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Academic Standing

McGill University adheres to the highest code of academic integrity and conduct. Students who are found guilty of academic dishonesty will be disciplined. Please refer to the 'Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities'.

For information pertaining to your academic standing refer here.

For students admitted for Fall 2009 or earlier, please refer to the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Programs Calendar for program requirements.

Full-time, non-anglophone students whose secondary education (high school and CEGEP) has been in institutions where the primary language of instruction was not English, are strongly urged to register for English as a Second Language during their first year at McGill.  All English as a Second Language require Placement Tests and departmental permission from the English and French Language Centre at 688 Sherbrooke Street.

Also, students interested in taking French as a Second Language must sit placement tests.

Please refer to the Faculty of Arts website for the placement examination schedule and for further information.


Examinations and recitals must be presented in one of the examination periods. When a student and his/her teacher agree to present a required practical examination, the student must make an application by the deadline specified below. Permission to withdraw from, or postpone, a practical examination will normally be granted only in the case of illness. A medical certificate must be submitted to the Departmental Secretary within seven days after the withdrawal request has been received. Withdrawal from a practical examination on other than medical grounds must be authorized by the Departmental Chair.

Application for the above examinations must be made on the appropriate form available at the Performance Academic Affairs Office. Applicants must obtain their teachers' approval on this form and submit it according to the following schedule:

*The September examination period is available only for Summer graduands. No supplemental or deferred examinations will be given at this time.

It is recommended that students planning to take an examination in September submit the program for approval before the end of May otherwise the program may not be seen by the Area Committee until September.

Applications received after these deadlines will only be accepted with special permission by the Performance Departmental Chair and on payment of a $50 late application fee.
Examination Period Application Deadline* Deadline for Cancellations
December 5-18, 2013 October 15, 2013 November 15, 2013
April 14-29, 2014 February 1, 2014 March 1, 2014
*Sept. 8-12, 2014 (summer graduands only) June 1, 2014 August 1, 2014
All students must apply by these deadlines. Applications may be withdrawn without penalty any time up to the deadline for cancellations given above.

Information concerning practical examinations/recitals, may be obtained from the Department of Performance Exam Scheduler, jennifer [dot] stephenson [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Jennifer Stephenson)

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option

Students may take one non-music elective per term to be graded under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option. The decision to have a non-music elective course graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory must be made by the student before the end of the add/drop period on Minerva.

The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option will convert grades of A through C to 'S' and grades of D, F, and J to 'U'. The S/U option may not exceed 10% of a student's credits taken at McGill to fulfill the degree requirements (e.g. 10% x 90 credit program = 9 credits).

All Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory courses are not included in the credit load required for scholarship consideration and are not included in grade point average calculations.


Students must complete 27 credits in an academic year to be considered for Music SCHOLARSHIPS. For information, contact the Dean's Office at (514)398-4538.

Courses flagged with the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option will be excluded from the credit load considered for Scholarships, i.e., you must be registered for a minimum of 27 credits in addition to any Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory courses.