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Programs | Application Procedures and Deadlines

Nursing

Location

  • Ingram School of Nursing
  • Wilson Hall
  • 3506 University Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 2A7
  • Canada

About Nursing

The Ingram School of Nursing is a professional School within the Faculty of Medicine that has been educating nurses since 1920. On September 10, 2012 the School was formally renamed the Ingram School of Nursing in recognition of Richard and Satoko Ingram and their exceptional support for Nursing at McGill. The School is internationally recognized for its distinctive vision, leadership in nursing, and the quality of its programs. McGill nursing graduates have earned a reputation as outstanding clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in the discipline.

Over the years, the faculty of the School at McGill has worked to formulate a philosophy about the responsibilities and practice of nursing. This philosophy, known as the McGill Model of Nursing, directs the curricula at the School and emphasizes health, the family, learning and development, collaboration with clients, and working with the resources of individuals, families, and communities. Its intent is to actively promote health and well-being in people of all ages and across all situations. The McGill Model of Nursing is also central to the McGill University Health Centre's Department of Nursing.

At the graduate level, the Ingram School of Nursing offers tailored programs in advanced nursing practice that prepare our students to be leaders in their field. The learning experience at the School is geared to foster individual judgment, creativity, and initiative. Led by nationally recognized researchers, students will participate in cutting-edge programs of research related to nursing practice, education, and administration. McGill's Ingram School of Nursing is for you if you want to contribute to the knowledge base of advanced nursing practice and want to be involved actively in changing how healthcare is delivered locally, nationally, and internationally.

The School is located in Wilson Hall, which houses classrooms, computer facilities, faculty offices, and lounges. A recently renovated Nursing Learning Laboratory, located at University Hall Residence, has seven clinical beds, an ICU bed, two examination tables, and AV capacity for distance education. Students registered in the School also take courses in other faculties within the University. Selected experience in nursing is provided in the McGill University Health Centre, other McGill-affiliated hospitals, and in a wide variety of health agencies in Montreal.

For information on undergraduate Nursing programs, please consult the Health Sciences Calendar available at www.mcgill.ca/study.

M.Sc.A. Program and Concentrations

Historically, students entering the master's program selected "areas of study." The clinical stream prepared students for clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner roles in selected areas. The adjunct area was available for students who wished to plan an individual program of study in such areas as nursing administration, education, or global health. These have since been replaced by formal concentrations, which are listed in the table below.

Graduate Certificates and Diplomas

Nurse applicants with a Master's degree in Nursing and with the required clinical experience are prepared for nurse practitioner roles through our Certificate and/or Diploma programs. These programs offer our students the necessary biomedical skills and knowledge in either Neonatology or Primary Care to prepare them for the last step to their career, which is the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec) nurse practitioner licensing exam.

Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. program is designed to prepare nurses to contribute to the development of knowledge in the discipline through research and academia. Faculty members are active researchers in many areas, including telehealth, pediatric ethics, family health, psychosocial oncology, palliative care, pain, and chronic illness.

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Clinical Nurse Specialist (49 credits)
This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students for full-time (two-year program of study) or part-time studies (three to five years of study). The core content of the CNS concentration prepares students for advanced practice nursing roles in diverse settings and with diverse populations. Content is organized based on the McGill Model of Nursing and focuses on such areas as family intervention, collaborative practice, and working with family strengths and resources. Through clinical courses, students engage in advanced clinical assessments and interventions, and develop greater capacities to reflect purposefully and in-depth on their nursing practice. Research methods, systematic study of clinically-based nursing problems, and dissemination of knowledge relevant to clinical practice are all developed within this program of study.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Direct Entry Nursing (55 credits)
The Direct Entry Nursing concentration remains the only one of its kind in Canada. Students will complete 96 credits over three years, which include 41 credits in the Qualifying Year. This program is tailored to the university graduate with a general Arts or Science degree and no previous preparation in nursing. Candidates complete entry-to-practice preparation in nursing while also completing graduate level studies. Upon completion of the M.Sc.A. Year 2, graduates are eligible to write the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers) licensing exam. This program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Global Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (51 credits)
This Global Health Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students who wish to include global health content throughout their program of study. It sets out to prepare students for the challenges of working with diverse populations in limited-resource environments with a philosophy stressing the importance of understanding the inherent power dynamics, equity issues, and ethical dilemmas that arise through this work. Students spend one semester in their final year taking clinical- and project-based courses in a global health placement setting.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Global Health Direct Entry (58 credits)
The Global Health Direct Entry concentration is thus labelled for bachelor-prepared non-nurse students who wish to include global health content throughout their program of study. It sets out to prepare students for the challenges of working with diverse populations in limited-resource environments, based on the belief that we have much to learn from one another. Students spend one semester taking clinical- and project-based courses in their final year in a global health placement site. This concentration is managed by the Global Health Committee of the Ingram School of Nursing.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (45 credits)
This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students. It prepares students for the multifaceted role of nurse practitioner in intermediate, acute, and critical care in neonatology. The nurse practitioner will acquire the necessary knowledge and understanding required to practice in a collaborative way in providing services designed to deal with the healthcare needs and problems of neonates and their families in a variety of settings. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply to the Graduate Diploma, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program, which is the last step before the relevant licensing exam of the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec).
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Nursing Education (49 credits)
This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students. It was developed to expose graduate-level nurses to instructional and learning theory, to better equip them to lead the movement towards more innovative and effective pedagogical approaches in training nurses working in healthcare establishments or nursing students in academic settings.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Nursing Services Administration (49 credits)
This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students. Students in this concentration develop their capacity to assess the factors that affect and determine the nursing workforce. This will enable them to make strategic and effective decisions, and influence policy with regard to the planning and management of the nursing workforce.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (45 credits)
This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students. It was developed to train graduate-level nurses to take on this advanced practice role. Primary Care Nurse Practitioners assume responsibility for tasks related to physical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment within legally sanctioned, pre-determined conditions that have traditionally been exclusive to medical practice. This concentration focuses on a wide range of acute and chronic health concerns across the life span. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply to the Graduate Diploma, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program, which is the last step before the relevant licensing exam of the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec).
Graduate Certificate; Theory in Neonatology (15 credits)
This graduate certificate prepares students with completed graduate studies, comparable to the McGill Master of Science (Applied) Nursing program, and experience in neonatology to continue their studies in the Graduate Diploma in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. The program of study focuses on the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences in the context of the nurse practitioner role. The Graduate Certificate Theory in Neonatology and the Graduate Diploma in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner cannot be taken concurrently.
Graduate Certificate; Theory in Primary Care (15 credits)
This graduate certificate prepares students with completed graduate studies, comparable to the McGill Master of Science (Applied) Nursing program, and experience in primary care to continue their studies in the Graduate Diploma Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The program of study focuses on the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences in the context of the nurse practitioner role. The Graduate Certificate Theory in Primary Care and the Graduate Diploma in Primary Care Nurse Practitioner cannot be taken concurrently.
Graduate Diploma in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (30 credits)
This diploma is the final step in the student's preparation to assume the new role as nurse practitioner. Students with completed graduate studies in the discipline and experience in neonatology now combine the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences to the application of this knowledge in context. Upon successful completion of the diploma program, candidates are eligible to write the nurse practitioner licensing exam.
Graduate Diploma in Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (30 credits)
This diploma is the final step in the student's preparation to assume the new role as nurse practitioner. Students with completed graduate studies in the discipline and experience in primary care now combine the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences to the application of this knowledge in context. Upon successful completion of the diploma program, candidates are eligible to write the nurse practitioner licensing exam.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Nursing
The Ingram School of Nursing of McGill University and the Faculté des sciences infirmières of the Université de Montréal offer a joint doctorate program leading to a Ph.D. in Nursing. This program is offered in English at McGill. The program is designed to train nurse scientists who will make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the discipline of nursing and assume a leadership role both in the profession and in the health care system.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Nursing — Psychosocial Oncology
A cross-disciplinary option in Psychosocial Oncology (PSOO) is offered in collaboration with the Departments of Oncology and Psychology and the Schools of Nursing and Social Work. This option is open to doctoral students in the Ingram School of Nursing and in the Department of Psychology who are interested in broadening their knowledge of psychosocial issues in oncology.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Nursing Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

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. Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Office. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available. TOEFL exam requirements: a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 with each component score no less than 20 (Internet-based). IELTS exam requirements: a minimum overall score of 7.5 is required.

For information about the Language Policy at McGill University, please refer to Language Policy in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies University Regulations and Resources available at www.mcgill.ca/study.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) general test results may be required in individual circumstances.

Students who have not completed their studies in North America may be asked to arrange for an interview as part of the application process.

Master's, Graduate Certificate, and Graduate Diploma Programs

Nurse applicants to the master’s program may complete their studies on a part-time basis (with the exception of those in the Nurse Practitioner areas of study where only the first year may be taken part-time), i.e., minimum of 3 credits per term to a maximum of five years. Applicants to the Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas should consult with their advisor concerning course load.

All nurse applicants are expected to hold current registration in the province or country from which they come. Nurses who are not licensed in Quebec must be registered (immatriculé(e)) with the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec upon the start of their graduate studies. Nurse applicants to the Nurse Practitioner areas of study must hold current and full licensure with the OIIQ.

International nurse applicants are required to have had experience as nurses in their country of origin and in North America.

B.A./B.Sc. Applicants to the Master's Program (Direct Entry – DE)

Applicants holding a general B.A. or B.Sc., including a number of prerequisite courses, may be admitted to a Qualifying year. A minimum CGPA (cumulative grade point average) of 3.0 (3.2 is strongly preferred) on a scale of 4.0 is required in order to be considered for entry. Upon successful completion of the Qualifying year, candidates apply to the master’s program.

Direct-Entry applicants must complete their Qualifying year and the master’s program of study on a full-time basis, i.e., a total of three years. The School considers admissions to this program for the Fall term only.

Note: For further information about the required courses in the Qualifying year of the Direct-Entry program, please see the Nursing website at www.mcgill.ca/nursing/programs/msca-direct-entry.

Nurse Applicants (Nurse Bachelor's Entry – NBE) to the Master's Program

Applicants for the master's degree must have completed a bachelor's degree in nursing with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. This preparation must be comparable to that offered in the bachelor's in nursing programs at McGill, which is a minimum of 66 university credits including 12 credits in the biological sciences. Applicants must also have completed an Introductory Statistics course (3 credits) prior to entry. Prospective applicants whose undergraduate degree differs from the McGill degree are encouraged to contact the Ingram School of Nursing to have the eligibility of their degree assessed. Experience in nursing is strongly recommended.

Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas in Nurse Practitioner

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing comparable to McGill (the bachelor program must have a minimum of 66 credits including 12 credits in the biological sciences) with a minimum CGPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale required. Prior to entry, applicants are required to have a minimum of two years of experience in Canada in the specialty area over the previous five years.

Students in the Nurse Practitioner program are required to hold a “carte de stage” allowing them to participate in the required clinical practicum at the end of the second year of the program. The “carte de stage” is granted by the Quebec Order of Nurses (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec – OIIQ) to Nurse Practitioner candidates that are licensed in Quebec.

International students must therefore obtain current and full licensure from the OIIQ before submitting their application to the Neonatology or Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. Please note that in order to obtain a nursing licence in Quebec, one must be proficient in the French language. For more information regarding the OIIQ licensure eligibility criteria, please contact the OIIQ at 514-935-2505.

The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program delivers some courses in French, making proficiency in French a requirement for this program as well.

Ph.D. Program

Applicants admitted to the doctoral program through McGill University must have completed master’s-level studies with either their undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing comparable to McGill. Applicants must have a CGPA of 3.3 on a scale of 4.0 or a B+ standing. Highly qualified nurse bachelor's entry students enrolled in the M.Sc.(A.) in the nursing program may be accepted into the Ph.D. program provided they meet its standards.

The School considers admissions to the doctoral program for the Fall term only. The nursing courses in the doctoral program are offered every two years and incoming students may begin with Schedule A or Schedule B (see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Nursing for details) depending upon their admission year.

Registration and Regulations

Official registration through Minerva must be completed by August 14. Students registering late for reasons unrelated to the admission procedure are subject to the late payment fee.

Orientation for new students will be held in class during the first week of lectures. Students should contact their academic adviser for approval of complementary courses before the add/drop deadline.

Returning students are responsible for ensuring that registration is completed according to the University timetable deadlines.

Course Requirements

Students are provided with the course objectives, requirements, and methods of evaluation at the beginning of each course. Students will not be permitted to write an examination in any course unless they have fulfilled the requirements, including attendance.

OIIQ Registration or Proof of Licensure

Please visit www.mcgill.ca/nursing/students/clinical for further details.

Vaccination/Immunization and Mask-Fitting Requirements

New students in the Ingram School of Nursing must refer to the Vaccination/Immunization Requirements for Health Sciences Programs outlined in the General University Information and Regulations of the Health Sciences Calendar (available at www.mcgill.ca/study under Faculties & Schools). A copy of the immunization form outlining requirements can be found at www.mcgill.ca/studenthealth/immunize/forms. Annual flu vaccination is strongly recommended to all health science students. Entry into the McGill University Teaching Hospital Network is dependent on having met the immunization requirements. All students must have immunizations completed (or in process for Hepatitis B) and mask fitting done by the start of clinical placement in September.

CPR and First Aid Requirements

Valid First Aid and CPR Certification Health Care Provider (HCP) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) is required no later than September 15th for all graduate nursing students except for those in the Ph.D. program. Students are responsible for maintaining this certification up-to-date throughout their program of study.

Achievement Builders – Student Services

Any student who is experiencing difficulty in meeting course requirements must take advantage of the Achievement Builders program offered through Student Services. Information is available at: www.mcgill.ca/firstyear/studentlife/workshops1.

Regulations Concerning Clinical Placement Courses

  • Students must be registered with the OIIQ before they can have access to clinical placements. Students who have not completed the registration procedure cannot commence clinical studies.
  • Students must have met the vaccination/immunization requirements prior to commencing clinical studies in September.
  • Students are required to purchase equipment such as a stethoscope and physical-assessment equipment. Information is provided at registration or within specific courses.
  • Students are expected to demonstrate professional behaviour at all times. The Code of Ethics for Nurses and the McGill University Code of Student Conduct (as outlined in the Handbook on Student Rights and Responsibilities) provide guidelines. Professional behaviour is expected in relation to classmates, teachers, patients, and the institutions within which studies take place.
  • In any formal documentation, students must identify themselves as a McGill Nursing Student with the respective year of study noted.
  • Name badges must be worn at all times in clinical studies. These are ordered in the Fall semester of the first year of studies and the cost is charged directly to the student's fee account. Name badges are ordered through the Ingram School of Nursing and students will be required to purchase two sets of name badges in early Fall prior to starting clinical placement. Students must comply with the uniform policy during clinical placements.
  • Students must have a photo I.D. taken at the MUHC for their clinical placements there.
  • Attendance in clinical courses is mandatory and absences must be discussed with the instructor. Students with repeat absences may be asked to defer clinical studies if progress in the clinical course is compromised.
  • Students whose performance in clinical studies does not meet the course objectives will be informed in writing and a learning plan will be developed. Students whose performance is below expectations or who are unsafe in clinical studies may be required to withdraw from the course at any time.
  • Students whose academic performance is below expectation or considered to be incompetent or unsafe in clinical studies can be required to withdraw from the course at any time—in such cases the student will receive a grade of WF or F.
  • While an effort is made to place students within reasonable travelling distance for clinical studies, each student must budget a sum of money to travel to and from a patient home and clinical institutions.
  • Clinical courses that are offered during the Summer session may require that students study during the day or evening.
  • Clinical agencies may require students entering their facility to undergo a Criminal Reference Check prior to being granted permission to enter their facility.

Requirements for Licensure

Following completion of a first-level program in nursing, graduates must obtain licensure from the professional organization in the province or state in which they complete their studies. Visit www.mcgill.ca/nursing/students/graduation for further information.

Application Procedures

McGill's online application for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

For information on the application process as well as the supporting documents required in addition to the uApply online application, please visit our Nursing website at www.mcgill.ca/nursing/programs/applying-graduate-programs, then search for your program of study.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Students who have not completed their studies in North America may be asked to arrange for an interview as part of the application process.
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) general test results may be required in individual circumstances.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the Ingram School of Nursing and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Term of Entry Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall:
  • Qualifying for the M.Sc.A. Nursing
  • M.Sc.A. Nursing – all concentrations (Special Students, visit website: www.mcgill.ca/nursing/programs)
  • Ph.D. Nursing
Feb. 15 Jan. 15 Feb. 15 (Canadian)/Jan. 15 (International)
Winter:
  • M.Sc.A. Nurse Bachelor Entry, part-time studies in all concentrations (except for Global Health and Nurse Practitioner) must contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator prior to applying
  • Graduate Certificate; Theory in Neonatology
  • Graduate Certificate; Theory in Nurse Practitioner Primary Care
  • Graduate Diploma; Neonatology Nurse Practitioner
Sept. 30 N/A Sept. 30
Summer:
  • Graduate Diploma; Nurse Practitioner Primary Care
Dec. 15 N/A N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Social Work

Programs | Application Procedures and Deadlines

Social Work

Location

  • School of Social Work
  • Wilson Hall
  • 3506 University Street, Suite 300
  • Montreal QC H3A 2A7
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-7070
  • Fax: 514-398-4760
  • Email: graduate [dot] socialwork [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/socialwork

About Social Work

The School of Social Work offers dynamic M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs, designed to explore cutting-edge knowledge on social work theory, practice, policy, and research. We have an exciting and growing faculty with a variety of research and practice expertise in the fields of: child welfare; health, mental health, and disability; poverty; aging; First Peoples; marginalized groups (e.g., immigrants and refugees, war affected populations, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people); loss and bereavement; domestic violence; and international social work. Our approaches to practice and research cover all levels of intervention from individuals, families, groups, and communities. Located within the School of Social Work are specialized centres devoted to research and training in the areas of domestic violence; children and families; and international human rights. Graduate students also have access to workstations equipped with computers, and many professional development workshops and seminars. Several research assistantships and teaching assistantships are available each year.

The McGill School of Social Work is a member of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), the Canadian Association for Social Work Education – l'Association Canadienne pour la formation en travail social (CASWE-ACFTS), and of the Regroupement des unités de formation universitaire en travail social du Québec (RUFUTS).

The School of Social Work is a professional school with the primary objective of preparing students for careers and for leadership in the fields of social work and social welfare.

Qualifying Year Entry into the M.S.W. Program

Applicants demonstrating academic excellence and a minimum of one year of social work related experience (voluntary and/or professional) are considered for admission to the one-year, full-time (only) Qualifying year of study in preparation for entry to the M.S.W. (Non-Thesis) program. The objective of this preparatory year is to provide students with essential foundation social work knowledge that will provide a basis upon which to embark on graduate-level studies in social work.

M.S.W. Program

The overarching objective of the master's program is the provision of advanced professional training by means of integrated learning experiences. Specifically, the educational goals are to:

  1. develop a deepened and advanced competence in practice and research;
  2. embrace a capacity for critical understanding of social theories, social problems, and emergent issues; and
  3. understand population groups in need, institutional structures, and policy initiatives and processes.

The M.S.W. degree can be pursued via two options: thesis and non-thesis. Both options carry a weight of 45 credits, and, taken on a full-time basis, both options involve three terms of study. In both options, part-time study can be arranged.

There are two points of entry into the M.S.W.: one for those who hold a B.S.W. degree; and one for those who have completed the one-year Qualifying year of study offered by the School of Social Work.

Ph.D. Program in Social Work

The School of Social Work offers a dynamic Ph.D. program in social work/social policy in order to promote the development of scholarship on social issues within Canada and Quebec. Courses are offered in English at McGill. Parallel streams are offered in French at Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Montréal. Students have the opportunity of taking courses at all three universities.

The program aims to:

  1. prepare graduates for careers in university teaching and research, policy development, implementation and evaluation, practice and program evaluation, leadership and management of human services;
  2. offer students the opportunity to acquire research methodology skills and to apply these to a range of areas relevant to social work; and
  3. stimulate original research on important social problems and issues.
Note: With respect to M.S.W. and Q.Y. programs, while not a prerequisite for admission, possession of a working knowledge of the French language is important not only to candidates who intend to seek admission to the Quebec professional Ordre after graduation but also to those who wish to maximize their field placement opportunities during their program. In consultation with the Field Education Coordinator, students may have the option of completing their field requirements at an approved social service agency outside of Quebec.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Couple and Family Therapy (Non-Thesis) (60 credits)
The Master's program in Couple and Family Therapy is a full-time professional Master's program of 60 credits taken over five terms. Graduates of this program will qualify for two professional permits: the Couple and Family Therapist permit (Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ)); and the Psychotherapist permit (Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (OPQ)). The high standards for admission, course requirements, and clinical supervision will produce highly trained graduates who will be desirable future employees with enhanced career and employment opportunities. Graduating from McGill University's Master of Science, Applied in Couple and Family Therapy will be an esteemed professional credential.
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.); Social Work (Thesis) (45 credits)
The M.S.W. Thesis option is designed for students who have a keen interest in developing an advanced intellectual understanding and a specialized set of research skills in one of three areas: Children and Families; Health and Social Care; or International and Community Development. Program requirements consist of a thesis and six courses (two of which are required), taken over an extended period of three to four terms of full-time study. Prospective students will hold a B.S.W. degree with a minimum of one year of prior social work related experience (voluntary and/or professional). Subsequent career paths are varied and lead to exciting opportunities in health, social services, and community organizing, where social workers undertake clinical, leadership, or policy roles.
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.); Social Work (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)
The M.S.W. Non-Thesis option is designed for students who have a keen interest in developing an advanced intellectual understanding and a specialized set of practice skills in one of three areas: Children and Families; Health and Social Care; or International and Community Development. This program entails three semesters of full-time study that consist of coursework, professional education in a supervised field placement, and an independent study project. Prospective students will hold a B.S.W. degree with a minimum of one year of prior social work related experience (voluntary and/or professional), or will have successfully completed the Qualifying year entry into the M.S.W. Subsequent career paths are varied and lead to exciting opportunities in health, social services, and community organizing, where social workers undertake clinical, leadership, or policy roles.
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.); Social Work (Non-Thesis) — International Partner Program (45 credits)
This program is offered intermittently, based on funding, to a specific cohort of students by invitation only.
Joint Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with Integrated Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) / Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) (132 credits)
The School of Social Work and the Faculty of Law offer a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with integrated Bachelor of Civil Law/Bachelor of Laws (B.C.L./LL.B.) designed to transcend academic boundaries in social justice issues. Lawyers and social workers often operate in the same fields, whether in public policy, child protection, family law, poverty law, or domestic violence situations, yet each profession has been constrained by internal limitations. The joint M.S.W. (non-thesis option)/Law program requires students to complete 132 credits (45 credits in M.S.W., 87 credits in Law). Students should take three and a half to four years to complete the M.S.W./B.C.L./LL.B. program. It is possible, however, to complete the program in three years, by doing work for credit over the summer and by carrying heavier course loads throughout the program. The joint program leads to conferral of the B.C.L./LL.B. law degrees and the master’s degree in social work. Prospective students possess a B.S.W. degree with prior practice experience.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Social Work (offered jointly by McGill and Université de Montréal)
As one of the top Ph.D. programs in Canada, the School of Social Work promotes leading scholarship on social policy and practice. Over the course of three to four years, working closely with their supervisor, students pursue individualized programs of study, which include coursework, research, and professional development. Faculty have expertise in a variety of areas such as aging; social exclusion; child welfare; international social welfare; Aboriginal people and communities; violence against women and children; health and disability; poverty and social development; migration and community organizing. Students normally take two semesters of coursework after which they complete a comprehensive exam. In the second year of the program students begin their thesis work and take a course designed to facilitate the research process. Research and writing usually takes between one and two years to complete. McGill offers entrance fellowships, access to computers and library resources, and active student networks. There are many opportunities to be involved in faculty research projects and sessional teaching. Students go on to careers in teaching, organizational leadership, and social policy analysis.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Please note that the application procedures for the School of Social Work has changed slightly for the 2014-15 admissions cycle. Applicants are asked to refer to the School’s webpage (http://www.mcgill.ca/socialwork/prospective/) for application instructions.

Social Work Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Office. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available. For the TOEFL, McGill's institutional code is 0935.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – International applicants must achieve a minimum score of 96* on the Internet-based test.

    * Each individual component of reading, writing, listening, and speaking must have a minimum score of 24.

  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – International applicants must achieve a minimum overall band score of 8.0**.

    ** Each individual component of reading, writing, listening, and speaking must have a minimum score of 7.5.

M.S.W. Program

Applicants who have successfully completed a B.S.W., with a minimum high B average (GPA 3.2/4.0), and who have completed coursework in statistics and in research methods at the undergraduate level within the last five years are admissible to the Master of Social Work program. Applicants are expected to have one year of paid or volunteer professional social work experience prior to admission.

Students who have completed the one-year, full-time Qualifying year of study at the School of Social Work are eligible for direct admission to the M.S.W. program (non-thesis only) provided they have secured a minimum B+ average in Qualifying courses, and have successfully fulfilled all fieldwork requirements.

M.Sc.A. Program

The Master's in Couple and Family Therapy is designed to allow students with prior coursework in Family Theory/Therapy (e.g., M.S.W. graduates or Counselling Psychology graduates with master's level family courses) to receive advanced credit for these courses and be eligible for Advance level entry (minimum of 45 credits) taken over three terms. Admission to the program will be inter-disciplinary, with candidates entering from related social science or helping profession backgrounds such as Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Nursing, or other related disciplines.

Applicants who have successfully completed a bachelor's or master's degree in a related human science or helping profession, with a minimum overall CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, are eligible to apply.

Joint program: Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with integrated Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) / Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)

Applicants must apply separately for admission to each Faculty. Applicants must meet or surpass the requirements for admission to both the M.S.W. program and to Law and must submit a brief statement explaining their interest in this joint program along with all other required admission materials.

Ph.D. Program

Applicants apply directly to the School of Social Work. Applicants applying to the Ph.D. program must hold a master's degree in social work or, exceptionally, a bachelor's degree in social work with a master's degree in a related subject from an accredited program. However, applicants who hold a master's degree in a related social science discipline with strong research interests and experience in social work/social policy may also be considered. All applicants must also have completed, at the university level, coursework in statistics and in research methods within the last five years.

Criteria considered in weighing applications include:

  • quality and relevance of the student's research proposal and one-page narrative;
  • quality of reference letters;
  • previous experience as demonstrated in the CV;
  • relevance and availability of proposed research supervisor.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Applications will only be considered upon receipt of all required documents.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Qualifying year of study applicants:
    • Curriculum Vitae (using form provided)
    • Program Application Face Sheet
    • Statement of Interest for Social Work
  • M.S.W. and Joint Program (M.S.W. & B.C.L/LL.B.) applicants:
    • Curriculum Vitae (using form provided)
    • Program Application Face Sheet
    • Plan of Study (non-thesis or thesis)
  • M.Sc.A. applicants:
    • Curriculum Vitae (using form provided)
    • Program Application Face Sheet
    • Pre-requisite Form (using form provided)
    • Advanced Standing Form (using form provided)
    • Letter of Intent
  • Ph.D. applicants:
    • Curriculum Vitae (using form provided)
    • Program Application Face Sheet
    • Research Proposal
    • Writing Sample
    • One-page Narrative
    • Statement of Availability

Details regarding these requirements can be found on the Department website at: www.mcgill.ca/socialwork/prospective.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the School of Social Work and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Jan. 15 (for M.Sc.A. program: April 15) Fall: Jan. 15 (for M.Sc.A. program: March 31) Fall: Jan. 15
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Political Science

Political Science

Location

  • Department of Political Science
  • Stephen Leacock Building, Room 414
  • 855 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Montreal QC H3A 2T7
  • Canada

About Political Science

The Department offers programs leading to the M.A. (with or without thesis) and Ph.D. degrees. These programs combine depth of specialization in a particular field with breadth of knowledge in related fields. The staff offers courses and supervises research on most of the important areas of political science. Students may specialize in any of the following: Canadian Government and Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, or International Relations.

M.A. graduates gain the scholarly preparation required to proceed to the Ph.D. program at McGill or elsewhere. Alternatively, the M.A. degree prepares graduates for teaching at the college level, for advanced study in other disciplines, or for rewarding jobs in government and in the private sector. Students in the M.A. program may choose either the Research Essay option or the Thesis option. Both options are generally recognized as among the most demanding and rewarding in Canada.

Besides its traditional M.A. program, the Department also offers M.A. options in Social Statistics, Development Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and European Studies. Interested students must apply and be accepted to both the political science M.A. program and to the option program.

Graduate students can benefit from expertise and advanced scholarship in such diverse research areas as Electoral Studies, Comparative Federalism, Constitutional Theory and Practice, International Peace and Security Studies, International Development, Nations and Nationalism, Health and Social Policy, and Identity Politics. For a full list of our affiliated research centres and institutes, please consult our website: www.mcgill.ca/politicalscience/centres.

Changes may take place after this content is published. Students are advised to contact the Department Office for supplementary information, which may be important to their choice of program.

Master's Programs

Students may select a program with the Thesis or the Non-Thesis (Research Project) option in completing M.A. degree requirements. They may switch from one option to the other while completing their coursework.

Master of Arts (M.A.); Political Science (Thesis) (45 credits)
The M.A. program is generally recognized as among the most demanding and rewarding in Canada. A main purpose of the M.A. degree is to demonstrate an ability to design and execute with competence a major piece of research, comparable to a full‐length article in a scholarly journal. The length will vary with the nature of the topic. A thesis that contains considerable data analysis might be well developed in 50 pages, while an institutional or historical study would generally be longer.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Political Science (Thesis) — Development Studies (45 credits)
The Development Studies Option (DSO) is a cross‐disciplinary M.A. program offered within existing M.A. programs in the Departments of Geography, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, and Sociology. This thesis option is open to master's students specializing in development studies. Students enter through one of the participating departments and must meet the M.A. requirements of that unit. Students take an interdisciplinary seminar (INTD 657 Development Studies Seminar) that will be co‐taught by professors from two different disciplines and a variety of graduate-level courses on international development issues. The M.A. thesis must be on a topic relating to development studies, approved by the DSO Coordinating Committee. Students interested in development will benefit from the expertise provided by the Institute for the Study of International Development. For more information on the Institute, see www.mcgill.ca/isid/teaching-programs/graduate/option.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Political Science (Thesis) — European Studies (45 credits)
The European Studies Option (ESO) is an option offered within existing M.A. programs in the Departments of Political Science, History, and Sociology, as well as in the Faculty of Law. This option is open to students whose work is focused on Europe, in particular on issues relating to European integration, broadly understood. Students will take an interdisciplinary capstone seminar and two other courses on European themes and issues as part of their M.A. program. Students enter through one of the participating departments and must meet the requirements of that unit. The M.A. thesis must be on a topic relating to European Studies, approved by the ESO coordinating committee. Knowledge of French, while not a prerequisite, is an important asset for admission and will be encouraged as part of the program, as will knowledge of a third European language.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Political Science (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)
The M.A. program is generally recognized as among the most demanding and rewarding in Canada. Students in the non-thesis program will submit a research essay. The research essay will normally be based on a paper written for a graduate seminar or an independent reading course. The research essay requirement also applies to each of the non-thesis options listed below.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Political Science (Non-Thesis) — Development Studies (45 credits)
The Development Studies Option (DSO) is a cross‐disciplinary M.A. program offered within existing M.A. programs in the Departments of Geography, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, and Sociology. Students enter through one of the participating departments and must meet the M.A. requirements of that unit. Students take an interdisciplinary seminar that will be co‐taught by professors from two different disciplines (INTD 657 Development Studies Seminar) and a variety of graduate-level courses on international development issues. Students interested in development will benefit from the expertise provided by the Institute for the Study of International Development. For more information on the Institute, see www.mcgill.ca/isid/teaching-programs/graduate/option.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Political Science (Non-Thesis) — European Studies (45 credits)
The European Studies Option (ESO) is an option offered within existing M.A. programs in the Departments of Political Science, History, and Sociology, as well as in the Faculty of Law. This option is open to students whose work is focused on Europe, in particular on issues relating to European integration, broadly understood. Students enter through one of the participating departments and must meet the requirements of that unit. Students will take an interdisciplinary capstone seminar and two other courses on European themes and issues as part of their M.A. program. Knowledge of French, while not a prerequisite, is an important asset for admission and will be encouraged as part of the program, as will knowledge of a third European language.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Political Science (Non-Thesis) — Gender and Women's Studies (45 credits)
The Gender and Women’s Studies Option offers McGill graduate students who meet the degree requirements in a participating unit and who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework, a cross‐disciplinary specialization in feminist, and gender and/or women’s studies, deploying a wide array of disciplinary methodologies and modes of inquiry. The student's research paper must be on a topic centrally focused on gender and/or women's studies. See www.mcgill.ca/igsf/programs/gws.
Master of Arts (M.A.); Political Science (Non-Thesis) — Social Statistics (45 credits)
The Social Statistics Option complements disciplinary training with research experience applying statistical methods to Statistics Canada data or equivalent. Students complete course requirements, supplemented by further statistical courses, as advised by the Option Adviser, and subject to approval by the Department, and a statistics‐based M.A. research paper in conjunction with an interdisciplinary capstone seminar. See www.mcgill.ca/socialstatistics. Entrance to this option is by application to the Social Statistics Option Committee subsequent to acceptance into the Departmental program. A research paper is required to demonstrate proficiency in research. It is normally about 50 pages in length and involves revision of a paper written for one of the graduate courses completed in the program. The research paper is evaluated by two faculty members in the Department.

Ph.D. Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Political Science
The doctoral program is designed to give students the necessary foundation for making original contributions to knowledge. Graduate courses provide students with analytical and theoretical tools used in particular subfields. This general training includes specialized training in research methods. Recent graduates of our doctoral program are pursuing diverse employment opportunities. See: www.mcgill.ca/politicalscience/grad/recentplacements.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Political Science — Gender and Women's Studies
The graduate option in Gender and Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program for students who meet the degree requirements in Political Science and who wish to earn 6 credits of approved coursework focusing on gender and women's studies, and issues in feminist research and methods. This option is a cross-disciplinary specialization run by the McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (see www.mcgill.ca/igsf). The student's doctoral thesis must be on a topic centrally related to gender and/or women's studies. For more information on the option, see: www.mcgill.ca/igsf/programs/gws.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 30, 2014).

Political Science Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

The graduate Admissions Committee only considers applications from those who already have an undergraduate academic degree in political science or a closely related field (e.g., international studies, sociology, philosophy for prospective political theorists, etc.). Those without this required background occasionally enrol as Special Students in the undergraduate program and take upper-level undergraduate courses in order to build the academic record necessary to apply to the graduate program.

Master's

Students holding a B.A. degree may be eligible for admission to the M.A. program. Preparation equivalent to a McGill Honours program in Political Science is desirable.

Ph.D.

Students holding a master’s degree in political science may be eligible for admission to the Ph.D. program. In some instances, outstanding students with a B.A. in Political Science may be admitted directly into the Ph.D. program without having completed an M.A. degree. They will be considered Ph.D. 1 and some previous political science coursework could be applied to the requirements of the program, provided that it did not count toward any other degree.

Reference Letters

All applicants, including those who have done their undergraduate work at McGill, must submit two letters of reference. It is recommended that you contact your referees at least a month in advance of the deadline. Applications that do not have references by January 15 will not be considered.

GRE and TOEFL Exams

GRE results are required for applications to the doctoral program. Use codes McGill 0935 – Political Science 1999. The test should be written well in advance of the application deadline. See www.ets.org/gre for more information on registering for the test. GRE results are not required for students applying to the master's program.

Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian/American institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit TOEFL scores. A minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test (or 100 on the Internet-based test, with each component score not less than 20) is required for admission. Please use the codes McGill 0935 – Political Science 89 when writing the TOEFL exam. See www.ets.org/toefl for more information on registering for the test. The IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) with a minimum overall band of 6.5 is also acceptable. Files will not be considered unless TOEFL/IELTS scores are received before the application deadline (January 15 for admission in the Fall).

For more information, consult the following websites: www.ets.org/gre and www.ets.org/toefl.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Personal Statement – one page
  • Writing Sample – Ph.D. only
  • GRE – required for applications to the Ph.D.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the Political Science Department and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Completed applications (including all supporting documentation listed above) for all graduate programs in Political Science must be received by January 15. For detailed information, please see the Graduate Applicant Checklist at: www.mcgill.ca/politicalscience/grad/gradformsdocs.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).