How to Apply


Application Deadline

Internal Application Deadline: March 1st for the Fall term.  

  • All applicants (Canadian/Permanent Residents and International) must submit all required documents in support of the application to the Department of Family Medicine no later than March 1st. **Please see How to Apply for more important information.
  • Admissions are preferable for the Fall semester.  On a case by case basis, we may accept students in the Winter term.  PLEASE NOTE: Do NOT apply for the winter term unless advised by the Graduate Programs Coordinator first!   

Admission Requirements

  • High academic achievement: A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.4 is required out of a possible maximum CGPA of 4.0 -or- a GPA of 3.6 is required in the last 2 years of full time studies.
  • Proof of competency in oral and written English: TOEFL: International students who have not received their instruction in English or whose mother tongue is not English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 567 (paper-based test) or 86, with each component score not less than 20 (internet-based test). The TOEFL institution code for McGill University is 0935. Alternatively, students may submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with a minimum overall band score of 6.5. Original score reports must be submitted (photocopies will not be accepted). For further information please refer to

For overseas graduates, an attempt is made to situate the applicant's academic grades among the standards of their Universities. Grades are, however, converted to their McGill equivalent. Conversion charts, as well as required admission documentation for each country, are provided by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office (GPSO) and prospective students should refer to these in order to determine if they are admissible to our program.

NOTE: Satisfaction of general requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission to graduate studies is limited and acceptance is on a competitive basis. Also note that all applications, which do not meet ALL minimum admission requirements, will be automatically rejected.

How to apply

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:

Deadline:All supporting documents must be received by March 1st. Admissions are preferable for the Fall semester. On a case by case basis, we may accept students in the Winter term.  PLEASE NOTE: Do NOT apply for the winter term unless advised by the Graduate Porgrams Coordinator first!

Supervisor: All students must be matched to a Supervisor to be admitted in our graduate programs and this matching will occur during the application process. When you apply, you will have an opportunity to be chosen for an interview and a writing assessment, if you meet our minimum admission requirements.  

Supporting Documents

  • Application Form and Fee:  All applicants must complete the Online Application. The application must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $110.29 which may be paid by credit card (Visa or Mastercard). Please ensure you apply for the MSc in Family Medicine or the ad hoc PhD in Family Medicine. 
  • Curriculum Vitae: Please upload the latest version of your resume, which should include a listing of previous research experience and publications, if applicable. All relevant research experience should be included in your CV since you are essentially applying for a research position in our department. 
  • Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a personal statement in which they 1) describe their background and reasons why they are applying to the desired program; 2) describe their research interests and with whom they would like to work with among the list of potential supervisors; 3) describe how they hope to contribute to the discipline of family medicine and how to impact family medicine practice; and 4) describe future plans upon graduation from the desired program. The statement should be no more than two (2) pages long.
  • Letters of Reference: Two (2) letters of reference must accompany any application to our program. These letters must be current (no more than 6 months old).  Letters must be on letterhead paper and are required to be uploaded to the admissions processing system. Applicants are strongly encouraged to request references from academic or other professional employers who can evaluate their potential for graduate studies and research, and who can attest to the applicant’s research skills.  Referees will also be asked to rank each applicant and to provide a size of the comparison group (i.e. out of 50 supervised students). 
Any applicant haven undertaken previous graduate studies (whether at McGill or elsewhere) should make sure that one of the letters of reference is from their prior graduate supervisor. Please note: On the application form applicants must provide the names and email addresses of referees. McGill will contact these referees and invite them to upload references on their behalf (along with the instructions on how to upload the documents). Neither of these reference letters should be from the proposed supervisor.
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit one (1) official copy of all transcripts for all post-secondary education undertaken (Quebec students need not submit CEGEP transcripts). The transcripts must present evidence of academic achievement: a Cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) of 3.4 out of a possible 4.0. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the McGill admissions processing system and an offical transcript must be sent at a later time when the letter of approval has been sent from Graduate Studies.

PLEASE NOTE: Official transcripts are not required for any studies conducted at McGill University (students may upload a MINERVA copy of their McGill transcript with their application).

  • Writing sample (for ad hoc PhD only):  Applicants to our ad hoc PhD program must upload a writing sample to review, preferably a thesis or a published article. 

All supplemental application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system (complete instructions:



You will be informed of your acceptance/non-acceptance within approximately 3 weeks from the date your file is complete. Your official acceptance/non acceptance letter will come from the 'Graduate and Postdoctoral Office' of McGill University.