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GPA vs. TGPA vs. CGPA

GPA: 

The University assigns grade points to letter grades according to the table below. Your academic standing is determined by a grade point average (GPA), which is calculated by dividing the sum of the course credit, times the grade points by the total course GPA credits. The result is not rounded up to the nearest decimal point. GPA credits are the credits of courses with grades that are assigned grade points.

Grades Grade Points Numerical Scale of Marks
A 4.0 85-100%
A- 3.7 80-84%
B+ 3.3 75-79%
B 3.0 70-74%
B- 2.7 65-69%
C+ 2.3 60-64%
C 2.0 55-59%
D 1.0 50-54%
F 0 0-49%

TGPA: The term grade point average (TGPA) is the GPA for a given term calculated using all the applicable courses at the same level in that term. 

CGPA:
 The cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is the GPA calculated using your entire record of applicable courses at McGill at the same level; if you change levels (e.g., from undergraduate to graduate) the CGPA starts again. You must obtain a minimum CGPA of 2.00 to be considered for graduation with a McGill degree.

This information is an excerpt from the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Program Calendar. To consult the latest version, click here.

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Honours vs. Joint Honours

The specific qualifications for Honours and Joint Honours programs differ between Faculties and disciplines. It is best to consult an advisor or your particular program’s calendar to find out about the requirements and expectations for each specific Honours or Joint Honours degree. 

Honours:
 Just as in any program, the Honours strand usually requires students to complete core, prerequisite, complimentary, and seminar courses. It is usually expected that students who enrol in an Honours program must maintain a program GPA and a CGPA above a 3.0 and receive marks that are of a C (in some cases B-) grade or higher. If a student’s academic standing dips below this cut off, the student may not be eligible to continue in the Honours stream or graduate with an Honours degree.

Joint Honours
: Students who wish to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours Program components from any two disciplines within the same Faculty. Joint Honours students should consult an advisor in each department to discuss their course selection and their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable). Students in Joint Honours must maintain a program GPA and a CGPA of 3.00 (3.50 for First Class Honours) and attain a B- or higher in each program course. No overlap is allowed between the courses forming each segment of the Joint Honours program.

This information is an excerpt from the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Program Calendar. To consult the latest version, click here.

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Inter-University Transfer Agreement (IUT)

The Quebec Inter-University Transfer Agreement (IUT) allows students registered at any of the province's universities to take courses at any other one — generally three credits per semester and occasionally six — that count toward a degree at their home university. For example, if you're a McGill student, you can take a course at the Université de Montréal and apply the resulting course credit to your McGill degree. This is subject to faculty policies — be sure to contact your faculty's Student Affairs Office to see what conditions apply to you.

Once the Quebec Inter-University Transfer (IUT) application is approved by both the home and host universities, you must register in the same course for which you obtained electronic approval. The method of registration of the host university will vary (e.g., web, in-person, phone, etc.). You must allow sufficient time to complete and submit your electronic application, because you are responsible for adhering to all the host university's registration deadlines. If you decide later to drop or withdraw from the course(s) for which approval was granted, you will need to drop or withdraw from the course using the host university's registration method AND submit this change on the online Quebec Inter-University Transfer (IUT) application. Learn more!

International Baccalaureates (IB credits)

Up to 30 transfer credits may be granted for International Baccalaureate Higher Level results of "5" or better, subject to your faculty and program rules.

To receive advanced standing, you must arrange for the International Baccalaureate Organization to send your final IB results directly to Enrolment Services. If you receive an exemption for a course but take it anyway, you will not receive McGill credit for it. McGill reserves the right to change transfer credit recognition policy without notice.

If you have passed a course that is equivalent to a McGill course, you may be exempt from that McGill course in accordance with faculty policy, and receive the appropriate number of transfer credits. To learn more or to check if your course qualifies, click here.

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Joint Honours

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Loan vs. Bursary

The University offers a program of In-Course Financial Aid (loans and/or bursaries) to full time undergraduate and graduate degree students in good academic standing on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Learn more!

Loans
 are repayable awards that have a specified due date. While most loans are offered on a long-term basis, short-term loans are also available to students faced with extenuating circumstances.

Bursaries
 are non-repayable awards. The University offers an Entrance Financial Aid Program (non-repayable bursaries) to students from modest income families who have been accepted for undergraduate studies. Upon notification of acceptance to the University, newly accepted first-year first-degree students may apply for Entrance Financial Aid via the Financial Aid Menu on Minerva.

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Minerva

Minerva is McGill's web-based information system serving applicants, students, staff, and faculty. To access Minerva, click here and log in. 

Once logged in, you can:

myCourses

myCourses is McGill's learning management system for online teaching and learning and is used in many courses per term by thousands of students. Most courses are using myCourses in a hybrid or blended fashion, as an enhancement to classroom-based instruction. myCourses brings instructors and students together in a virtual classroom and has the potential to create a highly interactive learning environment. 

myCourses course sites can only be accessed by students officially registered in the course. myCourses thus provides a secure online environment that can be used to facilitate communication, assessment and collaboration among course participants, while protecting students’ rights to privacy and confidentiality. Learn more!

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Part Time 

Prerequisite Course

Probationary Standing

Program Calendar

McGill's 21 faculties and professional schools, on two campuses, offer programs of study in some 300 areas. The course calendars are catalogs of university courses, policies and other important information. For more information and to access the program calendars, click here.

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