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Admissions requirements

Admission to graduate programs at McGill is holistic, meaning that many factors are taken into consideration in the admission decision, including academic credentials and grades. The following outlines the minimum requirements for admission to graduate studies at McGill. These minimum requirements apply to both Canadian and international candidates. Please review the list carefully, as you must meet all of the minimum requirements in order to be considered for acceptance. Keep in mind that meeting the minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee your admission. Admission to graduate studies is highly competitive and also depends on the admissions requirements of the academic unit and the availability of resources such as supervision, funding, laboratory space, class size, etc.

Make sure your application is submitted before the application deadline as displayed on the information page of the program to which you are applying. Applications received after this date may not be reviewed for admission. Please remember – the application fee is non-refundable.

Minimum requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent as recognized by McGill University) in a subject closely related to the one selected for graduate work. If you have obtained your educational credentials at an institution outside of Canada, they will be assessed for equivalency with a McGill University degree. Please consult the International Degree Equivalency page for more information.
  • High academic achievement: The minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is 3.0 out of a possible 4.0, or a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.2 out of 4.0 in the last two years of full-time studies. In some departments, however, a higher CGPA is required for admission. Consult the program page for details.
  • Proficiency in English: The primary language of instruction at McGill is English. You may make arrangements to write papers, examinations or theses in French, except in cases where knowledge of the English language is one of the objectives of the course. Prior to admission, you may need to demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English. For more information, visit the English Language Proficiency page.

To read the complete graduate admission policies, please refer to our Programs, Courses and University Regulations guide.

Questions

If you have any admissions questions, please contact your program coordinator or email us for general inquires.