Graduate Diploma admissions
The 2013 application deadline for the online Application for Admission form and submission of all electronic supporting documentation is February 15 for international applicants and March 15 for Canadian applicants.
We recommend all applicants to allow ample time for the submission of electronic documentation.
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There are two main requirements for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies:
I. Possess a Master's degree in Library and Information Studies from a program accredited by the American Library Association (or equivalent).
Admission of students with overseas degrees will be guided by the MLIS equivalency standards of ALA. Applicants will normally have at least 3 years' professional experience following completion of the MLIS.
Please direct questions regarding academic equivalencies to the france [dot] bouthillier [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Program Director).
Documented proof of proficiency in oral and written English (TOEFL or IELTS) is required by all applicants whose mother tongue is not English, AND who have not obtained (or are about to obtain) an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction. See below for situations where proof of proficency is normally not required.*
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 results are only valid for two years from the date the test was written.
McGill Institution Code: 0935.
Such proof normally comprises the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (IBT Internet based TOEFL) with a written score of at least 25 and a reading, speaking, and listening score of not less than 20, or the International English Language testing System (IELTS) with a minimum overall band score of 7.5. Applicants whose mother tongue is not English may be asked to demonstrate an English-language proficiency beyond the submission of the TOEFL or IELTS scores.
*Proof of proficiency not required
Normally, if you meet any one of the following conditions you are not required to submit proof of proficiency in English:
- Mother tongue (language first learned and still used on a daily basis) is English
- Has obtained (or is about to obtain) an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction
- Has obtained (or is about to obtain) an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized institution in Canada or the United States of America (anglophone or francophone)
- Has lived and attended university, or been employed, for at least four consecutive years, in a country where English is the acknowledged primary language.
Please note that as of October 2012, McGill’s formerly paper-based graduate application process has been replaced by an electronic version. For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents, please see Preparing to apply and Submitting your documents.
STEP 1. Online Application for Admission
- Complete an online McGill application for admission form. The supervisor field is to be left blank. The research area field is optional and may be used for those considering undertaking independent research projects. It is important that you select the correct term when completing the application form. We will not be able to change the application term or refund your application fee if you enter the wrong term.
- Submit the non-refundable application fee (see Preparing to apply for current fee). There are no exceptions even if you have applied to another McGill department in the same year. The fee is submitted by credit card when you submit your electronic application.
After your application has been received, you will be given access to your Minerva account. Here, you will be able to upload your unofficial transcripts and supporting documentation detailed below to complete your application. Uploading of these supporting documents is mandatory.
STEP 2. Submision of Supporting Information
All applicants must submit electronically the following information:
- Your complete record of study (transcripts) from each university-level institution you have attended to date - including McGill, if applicable. Uploaded copies of transcripts will be considered as unofficial; final, official copies will be required once you are offered admission. These transcripts must indicate degree awarded. If credits were transferred from a different institution then transcripts must also be obtained from that source.
- An application fee of $100 in Canadian or US funds. There are no exceptions even if you have applied to another McGill department in the same year. This application fee is non-refundable.
The fee is submitted by credit card when you submit your electronic application.
- A curriculum vitae.
- References: on the online application form, you must provide names and email addresses of at least two professors who are familiar with your academic work. If your degree(s) were awarded more than 5 years ago, two employer letters of recommendation are required on company letterhead. McGill will contact these referees and invite them to upload references on your behalf. Please note that although you can list public domain addresses such as Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo Mail on the application form, references uploaded from these addresses will not be accepted by the School. Therefore you must list a valid institutional or corporate e-mail address for your referees. (Any non-letterhead letters of recommendation must be accompanied by an explanation.) If applicants have completed university level courses since their MLIS degree, they may wish to approach the instructors of those courses for references.
- A covering letter outlining the reasons for wishing to undertake the program of study. This letter enables SIS to best advise potential students about the the possibilities the program may offer.
- A statement of areas of academic / research interests.
- TOEFL/IELTS results (if applicable): when registering for the test please ensure that you request that results be sent directly to McGill University. McGill will then receive the results electronically, directly from the testing agency. (See Admission Requirements above).
Please verify on Minerva to ensure supporting documents have been uploaded.
If you have any questions contact:
Kathryn Hubbard, Administrative & Student Affairs Coordinator