Applying to the IPN
In recent years, admission to the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill has become very competitive. We select the top applicants for admission into the program. Approximately 300 prospective students compete for the available laboratory spaces in the various research centres annually. Because space is limited, we strongly encourage applicants to begin the admissions process early and not wait until the application deadline.
Please read through the tabs on this page and the Application Checklist carefully to help you through the process. All the information contained on these pages can be found in our document:
(English version) guide_to_your_ipn_application.pdf
(French version) lettre_dinformation_candidat.pdf
Rolling Admissions and International PhD Fees:
Please note that IPN runs a rolling admissions system. As long as prospective students apply before the deadline, they will be considered for admission as soon as their application is complete. Admissions and eligibility for IPN's Recruitment Awards are reviewed on a first come, first served basis subject toi fund availability; don't wait until the deadline to apply to IPN!
IPN will cover the tuition fee differential between International and Canadian Ph.D. students, so that international PhD students pay the same tuition fees as students from Quebec. Exception: International students with their own external sources of funding. These students will be expected to cover their own international fees if their external award fully covers the fees; if not, the supervisor will be asked to split half the cost of tuition with the IPN.
In addition to the requirements outlined below, it is in the interest of applicants to be familiar with the research field they wish to study. Be sure to have the desired background knowledge required by the supervisor you are seeking to work with. If in doubt, contact the prospective supervisor.
Note we do not require the GRE exam, but you are welcome to provide yours scores with your application.
Click on the '+' signs below to see the entrance requirements for the M.Sc. and Ph.D. Programs
M.Sc. Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree or be in the process of completing an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution and must display an adequate background in basic sciences. Applicants are expected to have attained a high scholastic standing equal to, or greater than, the minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.3 (out of 4.0 at McGill University) in ALL levels of study.
In examining a candidate's transcripts, the admissions committee looks for:
- A general background in the biological sciences, notably molecular and cellular biology, and mammalian physiology.
- Advanced level coursework related to the applicant's field of interest.
- Adequate laboratory experience.
Ph.D. Entrance Requirements
Applicants must hold a graduate level degree in a field related to neuroscience.
Applicants will also be considered for PhD 1 admission if enrolled in an undergraduate degree in which the applicant has displayed an outstanding academic record, and has an extensive research background.
Applicants enrolled in the MD-Ph.D. program through the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University can also apply. Students currently registered in the Master's program in neuroscience may be permitted to transfer to the Ph.D. program without submitting a Master's thesis; refer to information pertaining to the Doctoral Candidacy Exam. Applicants are expected to have attained a high scholastic standing equal to, or greater than, the minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.3 (out of 4.0 at McGill University) in ALL levels of study.