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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 Applying to McGill. Information about required support documents can be found below.

Should you require clarification/more information, please email the studaffairs [dot] relg [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Graduate Admission Coordinator).

Required documentation

All supplemental application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system. Complete instructions on how to upload your documents can be found on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website

The following items must be submitted before the application can be considered by the Faculty's Graduate Admission Committee:

  1. on-line application form which can be found at http://www.mcgill.ca/admissions/
  2. non-refundable application fee (payable by credit card);
  3. an unofficial copy of your complete university-level academic record to date must be uploaded through your applicant page;
    • if the transcript does not indicate that a degree has been conferred, a copy of the degree certificate (diploma) will also need to be uploaded;
    • if you receive an offer of admission you will be required to make arrangements for an official copy of each transcript to be sent to McGill University;
  4. on the application form applicants must provide the names and email addresses of two referees. Two academic letters of recommendation are required; McGill will contact these referees by email and invite them to upload references on the applicant's behalf. Your application will only be reviewed once the two reference letters are received;
  5. a statement of intent of approximately 500 words, which must include a well-articulated thesis research proposal. For the PhD this proposal should be as specific as possible. Please indicate the ways in which your prior academic formation prepares you well to undertake this research. Also, indicate in what ways the Faculty of Religious Studies is well suited for the proposed research;
  6. a sample of recent academic writing, you may at your discretion submit your Masters Thesis or a BA Honours Thesis;
  7. non-Canadian applicants whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate degree from a recognized institution where English is the language of instruction, must submit documented proof of competence in oral and written English. Permanent residents may be required to submit a TOEFL score.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) minimum acceptable scores are:
  • BT (internet based test): 90 overall, (no less than 21 in each of the four component scores)
  • PBT (paper based test): 577.

N.B.: an institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 6.5 or greater (Academic module)

Note: The McGill ETS Institution code is: 0935.

Please note that all documents submitted to McGill University in support of an application to be admitted, including but not limited to transcripts, diplomas, letters of reference and test scores, become the property of McGill University and will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution under any circumstances. Only complete applications will be considered by the Admissions Committee.

Application deadlines


Fall: January 15 (for funding consideration).
All other applicants: March 15.
Winter: September 15*
Summer: No admission**


Fall: January 15 (for funding consideration)
All other applicants: March 15
Winter: September 15*
Summer: No admission**

*N.B. There is no January admission for the MA Bioethics Program.
**The Faculty of Religious Studies is not willing to consider any applications to be admitted for the Summer term.