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Graduate Program (MSc, ad hoc PhD)

The Masters and ad hoc PhD programs provide training in multiple areas of research. Applicants are admitted from a wide range of backgrounds, including anthropology, genetics, medicine, neuroscience, and psychology. Our faculty’s research areas are correspondingly diverse, including behavioural genetics, neuroimaging, neuroscience, public policy and transcultural psychiatry, and encompassing both quantitative and qualitative research methods (animal models, human models, and studies involving psychiatric patients).

MSc Curriculum 

In addition to conducting research and completing a thesis, MSc students are required to complete three 3-credit graduate-level courses. There are no required courses (unless indicated in the acceptance letter) and the exact combination of coursework is determined by the student and their supervisor. Graduate-level courses offered in other departments can also be taken for credit.

PhD Curriculum 

In addition to a PhD dissertation, doctoral students are required to complete a comprehensive exam. There are no required courses, (unless indicated in the acceptance letter). An individualized coursework plan is determined by the student and their supervisor. 

Procedures for admission

Interested candidates should contact specific faculty members from the Graduate Student Research Supervisors list to enquire if they have a graduate student position available. Candidates for the program will be considered for admission only if a supervisor has been confirmed and when funding is available to support their studies.

Eligibility for the MSc program

To be eligible for the MSc program, applicants must have a

  1. Undergraduate degree
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.3 / 4.0 or a GPA of 3.5 / 4.0 in the two last years of full-time study
  3. Confirmed supervisor from the Graduate Student Research Supervisors list
  4. Sufficient funding to support their studies

Eligibility for the Ph.D. program

To be eligible for the PhD program, applicants must have a

  1. Master’s degree
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.3 / 4.0 or a GPA of 3.5 / 4.0 in the two last years of full-time study
  3. Confirmed supervisor from the Graduate Student Research Supervisors list
  4. Sufficient funding to support their studies 

Deadlines

Students can enter the graduate programs at the beginning of the winter, spring or fall semesters.

Incomplete applications will not be processed. Submit your web application form at least two weeks before the deadlines so that your referees and home university transcript office will have time to upload their documents into your application file before the deadline. Your supporting documents can not be uploaded until you fill in and submit the web application form, but revised documents can be submitted after the initial upload. Several documents can be scanned and uploaded into a single document title such as Personal Statement, in case the specific Psychiatry Department document title does not appear on the uApply site.

Students can enter the graduate programs at the beginning of the winter, spring or fall semesters. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Deadlines for submitting complete applications are: 

  • September 15 for entry in January
  • January 15 for entry in May (international applicants)
  • February 15 for entry in May (Canadian applicants)
  • March 15 for entry in September

Application steps

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:  www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare.

All supplemental application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system. Complete instructions are on www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/submitting-your-documents. On the web application form, applicants must provide the names and e-mail addresses of referees (if required, not for Special Students). McGill will contact these referees and invite them to upload references on their behalf, including the Department of Psychiatry Applicant Evaluation Form (see item 7 below).

A complete application for the MSc program will include:

  1. A web application form
  2. The following documents from the supervisor
  3. Thesis proposal ( 2-3 pages organized as "background or introduction; hypothesis; objectives; materials, methods and ethical approval, if required; means of analysis of results; and a brief bibliography)
  4. Personal statement of interest (1 – 2 pages)
  5. All university level transcripts as originals or officially certified copies. If the transcripts are not in English or French, provide official translations. Include a list of the dates, titles and grade obtained for each course if it is not shown on the transcript. McGill transcripts are not required; they are obtained at the department.
  6. Curriculum vitae listing previous research experience and publications, if applicable.
  7. Two letters of reference with the Applicant Evaluation Form sent directly by the referee. Letters must be current (not more than six months old).
  8. Proof of English Proficiency for non-Canadian applicants whose mother tongue is not English and whose undergraduate education was not in English (see Supplementary Documents below).

A complete application for the PhD program will include the above plus:

    9.  The Requirements_for_Graduation_Form signed by four members of the student’s advisory committee including the specific courses planned.
 

Additional documents for the PhD program:

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Admissions

  • Graduate Research Trainees
    Apply for a short term research project with no courses at: www.mcgill.ca/gps/students/graduate-research-trainee. Send your university transcripts, a letter of permission from your home university and other required document to graduate [dot] psychiatry [at] mcgill [dot] ca or by mail to Graudate Program Coordinator. If sent by e-mail, please send the original letter of persmission by post as well.
  • Double program students, including Psychiatry Residents
    See http://www.mcgill.ca/students/records/forms and use the web forms in the section “For students in graduate programs” to accept the offer of admission and to register for the graduate degree program or part-time courses.

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