the discretion of the instructor. Please check with your instructor if you are unsure about the specific calculator requirements for your course.
    3. Unless explicitly stated on the examination paper, calculator programs prepared prior to the examination are not permitted. Students using continuous memory calculators are responsible for erasing any stored programs or information prior to examinations.
    4. Covers on calculators must be removed or the invigilator will remove it for you.

    Exchanges

    • How do I apply to go on exchange?

    You must complete the McGill University Bilateral/CREPUQ Exchange Application Form and request Faculty approval to participate in an exchange program. The Faculty of Engineering requires a complete application form including all required documents before granting approval. You must submit your completed application form 5 working days prior to the Faculty approval deadline. See Exchange

    • Are there any scholarship opportunities for going on Exchange?

    The Antje Graupe Pryor Awards were established in 1999 by a generous gift from the Werner Graupe and the Antje Graupe Pryor Foundation. They are awarded by the Faculty of Engineering Scholarships Committee to 2nd or 3rd-year Engineering students from a German or French university who wish to study in the Faculty of Engineering at McGill for one or two semesters. Preference is given to students from German universities, particularly Technische Universität Berlin. Students in Chemical and Civil Engineering are not eligible. Value: $7,500 for one semester; renewable for a second semester. See Exchange

    • I am an incoming exchange student, what do I do ?

    There is a Compulsory Advising session. This advising session will explain the procedures you will need to follow to register for courses at McGill. Please note that Exchange, Visiting, and Special students will not be able to register for most courses until they attend the compulsory advising session. Many courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering will require McGill prerequisites. Therefore, you must obtain a signature approval from each individual professor for all courses which require a prerequisite. Use the Course Authorization Form provided during the compulsory advising session to do so. Once approval has been granted, return the form to the McGill Engineering Student Centre, and the Student Affairs Office will manually register you. See Exchange

    Iron Ring

    • Who is in charge of the Iron Ring Ceremony?
      • The Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS) is responsible for all matters relating to the Iron Ring. They can be contacted at (514) 398-4396 or you can visit the EUS website.
    • Where do I get a replacement Iron Ring?
      • You can obtain a replacement Iron Ring from the Engineering Undergraduate Society. They can be contacted at (514) 398-4396 or you can visit the EUS website.

    Minors

    Please consult the Undergraduate Calendar or the Engineering website at Minors for a complete list of the minors that are available to you.

    • How can I apply to add a minor?
      • Complete a Course Authorization form indicating which minor you wish to add, have it signed by your departmental advisor, and submit the form to the McGill Engineering Student Centre for processing.
    • When is the deadline to apply for a minor?
      • There is no deadline as long as you apply for the minor before you complete your degree.

    Registration

    • I am having trouble registering for a course. MINERVA gives me one of the following error messages:

    Prerequisite/Test-Score Error: Make sure that you have fulfilled all prerequisites and co-requisites. If you have already taken a course that is equivalent to the prerequisite/co-requisite, if you have an “L” in the prerequisite course (a deferral), or if you want to request a prerequisite override, please complete a Course Authorization Form and return it to the McGill Engineering Student centre after your departmental adviser has signed it.
    Faculty/Major Restriction: Make sure this course is open for students in your faculty and department. If it isn’t, but you believe that it should be or you would like an override, you must complete a Course Authorization form and submit it to the McGill Engineering Student Centre after your departmental adviser has signed it.
    Departmental/Instructor Approval Required: Please fill out a Course Authorization Form and obtain signatures from the course instructor and your department, and submit it to the McGill Engineering Student Centre for processing.
    Course is Full: As students continuously add and drop courses until the end of this period, we cannot process any Maximum Enrollment overrides until the Add/Drop period is almost over. Continue trying to register for this course until the end of the Add/Drop period nears. If you still have not been able to register, and if you need to take this course during this semester, please submit a Course Authorization form, signed by your departmental advisor, to the McGill Engineering Student Centre.
    Temporarily Closed: Check again later as there are currently adjustments being made to the course.
    SR: Your student status prohibits registration at this point. Verify that you have an active record, that you have no holds preventing you from registration, and that your academic standing will allow you to register for the intended number of credits. If you are still experiencing difficulties, please go to the Student Affairs Office. See Courses and Registration

    • When is the add/drop deadline?

    Summer: 4th day of class
    Fall: Calendar
    Winter: Calendar

    • When is the Withdrawal deadline?

    Summer:8th day of class
    Fall: Calendar
    Winter: Calendar

    • How can I register for a graduate level course (600 or above)?

    In order for an undergraduate student to register for a graduate level course, a request must be submitted to the Faculty of Engineering and forwarded to the Director, Graduate Studies for approval. The student must have a minimum CGPA of 3.2 or equivalent and receive both Departmental and Faculty permission. Students are allowed to take one course only and it will not count toward a graduate degree or diploma in the future. The student must provide a reason why the course is to be taken at this time. An approval form is available at the Student Affairs Office.
    See Graduate Registration

    • How can I have a course marked under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option?

    Unsatisfactory/Satisfactory Option may be used for COMPLEMENTARY STUDIES COURSES ONLY. Students MUST code courses under the S/U OPTION at the time of registration on MINERVA. The option will NOT be added or dropped manually to a student's record after the Drop/Add deadline. Choosing this option is done on Minerva as part of the course add/drop menu by changing the course grade mode.
    See SU Option

    • How can I have a course marked as “Extra”?

    • Courses a student chooses to take which lie outside their program may be classified as "extra" - provided the student chooses this option at registration. Extra courses are indicated on the student's transcript, and grades earned in those courses do not affect the GPA. The option will not be added to a student's record after the Add/Drop deadline. Courses that are taken to satisfy the student's engineering program or a Minor cannot be designated as extra.
    To designate a course as “Extra”, please complete a Course Authorization Form, have it signed by your departmental adviser and submit the form to the Student Affairs Office for processing.
    See Extra

    Transcripts

    • How do I request a transcript?

    Log on to MINERVA:
    1. Select the Student Menu.
    2. Select the Student Records Menu.
    3. Select Request Printed/Official Transcript.
    4. Read through the options on the "Select a Mailing Address" screen to complete your request. (You must click on the "Submit" button to receive your transcripts.) Please see Transcripts for more information.

    • How do I receive a transcript?

    You can request printed transcripts to be picked up at the Enrollment Services Office or be mailed to you or another recipient. Please see Transcripts for more information.

    • Why are my grades from exchange not posted on my MINERVA Transcript?

    The course you took will appear as the McGill equivalent in terms of credits, but the actual grades will not appear and will not be calculated in your GPA. Grades received at another university will never appear on your McGill transcript. Please see Exchange for more information.

    • My unofficial transcript says that I have a “Freshman Courses Incomplete” Hold. What is that?

    You have not yet completed the core freshman courses for the faculty. The missing requirements do not prevent registration but, if not resolved, will prevent graduation from that faculty. If you believe you did complete the freshman requirements, please come to the Student Affairs Office to resolve the hold. Please see Courses and Registration for more information.

    Transfer Credits

    • Can any of the courses I took at another university be credited towards my McGill degree?

    It is a possible that you will receive credits from another accredited university towards your McGill degree. However, this would only be explored once you are accepted to McGill and you accept your offer of admission. See Transfer Credits

    • How do I get my credits for courses from another University credited to my McGill degree?

    You must fill out an "Advanced Credit Transfer Form," include the official descriptions of the courses you took outside McGill, and arrange to have an official transcript sent to our office. Students may be granted credit for courses passed with a grade of C or better at other universities, as long as they are within the number of credits imposed by McGill's residency requirements and program requirements in some faculties. In general, a maximum of 30 transfer credits may be granted. Students must be in satisfactory standing in order to be granted the transfer credits. Courses with grades of C-, P, and S will not be considered for transfer credits. The letter grades applied by the host institution take precedence over the numerical grades if both are provided. Students should note that a minimum of 60 credits must be completed at McGill in order to qualify for a McGill degree.
    Students must obtain approval from their Student Affairs Office. In some faculties approval must be obtained from the Student Affairs Office as well as the academic adviser prior to taking the course, especially if the course is taken as part of a student's program requirements.
    Grades earned at the host university for transfer courses are not entered on the student's McGill transcript and are not included in the calculation of the TGPA or CGPA. For universities outside of Quebec, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that an official transcript is sent from the host institution to the Senior Adviser, Student Affairs Office. Students studying at another Quebec university on an Inter-University Transfer Agreement (IUT) will have their grade(s) sent to McGill University automatically by the host university. For additional information, please refer to Quebec Inter-University Transfer Agreement (IUT). Transcripts not received by the appropriate date will be considered for the next graduation period only.
    Deadline Dates: Newly admitted students: must request the transfer of credits (and grades) within their first term of admission. Transfer credits should be reported by the student/department by November 15th. Returning students: Transfer credits should be reported by the student/department by November 15th.
    See Transfer Credits

    • How many credits can be transferred from one university to McGill University?

    The Faculty of Engineering will limit the number of transfer credits granted to ensure that students complete a minimum of 60 credits of program-related courses at McGill University, excluding those taken to satisfy the basic science requirements listed under section 8.3.1.2 "Basic Science Requirements for Students Entering from Outside Quebec". See Transfer Credits

      Transfers

      • How can I transfer from one Engineering department to another?

      Please see Intra Transfer for complete information. All transfer applications must be submitted online through MINERVA.
      Application Procedures:

      • Sign-in on MINERVA and select:
        - "Student Records" Menu
        - "Faculty Transfer and Readmission" Menu
      • Additional information in support of the application must be detailed in the Comments section (please indicate further information in this section of the application).
      • Only two programs (e.g. Mechanical, Electrical; Civil, Biology) are permitted on each application.


      Application Deadline:
      Fall Term: June 1st
      Winter Term: November 1st

      All applications will be reviewed by the Faculty of Engineering by the following dates:
      Fall Term: June 15
      Winter Term: November 15
      Until a letter of admission has been received, students are requested to remain registered in their current program.

      • How can I transfer from one Faculty to another?

      Please see Inter Transfer for complete information. All transfer applications must be submitted online through MINERVA.
      Application Procedures:

      • Sign-in on MINERVA and select:
        - "Student Records" Menu
        - "Faculty Transfer and Readmission" Menu
      • Additional information in support of the application must be detailed in the Comments section (please indicate further information in this section of the application).
      • Only two programs (e.g. Mechanical, Electrical; Civil, Biology) are permitted on each application.
      • Students are asked to confirm their application submission by contacting susie [dot] vodopivec [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Student Affairs Office, Faculty of Engineering).

      Students admitted PRIOR to September 2004, whether currently or previously registered, must submit the following:

      • official CEGEP transcript - if attended
      • official high school transcript - if CEGEP not attended
      • official advanced standing results (AP's, AL's, IB's) if applicable
      • official transcripts from any other university attended, including Summer session courses
      • Students admitted for the first time in September 2004 are not required to submit official documents.

      Application Deadline:
      Fall Term: June 1st
      Winter Term: November 1st
       

      All applications will be reviewed by the Faculty of Engineering by the following dates:
      Fall Term: June 15
      Winter Term: November 15

      Until a letter of admission has been received, we ask students to remain registered in their current program.