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Graduate Studies at a Glance

Graduate Studies at a Glance

McGill University offers graduate and postdoctoral programs in the following units (organized by their administering home faculty):

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Agricultural Economics
Animal Science
Bioresource Engineering
Dietetics and Human Nutrition
Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry
Natural Resource Sciences
Parasitology
Plant Science
Arts
Anthropology
Art History
Classics, see History and Classical Studies
Communication Studies
East Asian Studies
Economics
English
French Language and Literature
Geography
German Studies
Hispanic Studies
History and Classical Studies
Institute for the Study of International Development
Islamic Studies
Italian Studies
Jewish Studies
Linguistics
Mathematics and Statistics
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Russian and Slavic Studies
Social Studies of Medicine
Social Work
Sociology
Dentistry
Dentistry
Desautels Faculty of Management
Desautels Faculty of Management
Education
Educational and Counselling Psychology
Information Studies
Integrated Studies in Education
Kinesiology and Physical Education
Engineering
Architecture
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mining and Materials Engineering
Urban Planning
Law
Law
McGill School of Environment
Environment
Medicine
Anatomy and Cell Biology
Biochemistry
Bioethics
Biomedical Engineering
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Experimental Medicine, see Medicine, Experimental
Human Genetics
Medical Physics
Microbiology and Immunology
Neuroscience (Integrated Program in)
Nursing
Occupational Health
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Pathology
Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Physical and Occupational Therapy
Physiology
Psychiatry
Surgical Research
Religious Studies
Religious Studies
Schulich School of Music
Schulich School of Music
Science
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Geography
Mathematics and Statistics
Physics
Psychology

Graduate Diplomas and Certificates

Graduate Diplomas and Certificates

Graduate diplomas and graduate certificates are programs of study under the academic supervision of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. They have as a prerequisite an undergraduate degree in the same discipline.

McGill University offers other diploma and certificate programs under the supervision of the relevant faculties and their Calendars should be consulted for further details.

Graduate Diplomas are offered in:  
Clinical Research (Experimental Medicine) Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Epidemiology and Biostatistics Professional Performance
Islamic Studies Public Accountancy (C.A.)
Library and Information Studies Registered Dietician Credentialing (R.D.)
Mining Engineering School and Applied Child Psychology (post-Ph.D.)
Nursing Surgical Health Care Research

These diploma programs consist of at least two terms of full-time study or the equivalent.

Graduate Certificates are offered in:  
Assessing Driving Capabilities Educational Leadership 2
Air and Space Law Library and Information Studies
Bioresource Engineering (IWRM) Post-M.B.A.
Biotechnology Teaching English as a Second Language
Comparative Law Theory in Primary Care
Educational Leadership 1 Theory in Neonatology

All graduate regulations apply to graduate diploma and certificate candidates.

Master's Degrees

Master's Degrees

Two categories of programs lead to higher degrees at McGill University, master's programs, and doctoral programs.

The following master's degrees are offered (see below for more information about sub-specializations): Prerequisites:
Master of Architecture (M.Arch) M.Arch. (professional degree) – McGill B.Sc.(Arch.) degree, or equivalent; M.Arch. (post-professional degree) – an M.Arch. (professional degree) or equivalent professional degree.
Master of Arts (M.A.) Bachelor of Arts in the subject selected for graduate work. See appropriate unit.
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) An undergraduate degree from an approved university. See Management.
Joint program: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with integrated Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) / Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) See Management.
Concurrent Master of Business Administration with Doctor of Medicine / Master of Surgery (M.B.A. with M.D.,C.M.) See Management.
Master of Manufacturing Management (M.M.M.) See Management.
Master of Education (M.Ed.) A bachelor's degree with specialization related to the subject chosen for graduate work, plus a Permanent Quebec Teaching Diploma or its equivalent for some of the above degrees. See appropriate department.
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Bachelor of Engineering or equivalent, with specialization appropriate for the subject selected for graduate study. See appropriate department.
Master of Laws (LL.M.) An acceptable degree in Law or equivalent qualifications. See Law.
Master of Library and Information Studies (M.L.I.S.) At least a bachelor's degree from a recognized university. See Library and Information Studies.
Master of Management (M.M.) See Management.
Master of Music (M.Mus.) Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts with concentration in the area selected for graduate study. See Music.
Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) B.A. with specialization in religious studies or theology. See Religious Studies.
Master of Science (M.Sc.) Bachelor of Science in the subject selected for graduate work. See appropriate unit.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.) A bachelor's degree in the subject selected for graduate work. See appropriate unit.
Master of Science, Applied (OT) (M.Sc.A. (OT)) A bachelor's degree in the subject selected for graduate work. See appropriate unit.
Master of Science, Applied (PT) (M.Sc.A. (PT)) A bachelor's degree in the subject selected for graduate work. See appropriate unit.
Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Bachelor's degree in Social Work including courses in statistics and social science research methods. See Social Work.
Joint program: Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with integrated Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) / Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) See School of Social Work.
Master of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) Bachelor's degree in any one of the following: Anthropology, Architecture, Economics, Civil Engineering, Geography, Law, Management, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology or Urban Planning, with adequate knowledge of quantitative techniques. See Urban Planning.

Master of Architecture Degrees

M.Arch. programs offered:

  • M.Arch. (professional degree) (Non-Thesis) in Design Studio and Design Studio – Directed Research
  • M.Arch. (post-professional degree) (Non-Thesis); specializations in Architectural History and Theory, Cultural Mediations and Technology, Urban Design and Housing

Master of Arts Degrees

Programs leading to the degree of Master of Arts are offered in the following areas:

  • Anthropology (Thesis and Non-Thesis); options in Development Studies, Environment, Gender and Women's Studies, Medical Anthropology
  • Art History (Non-Thesis); option in Gender and Women's Studies (Non-Thesis)
  • Classics (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Communication Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis); option in Gender and Women's Studies
  • Economics (Thesis and Non-Thesis); options in Development Studies (Non-Thesis) and Social Statistics (Non-Thesis)
  • Education (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • English (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • French (Thesis and Non-Thesis); option in Gender and Women's Studies
  • Geography; options in Development Studies, Environment, Gender and Women's Studies, Neotropical Environment, Social Statistics
  • German Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Hispanic Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • History (Thesis and Non-Thesis); options in Development Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis), European Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis), Gender and Women's Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis), History of Medicine (Non-Thesis)
  • Islamic Studies; option in Gender and Women's Studies
  • Italian Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Jewish Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Kinesiology and Physical Education (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Linguistics (Non-Thesis)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Music (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Philosophy; option in Bioethics
  • Political Science (Thesis and Non-Thesis); options in Development Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis), European Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis), Gender and Women's Studies (Non-Thesis), Social Statistics (Non-Thesis)
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis); options in Bioethics and Gender and Women's Studies
  • Russian
  • Sociology (Thesis and Non-Thesis); options in Development Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis), Environment, Gender and Women's Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis), Medical Sociology (Thesis and Non-Thesis), Social Statistics (Non-Thesis), Neotropical Environment

Master of Business Administration Degrees

A program leading to the degree of Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) is offered in the following concentrations:

  • Finance
  • Global Strategy and Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Technology and Innovation Management

An E.M.B.A. is also offered (joint with HEC).

Special programs:

  • M.B.A. with M.D.,C.M.
  • M.B.A. with B.C.L. and LL.B.
  • Master of Manufacturing Management (see Management and Mechanical Engineering)

Master's Degrees in Education

Three types of master's degrees are offered: M.A. (Thesis and Non-Thesis), M.Ed. (Non-Thesis) and M.Sc. (Thesis and Non-Thesis).

The M.A. may be taken in the following areas:

  • Counselling Psychology (Thesis and Non-Thesis): Counselling Psychology – Professional/Internship (Non-Thesis), Counselling Psychology – Project (Non-Thesis)
  • Education and Society (Thesis and Non-Thesis); options in Gender and Women's Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis) and Jewish Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Educational Psychology (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Educational Leadership (Thesis, Non-Thesis, and Non-Thesis Coursework); option in Gender and Women's Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Kinesiology and Physical Education (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Second Language Education (Thesis and Non-Thesis); option in Gender and Women's Studies (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Teaching and Learning (MATL) (Non-Thesis)

The M.Ed. may be taken in the following area:

  • Educational Psychology
The M.Sc. may be taken in the following area:
  • Kinesiology and Physical Education (Thesis and Non-Thesis)

Master's Degree in Engineering

Programs leading to the degree of Master of Engineering are offered in the following areas:

  • Aerospace Engineering (Project)
  • Biomedical Engineering; option in Bioinformatics
  • Chemical Engineering (Thesis and Project); option in Environmental Engineering (Project)
  • Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics (Thesis and Project); option in Environmental Engineering (Project)
  • Electrical Engineering (Thesis and Project); option in Computational Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering (Thesis and Project); option in Computational Science and Engineering
  • Mining and Materials Engineering (Thesis and Non-Thesis); options in Environmental Engineering (Non-Thesis), Mining (Non-Thesis), and Metals and Materials (Non-Thesis)

Other degrees:

  • Master of Management (M.M.) is offered in Manufacturing Management (see Department of Mechanical Engineering and Faculty of Management).
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) is offered in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Mining and Materials.

Master's Degrees in Law

The degree of Master of Laws is offered in:

  • Law (Thesis and Non-Thesis); options in Bioethics, Comparative Law (Thesis and Non-Thesis), Environment (Thesis and Non-Thesis), and European Studies
  • Air and Space Law (Thesis and Non-Thesis)

Master of Library and Information Studies Degree

The Graduate School of Library and Information Studies offers a postgraduate professional program in librarianship. Two years of full-time study or the equivalent are required.

Master's Degrees in Music

Programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Master of Music are offered in the Faculty of Music.

The M.A. may be taken in:

  • Music Technology
  • Musicology (Thesis and Non-Thesis); option in Gender and Women's Studies
  • Music Education (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Theory (Thesis and Non-Thesis); option in Gender and Women's Studies

The M.Mus. may be taken in:

  • Composition
  • Performance (various options) (Non-Thesis)
  • Sound Recording (Non-Thesis)

Applicants to the Performance program are required to pass auditions in their speciality.

Master's Degrees in Nursing

Two types of master's degrees are offered: Master of Science (Applied) and Master of Science (with thesis). These two-year programs are designed to prepare clinicians and researchers for the expanding function of nursing within the health care delivery system.

Master's Degrees in Religious Studies

A program leading to the degree of Sanctae Theologiae Magister (S.T.M.) is given in the Faculty of Religious Studies. This degree is primarily for those who intend to enter the ministry of the Christian Church or another religious institution, or to proceed to teaching in schools. A Master of Arts program (thesis and non-thesis) is also available.

Master of Science Degrees

Programs leading to the degree of Master of Science are provided in the following areas:

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Animal Science
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Science; options in Computational Science and Engineering, and Environment
  • Biochemistry; options in Bioinformatics, and Chemical Biology
  • Biology; options in Bioinformatics, Environment, and Neotropical Environment
  • Bioresource Engineering; options in Environment, Integrated Water Resource Management (Non-Thesis), and Neotropical Environment
  • Cell Biology and Anatomy
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry; option in Chemical Biology
  • Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Computer Science (Thesis and Non-Thesis); options in Bioinformatics, and Computational Science and Engineering
  • Dental Science (Thesis and Non-Thesis); option in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences; option in Environment
  • Entomology; options in Environment, and Neotropical Environment
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Thesis and Non-Thesis); option in Environment (Non-Thesis)
  • Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Geography; options in Environment, and Neotropical Environment
  • Genetic Counselling (Non-Thesis)
  • Human Genetics; option in Bioinformatics
  • Human Nutrition
  • Kinesiology and Physical Education (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Mathematics and Statistics (Thesis and Non-Thesis); options in Bioinformatics, and Computational Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Radiation Physics
  • Medicine, Experimental; options in Bioethics, Environment, and Family Medicine
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Microbiology (Macdonald Campus); option in Environment
  • Mining and Materials Engineering
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Otolaryngology
  • Parasitology; options in Bioinformatics, and Environment
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics; option in Chemical Biology
  • Physics
  • Physiology; option in Bioinformatics
  • Plant Science; options in Bioinformatics, Environment, and Neotropical Environment
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Sciences (Thesis and Non-Thesis)
  • Renewable Resources; options in Environment, Environmental Assessment (Non-Thesis), and Neotropical Environment
  • Surgery, Experimental

Master of Science, Applied, Degrees

This degree was designed to provide postgraduate training of a professional and vocational character, with less emphasis on theoretical knowledge and research than in Master of Science programs, but with no lower standards either for admission or completion of requirements. Two years of full-time study or equivalent are normally required with an emphasis on coursework.

Programs are available in:

  • Animal Science
  • Bioresource Engineering; options in Environment, Environmental Engineering, and Neotropical Environment
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Human Nutrition
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Health
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Plant Science
  • Physical Therapy

Other degrees:

  • Master of Science, Applied (OT)
  • Master of Science, Applied (PT)

Master of Social Work Degrees

The M.S.W. degree (Thesis and Non-Thesis options) represents a second level of professional study in which students build competence in a chosen field of practice.

Special program:

  • M.S.W. with B.C.L. and LL.B.

Master of Urban Planning Degree

The program requires a minimum of two years residence and a three-month internship with a member of a recognized planning association.

Options: Transportation Planning and Urban Design.

Doctoral Degrees

Doctoral Degrees

Two categories of programs lead to higher degrees at McGill University: master's programs and doctoral programs.

The following doctoral degrees are offered (see below for more information about sub-specializations): Prerequisites:
Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.) B.C.L. or LL.B. and usually LL.M. See Law.
Doctor of Music (D.Mus.) M.A. in Composition (D.Mus. in Composition) or an master's degree in Performance, and professional and teaching experience (D.Mus. in Performance). See Music.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) An undergraduate degree relevant to the subject chosen for graduate work. Some departments require all Ph.D. candidates to hold a master's degree in the same subject. Departments may recommend to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies that candidates of undoubted promise should be allowed to proceed directly to the Ph.D. degree without being required to submit a master's thesis.

Doctor of Civil Law Degrees

Doctoral programs are offered in Air and Space Law and Law (Comparative Law). Both are predominantly research degrees awarded on the basis of a thesis that represents an original contribution to the development of legal science.

Doctor of Music Degrees

The Doctor of Music degree is offered in Composition. The Doctoral thesis consists of a musical composition of major dimensions together with a written analysis of the work. The composition is presented by the candidate in concert. The regulations set forth for the Ph.D. generally apply also to the D.Mus.

The Doctor of Music degree is also offered in Performance. It is offered to professional musicians who wish to teach at the university level and to develop a specialization in a particular repertoire, approach, or discipline (musicology, music theory, music education and pedagogy, or music technology).

Doctor of Philosophy Degrees

Programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy are offered in the following areas:
  • Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • Animal Science; option in Bioinformatics
  • Anthropology; option in Neotropical Environment
  • Architecture
  • Art History; option in Gender and Women's Studies
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • Biochemistry; options in Bioinformatics, and Chemical Biology
  • Biology; options in Bioinformatics, Developmental Biology, Environment, and Neotropical Environment
  • Biomedical Engineering; option in Bioinformatics
  • Bioresource Engineering; options in Environment, and Neotropical Environment
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry; option in Chemical Biology
  • Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics
  • Classics
  • Communication Studies; option in Gender and Women's Studies
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders; option in Language Acquisition
  • Computer Science; option in Bioinformatics
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences; option in Environment
  • Economics
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Studies; option in Gender and Women's Studies
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Entomology; options in Environment, and Neotropical Environment
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry
  • French; option in Gender and Women's Studies
  • Geography; options in Environment, Gender and Women's Studies, and Neotropical Environment
  • German
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Human Genetics; option in Bioinformatics
  • Human Nutrition
  • Information Studies
  • Islamic Studies; option in Gender and Women's Studies
  • Linguistics; option in Language Acquisition
  • Management
  • Mathematics and Statistics; option in Bioinformatics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine, Experimental; option in Environment
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Microbiology (Macdonald Campus); options in Bioinformatics, and Environment
  • Mining and Materials Engineering
  • Music; option in Gender and Women's Studies
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing; option in Psychosocial Oncology
  • Occupational Health Sciences
  • Parasitology; options in Bioinformatics, and Environment
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics; option in Chemical Biology
  • Philosophy; options in Environment, and Gender and Women's Studies
  • Physics
  • Physiology; option in Bioinformatics
  • Plant Science; options in Bioinformatics, Environment, and Neotropical Environment
  • Political Science
  • Psychology; options in Language Acquisition, and Psychosocial Oncology
  • Rehabilitation Science
  • Religious Studies; option in Gender and Women's Studies
  • Renewable Resources; options in Environment, and Neotropical Environment
  • Russian
  • School/Applied Child Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology; options in Environment, and Gender and Women's Studies
  • Surgery, Experimental

The following joint Ph.D. programs are offered:

  • Nursing (McGill/Université de Montréal)
  • Management (McGill/Concordia/H.E.C./UQAM)
  • Social Work (McGill/Université de Montréal)

Postdoctoral Research

Postdoctoral Research

See Postdoctoral Research for information about postdoctoral research at McGill University.

Faculty of Science—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)